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The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster

"...It was the first time she had traveled by herself."

"...It was the first time she had traveled by herself."

Oatmeal, Haggis, Suet and Cryptozoology, anyone?

I love the Loch Ness Monster.  Always have.  But I really don’t like oatmeal.  Those are two things I have in common with Katerina-Elizabeth, the little heroine in this tale by the brilliant A.W. Flaherty.  With its blend of humor, heart, adventure, setting and one very mysterious creature, The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster is a feast for the imagination. Even picky readers will eat this one up. (Try the little experiment in the back of the book to see if you’re a supertaster!)


  • Nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award
  • NY Public Library top 100 Books for Reading & Sharing
  • Society of Illustrators The Original Art juried show acceptance
  • Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition juried show acceptance
  • Featured on Princeton University's literacy blog with a fun art activity: Natty Nessie Neckwear. Check it out!

[A]...timeless tale...set in the days when people wore greatcoats and hats and traveled on ocean liners. This...tale about how the Monster came to be has a lot of imagination and wonderful storytelling techniques. Dark, cartoonlike watercolors exhibit an excellent use of perspective. The simple, yet quirky narrative is nicely paired with a clever and creative layout. A folksy tale that should enjoy broad appeal. —School Library Journal

The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating

Behind the Scenes

Here are some sketches I created while working on The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: