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Happy Book Birthday To POE AND LARS By Kashelle Gourley And Skylar Hogan!

Today we celebrate the release of an adorable picture book debut written by Kashelle Gourley and illustrated by Skylar Hogan! POE AND LARS is out from Little Bee Books and has already garnered rave reviews.



Lonely Poe and hangry Lars strike a deal in this humorous picture book about an unlikely friendship!

Poe is a resourceful and creative girl living in the snowy Arctic. Although she enjoys her life, Poe longs for company. But everything changes one day when Lars, a grumpy and hungry polar bear who is quite the poor hunter, crashes into her home, destroying it. Poe offers to bring him food and, in exchange, Lars must repair her home.

Will Lars deliver on his end of the bargain, or does he see something else on the menu? Kids will love this hilarious and brilliantly illustrated tale about an unconventional friendship!



“Like a sunset streaked across fresh snow, the colors of this story are as cozy as its message of taking care of others–and the planet.” Foreward *STARRED REVIEW*

“The author expertly balances humor, suspense, and whimsy, fleshing out complex characters in just a few pages. The illustrations employ a gorgeous color palette that perfectly reflects the pastel hues of the Arctic, backgrounding the slapstick.”Kirkus

“With cheerful illustrations, ­Hogan’s tone matches the lighthearted banter of the storytelling, making this a sure hit among preschoolers.”School Library Journal


Kashelle Gourley distinctly remembers discovering the magic of books as a little girl in a Northern California library. It opened up another level of imagination, joy, and wonder that she hopes to share with others through her own writing. After moving from coast to coast and overseas to Paris, you can now find her adventuring with her husband and three children in the great Midwest.

Skylar Hogan is an illustrator and storyteller who also works on animation projects and card illustration, including a popular holiday card for Papyrus/Target. He lives in Nebraska. Find out more about him at skylarhogan.com.


Congratulations on this hilarious picture book and amazing buzz, Kashelle and Skylar! Get your copy from these retailers or your local indie: Simon & Schuster, Bookshop.org, IndieBound, Barnes & Noble.


You can find Kashelle Gourley on Instagram.


Find Skylar Hogan at his website or Instagram!