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Liza Jane & the Dragon

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New York Times best-selling author Laura Lippman’s picture book debut offers a timely parable about family values, a little girl, and a dragon.

$16.95 $12.71

What people are saying…

“A girl frustrated with her parents’ rules fires them and hires a dragon to take their place.”
Publishers Weekly, Included in Fall 2018 Announcements

Included in the Bay Area Reporter‘s Fall 2018 Reading Guide

“Bestselling crime fiction author Lippman’s picture book debut tells the story of what happens when Liza Jane fires her mom and dad and hires the first applicant who comes to the door to be her new parent. The only problem is that the dragon has only one response to all problems: opening his mouth and belching fire. No one wants to play with Liza Jane. And all that fire is bad for the furniture.”
Publishers Weekly, Included in The Big Indie Books of Fall 2018

“Silly, funny and a joy to read. The illustrations are great, too. Get a copy for your little one, they’ll read it more than once!”
Journey of a Bookseller


Liza Jane believed she could find better parents. So she fired her mom and dad and hired the first applicant who came to the door—what could possibly go wrong?

And at first everything was fun. The dragon did whatever Liza Jane wanted him to do. But it turned out the dragon had only one response to all problems—opening his mouth and belching fire. Suddenly, people were scared of Liza Jane. The pizza deliveryman didn’t want to come to her house. No one wanted to play with her. And all that fire was very bad for the furniture.

Could Liza Jane have been wrong about what kind of qualities she wanted in a parent?

Part of our Black Sheep imprint for young readers.

Check out the announcement and event preview at the Baltimore Sun.

The audiobook edition of Liza Jane & the Dragon, read by Mindy Kaling, is now available wherever you get your audiobooks! Listen to a 1-minute clip below:

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Published: 10/2/18
  • IBSN: 9781617756610
  • e-IBSN: 9781617756948


LAURA LIPPMAN is the award-winning writer of more than twenty crime-fiction novels. She lives in Baltimore (and is the editor of Baltimore Noir) and New Orleans with her husband, David Simon, and her very smart daughter, Georgia Rae. Liza Jane & the Dragon is her debut children’s picture book.

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KATE SAMWORTH is a painter and illustrator from Maryland. Her paintings and prints have been exhibited around the country and abroad and can be found in the collections of the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, the Woodmere Art Museum, the Fundación Lolita Rubial (Uruguay), and the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. Her first book, Aviary Wonders Inc., won the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers in 2014. Her latest is Liza Jane & the Dragon.

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