Award winning author and illustrator Michael Garland has been out on the New York Times Best Seller list four times.
Some recent Michael Garland books from are; Oh, What A Christmas! Scholastic, Miss Smith Under the Ocean, Dutton Publishers, and Grandpa's Tractor, Boyds Mills
Michael Garland's greatest success has been for writing and illustrating children's picture books. Garland's Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook recently won the California and Delaware State Reading Awards. He is currently working on his thirtieth book as author and illustrator.
Michael Garland has illustrated for celebrity authors like James Patterson and Gloria Estefan. His illustrations for Patterson's SantaKid were the inspiration for Sak's Fifth's Avenue's Christmas holiday window display in New York City. Garland's Christmas Magic has become a season classic and is currently being developed for a for a TV special.
His work has won many honors and is frequently included in the Society of Illustrators and the Original Art of Children's book show as well annuals from Print, Graphis and Communications Arts magazines. Recently, Michael Garland was included on the list of the top one hundred Irish Americans by Irish American Magazine. Michael Garland is frequently asked to speak at schools, literary conferences and festivals across the country.
I found this book while at the library and let me tell you I am impressed, not only by my son's interest in reading it, but with the quality of the art and educational storyline. I am buying this book to add to our library! The detailed illustrations captivated my son! I found the incorporation of the classics (MOBY DICK, TREASURE ISLAND, ROBINSON CRUESO & more!)refreshing. This book can be used as a starting point to introduce real books/classics to your child in the future. This is the first time I have read a book by Michael Garland to my son and it definitely will not be the last.
We love this book! We love the colorful pictures! We love the writing because it's cool. We enjoyed visiting the National Aquarium and seeing the submarine and the pirate ship with Miss Smith! It has lots of details about the ocean. We liked the writing because the capital letters have a special design. It shows a lot of things that live in the sea, like the giant squid. We like seeing the characters from different books and learning a little bit about the sea. We want to read it again!
We have read lots of books by Michael Garland and we LOVE THEM!
Miss Smith, that awesome red-headed, red-shoed teacher, reads again, and this time characters from "sea stories" come to life. Starting with "The Owl and the Pussycat", so that Miss Smith and the students have a boat, of course, Miss Smith wastes no time in conjuring the whale that eluded Ahab. The marvelous Miss Smith reads through so many adventures and the class meets so many characters, but it is the visit from Captain Nemo that makes me jealous. What I would give to bring the Nautilus to life! Clearly, Michael Garland loves books. He makes me want to go back and re-read every one of those classic tales.
As wonderful as this story is, it is the completely brilliant, slightly manic illustrations that breathe life into this book. My son, at not yet four, is too young to understand the literary allusions, but he can understand what is happening on each page because the illustrations are so absolutely perfect.