The Hidden Folk

The Hidden Folk

Stories of Fairies, Dwarves, Selkies, and Other Secret Beings

By Lise Lunge-Larsen; Beth Krommes (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Hardcover, 9780618174959, 72pp.

Publication Date: August 2004


Selkies, fairies, gnomes, hill folk, river spritesdo you believe in them? Perhaps among the flowers, beside a mountain, or near deep waters you’ve caught a glimpse, once or twice, of what you thought might be the silvery shadow of a dwarf, or a hint of a fairy’s wing, or the tail of the water horse. Or was it just the odd light of dusk or dawn playing tricks? As Lise Lunge-Larsen’s magical, timeless stories reveal and Beth Krommes’s enchanting scratchboard illustrations capture, the hidden folk are there, all right: you just have to know whereand howto look.

About the Author
Lise Lunge-Larsen is an award-winning author and a professional storyteller. Born and raised in Norway, she lives with her family in the hills of Duluth, Minnesota.

Beth Krommes is the Caldecott Winning illustrator of The House in the Night and other beautifully illustrated, much-acclaimed picture books like Swirl by Swirl, and Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow. She lives in Peterborough, NH. Visit

Praise For The Hidden Folk

The author draws on a rich tradition of legends and myths, retelling them in an accessible manner that will captivate readers.
School Library Journal, Starred

The intimate and chatty tone of the text...encourages confidence in the teller's veracity and repeated reading of the collection.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

The tales of mysterious Northern European creatures inspire enchanting scratchboard illustration in a folk-tradition.
Publishers Weekly

These small, delightful tales are fabulously's very easy to see elves, gnomes, and dwarves being comfortable in such places.
Kirkus Reviews

Professional storyteller Lunge-Larsen presents eight short tales, retold or intevented, featuring magical creatures that lurk just out of sight...Krommes provides handsome borders and stylized full-page illustrations that give this gathering a suitably folktale feel.
Booklist, ALA