Lottie & Walter (Hardcover)

By Anna Walker

Clarion Books, 9781328470386, 40pp.

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

List Price: 17.99*
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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.

About the Author

Author and illustrator Anna Walker has won numerous children’s book design and writing awards in her native Australia. The artwork and stories she’s created in her Melbourne studio have reached young readers worldwide. Visit her online at annawalker.com.au, on Twitter @basementbird and on Instagram @_annawalker_. 

Praise For Lottie & Walter

"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

[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

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