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Lottie & Walter
By (author): Anna Walker
9781328470386 Hardcover, Picture book English Age (years) from 4 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Marine Life May 07, 2019 Print Run: 25000
$25.50 CAD
Active 9.12 x 10.25 x 0.4 in 40 pages full-color illustrations Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Clarion Books
An original, compelling, and visually stunning treatment of a common childhood predicament: overcoming a fear of the water.

Lottie goes to swim lessons every Saturday, but she never gets in the water. That’s because she is convinced there is a shark in the pool, a shark that wants to eat her and only her. But then Walter appears. Walter likes singing and reading books and bubble baths, and his favorite food is fish sticks, just like Lottie. When Saturday rolls around again, Lottie is no more ready to jump in the pool than she was before. Or is she? Sometimes it just takes a special friend to find the courage that was inside you all along.

Anna Walker writes and illustrates picture books in Melbourne, Australia. Among her previous books for Clarion areFlorette andPeggy. Like Lottie, Anna was afraid of the water as a child, but she enjoys swimming now. Though occasionally she still like a walrus to hold her hand.annawalker.com.au

Rep Pick: Lottie goes to swimming lessons every week but she doesn’t swim. In fact she doesn’t even dip her toes in the water—because only she knows there’s a shark in the pool. With the help of her imaginary friend Walter the Walrus, Lottie finally takes the plunge. For anyone who has ever hesitated to jump, this heartwarming story by the author-illustrator of Florette, an NYT “Top 10 Picture Book of 2018,” will inspire and delight. —Lorna MacDonald

"Walker’s (“Florette”) watery, dreamy art casts a spell yet offers down-to-earth reassurance."—The New York Times Book Review

"Quiet prose...and soft, thoughtful watercolors give this story of facing one’s fears an intimate, confiding feel, with...just the right amount of gentle amusement."—Publishers Weekly

"Walker's soft and appropriately watery illustrations complement and extend her whimsical text, lending a dreamlike feel to the story.... A quiet book about making a giant leap." —Kirkus

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[A] gentle story addressing a common childhood fear.... Soothing gouache-and-pencil illustrations feature lots of white space, muted colors, and an eye for fine details." —Booklist

"[T]his tale of courage found through strength from a friend, however imaginary, validates a child’s feelings and may encourage discussion of personal fears."—School Library Journal

"The illustrations capture Lottie’s emotions as she transitions from fearful to fearless." —School Library Connection

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