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A Squiggly Story

“…a charming little book that may help first time storytellers keep trying to write stories, even if they lack the ability to draw proper letterforms.”
– New York Times – September 2016
“A positive tale of how a story can emerge organically from an inkling of an idea to an imaginative literary excursion…”
– Kirkus Reviews – Starred Review, May 2016


2017  CLEL Bell Award, Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, Short-listed
2017  Teachers’ Choices Reading List, International Literacy Association, Winner
2017  Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner
2016 Best Picture Books of 2016, Kirkus Reviews, Winner

In the Tree House

“… cheerily illustrated … this picture book captures … the thrill of brotherly camaraderie …”
— The Wall Street Journal, April 2013
“The layout of this small, oblong picture book is attractive, and the story is pleasant.”
— School Library Journal, April 2013
“Heartfelt and subtle.”
— Booklist, April 2013
“Larsen’s text is full of delights, simple sensory details that capture a mood. … To these crisply written words, Petricic brings his own rich dimension of narrative and character.”
—Quill & Quire – Starred Review, May 2013

2013 Book of the Year 2013: Books for Young People, Quill  & Quire, Winner
2014 Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Bank Street Children’s Book Committee, Winner
2014 Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2014 Jean Throop Book Award, Municipal Chapter of Toronto IODE, Winner
2014 Shining Willow Award, The Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award, Short-listed
2014 Canadian Children’s Literature Award Fan Choice Award, Winner


Bye, Bye, Butterflies!
Bye, Bye, Butterflies! serves as a model for being able to hold a young child’s attention while listening/reading a compelling storyline with an interesting character – and sneaking in some really cool science, too.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials

2013   Information Book Award nominee Long List


The Imaginary Garden
“As fresh and vibrant as a spring bouquet, this joyous offering will delight children, particularly young artists, throughout the year.”
— Booklist, Starred Review, March 2009
“… sweet and visually appealing …”
— School Library Journal, March 2009
“More than the gardening or even the flowers, the dance of imagination between grandfather and grandchild is sweetly filigreed across the pages.”
— Kirkus Reviews, February 2009
The Imaginary Garden affirms both a warm bond between grandparent and child and the transformative power of the creative imagination.”
— Quill & Quire, March 2009

2011    Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2011    Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award, Short-listed
2010    Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, Canadian Library Association, Short-listed
2010    Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner
2010    Outstanding International Book, USBBY, Winner
2010    Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, Short-listed
2009    Book of the Year, Foreword Magazine, Short-listed
2009    Governor General’s Literary Award, Children’s Illustration, Canada Council for the Arts, Short-listed


Bella and the Bunny
“A solid choice for any collection geared to younger children.”
— CM Magazine, April 2007
“Author Andrew Larsen captures well the tenderness most children feel for small animals, while the rounded shapes of Kate Endle’s collage illustrations prove expressive and reassuring.”
—Washington Parent, April 2007