Lola Flies Alone
illustrated by Bill Pechet"You look like you're ready for anything," said Lola's mother, when Lola descended the stairs. "Indeed I am," said Lola.
- Co-winner, 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Children's/Juvenile Early Reader/Chapter Book category)
- Finalist, 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Picture Book Illustration; Ages 5 years and up)
- ACP Top Grade selection (Fall 2022)
Awarding-winning author Bill Richardson and illustrator Bill Pechet team up again with Lola Flies Alone, a delightful story about a young airline passenger who has even more imagination than she has style—and she has plenty of that. Lola’s first unaccompanied flight is beset by problems, but whether it be mermaids in a wading pool blocking the runway or a ballerina doing arabesques in the aisle, Lola has the solution. A delightful tale about being “good and kind and generous and brave”, it’s a reminder that brave and stylish girls can always save the day.
The Bills' previous collaboration Hare B&B was co-winner of two Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Juvenile Fiction Early Reader and Gift categories), named a finalist for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, included in the Globe & Mail's Top 100 Books of 2021, and named a top recommended read for the 2022 TD Summer Reading Campaign.
What folks are saying
The clever invention, the jokes, the zany illustrations and the oft-repeated travel mantra that you need to be ready for anything all make this a book to be treasured by adults and children and read over and over again, especially on airplanes. ~Charis Cotter, author of The Dollhouse
Lola is ready for adventure and comes dressed for it! Helping the flight attendant with the unusual problems that come to prevent a smooth flight, Lola solves problems with mermaids, fairies, ballerinas and a sobbing little girl who needed a unicorn for her comfort animal. When her grandmother met her at the end of the flight, she asked Lola if she were kind, generous and brave. “Without hesitation or fail,” Lola answered. We need more Lola’s on this earth! Wonderful insightful writing supported by imaginative illustrations, this story will be beloved by children of all ages. ~ Susan Weintrob, Next Generation Indie Book Awards Judge