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After her 2019 Peachtree release, Isabella Bird is hot off the press in paperback. Hooray! Eagle-eyed readers, much like Isabella jotting down her detailed observations in her notebooks, may catch some fun changes on the cover. Instead of galloping down a mountain, Isabella and her steed are surveying the stunning mountain views. The observant reader may catch changes in the title as well. The addition of "true" and "explorer" immediately lets readers know that this is a picture book biography about a real person—a daring explorer, Isabella Bird, who challenged society's boundaries for women during the Victorian Age and wrote 10 bestselling books about her explorations around the world.

"No man now ever says of any difficult thing that I could not do it."—Isabella Bird.  


Lori Mortensen is an award-winning children's author of more than 100 books. Recent picture book releases include Arlo Draws an Octopus, NONSENSE! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey, If Wendell Had a Walrus, illustrated by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Matt Phelan, Away with Words, the Daring Story of Isabella Bird, Mousequerade Ball, illustrated by renowned illustrator Betsy Lewin, Chicken Lily, and Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range, the sequel to Amazon bestseller Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg.




ARLO DRAWS AN OCTOPUS  is an empowering picture book about creativity, making mistakes, and changing your perspective. This endearing and relatable story gives readers of all ages a gentle reminder that we're better than we may think. Sometimes all it takes is a second look.  

"Well-written and full of fun surprises."—Kirkus Reviews  


"A playful, reassuring picture book."—Booklist