New book

This is my newest book Miss Brooks Loves Books! and I don’t, (Knopf/RandomHouse 2010). It was written by the legendary writer and teacher of legendary writers,  Barbara Bottner ( She has written such classics as the picture book, Bootsie Barker Bites, and taught people such as Caldecott winner Peggy Rathman. ‘Bootsie’ is one of my all time favorite picture books and I was thrilled to actually meet Barbara at a speaking event we did together in the US. We kept in touch, and this is the result!  The first of hopefully many books we will collaborate on. In fact I am working on the illustrations of our next book right now… Even though she is in LA, I am in Dublin, and our publisher is in New York, we can still do our work, as so many authors and illustrators do,  by email and telephone. The illustrations for this book were the first done by me here in Ireland.

It’s supposed to be released in March but hey, it already has reviews…

“Lots of fun for avid and reluctant readers alike.”

— BookList

“The Heroine makes an indelible presence…

Emberly’s slice-of-life cartooning is funny, empathetic, and of-the-moment.”

—Publishers Weekly

“…Clever and Quirky.”

Amazon’s Best Books of March(2008) –

“Bottner’s deadpan humor and delicious prose combine with Emberley’s droll caricatures to create a story sure to please those who celebrate books. “

—School Library Journal – * Starred Review

“Barbara Bottner and Michael Emberley pay playful homage to the diverse tastes of child readers and valiant librarians.

—Powell’s Books

Bernardine - April 15, 2010 - 4:04 pm

Congrats on the blog! It’s really professional – didn’t know you were such a dab hand at all this as well as everything else! Re your new bok – I love the drawing of the kid drawing – it reminds me of Mel when we were kids – a pose the child artist in her often bundled herself into. And the one in the same series of her skipping as she sings has a lovely happy feel.

Congrats as well on the award – you kept that quiet til now. Excuse for a pint for sure.

Bernardine - April 15, 2010 - 4:08 pm

My favourites are the drawing of the kid drawing – it reminds me of Mel when we were kids – content in her own world drawing away – and the one of the girl skipping as she sings which has a lovely happy feel.