Lawrence in the Fall (Hardcover)

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By Matthew Farina, Doug Salati (Illustrator), Doug Salati (Cover design or artwork by)
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Matthew Farina and Doug Salati will be at Boswell on Saturday, September 21, 11 am. No registration requried.

— Boswell Book Company

Lawrence is worried. The young fox is the only animal who doesn't have any type of collection to share for show-and-tell at school, but Papa fox has a solution. A beautiful, mysterious, and just a little bit frightening trip through the forest will give Lawrence the perfect collection for a special fox like him, and sharing it will start a new adventure with his classmates. Farina and Salati have created a warm combination of story and pictures about the important theme of growing personally in the face of fear. With details highlighting the love of family, the natural world, exploration, and classroom friends, this picture book is a true delight!

— From Tim's Staff Recommendations


When Lawrence Fox's teacher announces that students will be presenting their collections at show-and-tell, Lawrence realizes he doesn't have anything to share.

Luckily, Papa knows just what to do to help! Together, they venture into the woods. Lawrence is scared at first, but as he grows comfortable in the forest, he starts to recognize its magic, and how beautiful and unique each tree and leaf is, allowing him to gather a splendid, one-of-a-kind collection of his own!

About the Author

Matthew Farina is a painter and writer based in New York City. His reviews and essays have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, ArtCritical, and elsewhere. Matthew received a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. This is his first book. Find Matthew online at

Doug Salati is an illustrator living in New York City. He received his MFA from the Illustration as Visual Essay program at the School of Visual Arts and was a 2015 Sendak Fellow. He is also the illustrator of In a Small Kingdom by Tomie dePaola. See more of Doug's work online at

Praise For…

"Salati (In a Small Kingdom) builds the visual arc and emotional landscape of the story with soft pencil lines, muted browns and blues, and sensitive characterizations, lingering just enough on anxious moments that Lawrence's newfound confidence feels like a big reward."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Readers will want to head out to discover a collection of their own."—Kirkus Reviews

"This delightful seasonal story will inspire its young audience to do some leaf collecting of their own."—SLJ
Product Details
ISBN: 9781484780589
ISBN-10: 1484780582
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 9th, 2019
Pages: 48