Enchanted Lion Books, 9781592702169, 48pp.
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
"In goofy and dramatic pictures, Tim Miller captures the descent into this land of a young coin-fancier named Collin, his tussles with the toothy monster, and the odd fellowship that develops between them."--The Wall Street Journal
A surprising book that is a little scary and more than a little deep, Margarash is about a young boy and a seemingly-nasty monster who realize they need each other.
"The illustrations by Tim Miller are very unique, sparse in odd, muted tones befitting the insides of a sofa. This is a gem, not to be missed. ... A perfect book It reads like a modern-day fairy tale though it has the feeling of age about it: children confronting and outsmarting monsters - and the best part - befriending monsters."--STARRED REVIEW, Katrina Yurenka, Youth Services Book Review
"My kids love this book. No. They do. They LOVE this book. ... The story involves a monster that lives beneath all the couch cushions in the world, taking and keeping the loose change he finds. There's even a catchy little chant, "The coins that fall are for Margarash / Margarash / Margarash / The coins that fall are for Margarash / Leave them where they lie." I have it memorized." --Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal
"A captivatingly grouchy couch monster and a curious kid who gets trapped in his underworld is really the stuff picture book magic is made of. ... A perfect book to add to a Halloween collection, although we definitely will be keeping this out year round."--The Reading Ninja
"It's a story with the feel of a modern-day fairy tale or urban legend, one that suggests that compassion and common ground can go a long way toward making friends out of would-be enemies." --Publisher's Weekly
"Riddle's prose provides a strong momentum overall, driving page turns and inspiring Miller's whimsical, childlike illustrations, which depict the titular monster as a gray, furred creature with a comically toothy underbite. A sweet tale of a mutual passion and an unlikely friendship."--Kirkus Reviews
Mark Riddle is a Youth Services Librarian with a colossal beard. He was born in Australia, has lived in Taiwan and Turkey, and now resides in North Carolina with his wife, Kate; their cat, Warda Runciblespoon; and several fish and chickens. This is his first picture book.
Tim Miller is the author-illustrator who studied at the School of Visual Arts where he earned a Bachelor's in Cartooning and a Master's in Art Education.Tim Miller's picture book debut as an illustrator, SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR (DID NOT ASK TO BE IN THIS BOOK ) received four starred reviews from PW, Kirkus, Booklist, and The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books; and was selected as an Amazon 2016 Best Children's Book of the Year, as well as, a Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards Best Picture Book. Tim's debut as author and illustrator, MOO MOO in a TUTU was a 2017 Junior Library Guild selection, and his second book WHAT'S COOKING, MOO MOO? was a 2018 Junior Library Guild selection. Tim is also the illustrator of SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR AND HIS BEST FRIEND FOREVER (PROBABLY), HORSE MEETS DOG, MARGARASH, and the middle-grade series HAMSTERSAURUS REX. Tim lives and works in Jersey City, New Jersey with his wife and three cats.