Books by Lari Don

THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO CURSES by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A real treat. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A rollicking introduction to a fantasy trilogy set in Scotland. Read full book review >
SERPENTS AND WEREWOLVES by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Engaging stories that will hook kids, send them looking for traditional stories, and perhaps encourage some to take up the art of oral (and written) storytelling. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A storyteller puts her own stamp on 15 traditional tales from four different continents about shape-shifters, those people who turn into animals and back again. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON'S HOARD by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An engaging collection, cast in modern but not anachronistic prose and equally suitable for reading aloud or alone. (Folk tales. 8-11)"
Heroes, monsters, gods, and kings collide in 11 tales retold from ancient sources by a Scottish storyteller. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF THE KELPIE by Lari Don
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 1, 2016

"A grim cautionary tale reworked as a short adventure with a happy ending for primary grade readers and listeners. (Picture book/folk tale. 7-9)"
Playing by the loch on a sunny afternoon, the blacksmith's five children find a beautiful white horse and attempt to ride it, only to be nearly drowned. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF TAM LINN by Lari Don
retold by Lari Don, illustrated by Philip Longson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A traditional Scots tale served up both fresh and freshly illustrated. (Picture book/folk tale. 7-9)"
The captive knight's rescuer comes off as particularly fierce and courageous in this retelling of the old Scottish border ballad. Read full book review >
MIND BLIND by Lari Don
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Come for the mind-reading spies; stay for the unlikely duo that's unable to trust each other. (Paranormal adventure. 12-16)"
A boy gifted with exceptional mind-reading abilities and the sister of the girl he helped murder form a tenuous alliance. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC WORD by Lari Don
Released: May 1, 2014

"This airy cautionary tale will draw young listeners in with its appealing illustrations as Catriona realizes that thank-you notes aren't so bad after all. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Are saying "please" and "thank you" really all that important? Read full book review >
MASHA AND THE BEAR by Lari Don
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Wit, humor and a resourceful heroine come together in an irresistible folk tale for early readers and young listeners to savor. (Early reader/folk tale. 4-7)"
Who's afraid of a big bad bear? Read full book review >
THE HUNGRY WOLF by Lari Don
retold by Lari Don, illustrated by Melanie Williamson
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Youngsters will laugh along with the lovable lamb in this Wile E. Coyote prototype. (Early reader/folktale. 5-7)"
There's nothing as tasty as lamb for dinner…. Read full book review >
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by Lari Don
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Gorgeously designed and packaged with a CD narrated by Imelda Staunton, this provocative telling is for young lovers of the gothic. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-8)"
Atmospheric illustrations—lush, dark and mysterious—will lure daring readers into this retelling of a classic tale. Read full book review >
THE TORTOISE'S GIFT by Lari Don
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"This Zambian tale adapts well to the early-reader format. (Folk tale/early reader. 5-7)"
Is a tortoise too small and slow to be of any help? Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An excellent addition to both the folk tale genre and the early-reader shelf. (Folk tale/early reader. 4-7)"
Does one good turn deserve another? Read full book review >
ORANGE JUICE PEAS! by Lari Don
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"This provides both a fairly high cute factor and hard evidence that big brothers tend to be the same everywhere. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A big brother allows the baby sitter to misunderstand his little sister in this Scottish import. Read full book review >
HOW TO MAKE A HERON HAPPY by Lari Don
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"As read-aloud or read-alone, a nice addition to the caring-for-our environment collection. (Picture book. 3-7) "
Worried because the heron in the park looks grumpy, Hamish tries a variety of ways to please it, only to decide that perhaps herons can't smile. Read full book review >