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Works by Michael Hague

The Book of Dragons (1995) 326 copies, 1 review
A Child's Book of Prayers (1985) 231 copies
Aesop's Fables (1985) 176 copies, 5 reviews
The Book of Fairies (1979) 152 copies, 3 reviews
A Wind In the Willows Christmas (2000) 109 copies, 2 reviews
In the Small (2008) 82 copies, 7 reviews
The Book of Fairy Poetry (2004) 70 copies, 6 reviews
The Book of Pirates (2001) 69 copies, 1 review
Michael Hague's Magical World of Unicorns (1999) 65 copies, 1 review
Kate Culhane: A Ghost Story (2001) 65 copies, 4 reviews
The Perfect Present (1996) 60 copies, 1 review
The Nutcracker (2003) 58 copies, 1 review
Michael Hague's World of Unicorns (1986) 37 copies, 1 review
Legendary Creatures of Myth and Magic (2006) — Illustrator — 35 copies
Treasured Classics (2011) 34 copies, 1 review
O Christmas Tree (1991) 32 copies
Where Fairies Dance (2008) 31 copies, 1 review
Deck the Halls (1991) 31 copies
Teddy Bears' Mother Goose (2001) 31 copies, 2 reviews
The Book of Wizards (2008) 25 copies, 1 review
A Unicorn Journal (1990) 16 copies
The Book of Ghosts (2009) 14 copies
Mammon (2017) 11 copies
Eye of Newt (2015) 9 copies
White Christmas (2010) — Illustrator — 9 copies
My Secret Garden Diary (1990) 3 copies
The Tolkien Calendar 1986 (1986) 2 copies
Fairies 2010 Calendar (2009) 1 copy
Fairies 2008 Calendar (2007) 1 copy
Jingle Bells 1 copy

Associated Works

The Hobbit (1937) — Illustrator, some editions — 95,742 copies, 1,192 reviews
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) — Cover artist, some editions — 46,456 copies, 765 reviews
The Secret Garden (1911) — Illustrator, some editions — 35,947 copies, 558 reviews
Eragon (2002) — Illustrator, some editions — 32,857 copies, 641 reviews
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) — Illustrator, some editions — 27,561 copies, 482 reviews
Little Women (1868) — Illustrator, some editions — 26,858 copies, 403 reviews
The Wind in the Willows (1908) — Illustrator, some editions — 24,136 copies, 329 reviews
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) — Illustrator, some editions — 22,358 copies, 425 reviews
Peter Pan (1911) — Illustrator, some editions — 19,257 copies, 323 reviews
The Velveteen Rabbit (1922) — Illustrator, some editions — 14,342 copies, 218 reviews
The Borrowers (1952) — Illustrator, some editions — 8,619 copies, 125 reviews
The Story of Doctor Dolittle (1920) — Illustrator, some editions — 4,178 copies, 42 reviews
The Children's Book of Virtues (1995) — some editions — 2,932 copies, 6 reviews
The Reluctant Dragon (1898) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,882 copies, 18 reviews
The Children's Book of Heroes (1997) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,216 copies, 1 review
Old Mother West Wind (1910) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,171 copies, 7 reviews
The Teddy Bear's Picnic (1987) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,057 copies, 6 reviews
Alphabears: An ABC Book (1984) — Illustrator — 852 copies, 10 reviews
The Fairy Tales (1960) — Illustrator, some editions — 398 copies, 3 reviews
Numbears: A Counting Book (1986) — Illustrator — 352 copies, 1 review
The Unicorn and the Lake (1982) — Illustrator — 249 copies, 7 reviews
Michael Hague's Favourite Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales (1981) — Illustrator — 231 copies, 4 reviews
Dragons of Light (1980) — Illustrator, some editions — 225 copies, 3 reviews
Rootabaga Stories: Part One (1973) — Illustrator, some editions — 192 copies, 5 reviews
Julia Noonan's Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (1992) — Illustrator — 183 copies, 6 reviews
The Unicorn Alphabet (1989) — Illustrator — 169 copies, 1 review
Ten Little Bears: A Counting Rhyme (1999) — Illustrator — 149 copies, 1 review
Beauty and the Beast (1980) — Illustrator — 147 copies, 3 reviews
The Children's Treasury of Virtues (2000) — Illustrator, some editions — 144 copies
Good Night, Fairies (2002) — Illustrator — 143 copies, 2 reviews
Rootabaga Stories: Part Two (1974) — Illustrator, some editions — 138 copies, 5 reviews
East of the Sun and West of the Moon (1980) — Illustrator — 129 copies
Jingle Bells (1990) — Illustrator — 99 copies, 4 reviews
The Art of Mickey Mouse (1991) — Illustrator, some editions — 80 copies, 3 reviews
Dream Weaver (1979) — Illustrator — 64 copies, 1 review
The Man Who Kept House (1981) — Illustrator — 64 copies
Bear Hugs (1989) — Illustrator — 64 copies
Tikvah: Children's Book Creators Reflect on Human Rights (2001) — Contributor — 62 copies, 1 review
The Little Mermaid [Michael Hague] (1994) — Illustrator — 62 copies, 3 reviews
Out of the Nursery, into the Night (1800) — Illustrator — 60 copies
The Owl and the Pussycat [Hague] (1995) — Illustrator — 60 copies
The Frog Princess (1984) — Illustrator, some editions — 57 copies, 9 reviews
The Fairies (1989) — Illustrator, some editions — 56 copies, 2 reviews
Calendarbears: A Book of Months (1997) — Illustrator — 48 copies
The Night Before Christmas: A Michael Hague Pop-up Book (1981) — Illustrator — 44 copies
A Necklace of Fallen Stars (1979) — Illustrator, some editions — 29 copies
Legend of the Veery Bird (1985) — Illustrator — 27 copies, 2 reviews
Demetrius and the Golden Goblet (1980) — Illustrator — 27 copies
The Wind in the Willows: A Fine Welcome (My Readers) (2013) — Illustrator — 17 copies
Masterpieces of Science Fiction (1978) — Illustrator — 15 copies
Cabbage Moth and the Shamrock (1978) — Illustrator, some editions — 13 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 9, May 1978 (1978) — Illustrator — 5 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 8, April 1978 (1978) — Illustrator — 5 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 7, March 1978 (1978) — Illustrator — 5 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 2, October 1977 (1977) — Illustrator — 4 copies
Faerie Magazine, #22 Autumn 2011 (2012) — Illustrator — 4 copies
Fangoria Horror Magazine #4, February 1980 (1980) — Illustrator — 4 copies
James A. Michener Retells South Pacific (1992) — Illustrator — 4 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 3, November 1977 (1971) — Illustrator — 3 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 10, June 1978 — Illustrator — 2 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 8, April 1977 (1977) — Cover artist — 1 copy

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Prolific children's author and artist Michael Hague joined forces with paper engineers John Strejan and Rodger Smith in this pop-up book from 1986, highlighting the beauty and enchantment of unicorns. In six two-page spreads, various pop-up scenes—art by Hague, paper engineering by the Strejan / Smith team—are paired with a narrative describing some of the magical qualities of these mythic equines, from the flowers which spring from their steps to the healing power of their horns. Born from flowers and protected by the fairies, the unicorn brings a sense of safety and well-being to all who surround him...

I've been on something of a unicorn kick recently, and after reading and enjoying the 1999 picture book, Michael Hague's Magical World of Unicorns, which pairs various quotations about unicorns with Hague's artwork, I discovered this earlier, similarly-titled book. As it happens, many databases combine the two books (I had to separate them out, on two sites that I use), under the mistaken impression they are the same. However that may be, I am glad that I sought this one out, as I found it quite charming. I am not a pop-up aficionado (even as a child I didn't gravitate to the form), but I think that element of the book holds up fairly well, given that it is almost forty years old at this point. The paper elements aren't as complicated as what one would find in a Robert Sabuda or Matthew Reinhart title, but are still quite engaging, and the artwork itself is vintage Hague—enjoyable for me, even if rarely a personal favorite. There isn't really much of a story here, just some discussion of how unicorns live in Fairyland, but the overall reading and viewing experience with Michael Hague's World of Unicorns was a pleasure. Recommended to young unicorn fans, and to anyone who enjoys pop-up books and paper engineering.
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AbigailAdams26 | May 23, 2024 |
Children's author and artist Michael Hague's gorgeous illustrations featuring unicorns are gathered in this beautiful picture book anthology, with a poem or a quotation from a longer work about unicorns paired with each painting. Snippets from Auden and Shakespeare, poems from Ann Santinho and Ella Young, quotations from works such as Robert Brown's 1881 The Unicorn: A Mythological Investigation and Georgess McHargue's 1968 The Beasts of Never—these and other selections are paired with the beautiful artwork, offering just a taste of the unicorn lore out there...

Published in 1999, Michael Hague's Magical World of Unicorns is very much a vehicle for the artist's work, rather than a proper story or poetry anthology. It certainly highlights many of Hague's gorgeous unicorn paintings, and the visuals here are more than worth seeking out, for their own sake. That being said, the snippets and quotations presented are also intriguing, with many authors and works known to me, and a few which were not. I appreciated the diversity of selections on offer, from German folk songs, medieval accounts, a hymn to Buddha, modern fantasies and non-fiction, and poetry. Hague created an earlier pop-up book with a similar name, back in 1986 (Michael Hague's World of Unicorns), that I have decided to seek out, to compare and contrast to this later picture book. As for this one, I would recommend it to unicorns lovers young and old, and fans of the artist.
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AbigailAdams26 | May 11, 2024 |
A charming story about a bunny, Jack, who finds the perfect present for his sweetheart and then loses it, with many unexpected twists.
 
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librisissimo | Jan 29, 2023 |
Mother Goose rhymes that feature teddy bears either in the text or the illustrations.
 
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BLTSbraille | 1 other review | Oct 7, 2021 |

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