Once upon a time in Scotland, a young prince had lost his smile.
It seemed nothing could raise a smile from Prince Donald, not the baker’s treats or the bard’s songs. The court magician tried to make a new magical beast for the prince, but it was so awkward he let it go. Hana, the magician’s granddaughter, was still determined to help Donald. Using her grandfather’s magic, she invented a majestic creature with the body of a horse and the horn of a gazelle, and called him ‘a unicorn’.
Hana and Donald playfully chase the unicorn through the forest, and it seems that this magical animal might hold the key to the prince’s smile. But then they discover a darker beast, lurking in the trees. The unicorn, magical and strong, is Scotland’s national animal and heraldic symbol. Renowned Scottish children’s author and storyteller Lari Don weaves an enchanting tale, inspired by local folklore, about the origins of the unicorn.
‘There’s plenty of magic, but it’s old-style Scottish magic, without any pink glitter, and all the more potent for it… A perfect first foray into folklore for a young reader, but also a reminder that picture books are not just for pre-schoolers — this rich blend of words and Natasa’s striking pictures should be enjoyed by much older children (and grown-ups) too.’
— Roaring Reads
‘It’s nice to read a book which focuses on something other than a unicorn’s cuteness. Nataša’s illustrations beautifully capture the majesty and strength of the unicorn. I also really liked the pages with swirling magic and powdered starlight.
I enjoyed The Legend of the First Unicorn — a tale steeped in the tradition of Scottish oral history and full of wonder and magic.’
— Get Kids Into Books
Praise for The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster:
‘With a refreshing new spin on the classic legend of the Loch Ness Monster, Lari Don offers children a tender and inspiring tale.’
— Scottish Field
‘Dreamlike illustrations from Nataša Ilincic match the story perfectly, dark and fascinating against majestic landscapes.’
— Acorn Books
‘Lari Don tells a magical tale that has the cadence and all the earmarks of an ancient myth… The gorgeous illustrations by Nataśa Ilinčić will carry young readers to the British Isles through enchanting drawings that are filled with charming details. This is a real winner. 5/5’
— Manhattan Book Review
Lari Don has worked in politics and broadcasting, but is now a full-time writer and storyteller. She grew up in the north-east of Scotland, and lives in Edinburgh. She is the author of more than 20 books for children of all ages including the Fabled Beasts Chronicles and Spellchasers trilogy for middle grade readers, Mind Blind for young teens, and picture books The Tale of Tam Linn and The Secret of the Kelpie.
Nataša Ilinčić is an artist and illustrator originally from Croatia and now living and working in Edinburgh. She is particularly inspired by magic and folklore. The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster is her first picture book.