Luck of the Loch Ness Monster (Hardcover)

A Tale of Picky Eating

By Scott Magoon (Illustrator), Alice Weaver Flaherty

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780618556441, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 10, 2007

List Price: 16.00*
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Once upon a time, on a long, slow trip to Scotland, a little girl named Katerina-Elizabeth tossed her oatmeal overboard—again, and again, and again. She was a picky eater, and oatmeal was her least favorite food.
And once upon a time, a small worm, no bigger than a piece of thread, swam alongside an ocean liner bound for Scotland and ate bowl after bowl of tossed oatmeal. He had never tasted anything as wonderful as oatmeal in his whole life. A. W. Flaherty and Scott Magoon unravel the Loch Ness legend in this whimsical picture book for the picky (and not-so-picky) eater in all of us.

About the Author

SCOTT MAGOON is an art director who has written and illustrated several acclaimed picture books, including Hugo and Miles in I’ve Painted Everything. He lives in Reading, Massachusetts.

A. W. Flaherty is a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital who also teaches at Harvard Medical School. She is the author of The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and the Creative Brain. A. W. lives with her husband and twin daughters near Boston.

Praise For Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating

[A] lot of imagination and wonderful storytelling techniques…Dark, cartoonlike watercolors exhibit an excellent use of perspective…simple yet quirky narrative… School Library Journal

"Picky eaters will love the premise and the oatmeal revolt." Booklist 10/01/07 Booklist, ALA

"Mark Twain would have approved of this tall tale…[Flaherty’s] wry tone and Magoon’s droll watercolors lend unexpected charm.” PW 9/17/07

Publishers Weekly

"The laugh-out-loud funny, and Scott Magoon's illustrations...make the book a fantastic read." SLC Tribune 10/15/07 Salt Lake City Tribune

"Funny even if you're not living with picky eaters." The Chicago Tribune 12/08/07 The Chicago Tribune

Boston Globe