by Stephanie Graegin


The perfect read-aloud for the perfect storytime. Stephanie Graegin manages to weave her own wholesome, engaging adventure seamlessly into some of the most well-known and appreciated fairy tales we all love. Friendship, courage and humor are on display in every spread with delightful illustrations throughout. What a refreshing new favorite that’s perfect to cuddle up with and get lost in.


Perfect for fans of Erin Stead and Emily Winfield Martin, here is a charming picture book about two friends who enter a fairytale world hoping to find an exciting story to tell.


When best friends Fern, a bear, and Otto, a cat, go searching for an exciting story in the forest, they have different ideas about what that means. Fern thinks they should stop and watch a race between a tortoise and a hare, but Otto worries a tortoise is too slow to be exciting. Fern thinks the three brothers talking about how to build a house is incredibly interesting, but Otto isn't convinced. Along the way, the two friends meet a little girl in red who is off to visit her grandmother (and a wolf headed the same way!); a cranky girl complaining that her porridge isn't the right temperature; and many others. But it's not until they run into a big scary witch that they both can agree that this is not the kind of excitement they had in mind. With irresistible illustrations and tons of charming details, this is a delightful fantasy adventure that proves the best adventures are the ones you share.

Fern and Otto: A Picture Book Story about Two Best Friends

SKU: 9780593121306
  • Stephanie Graegin received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Arts and her MFA in Printmaking from the Pratt Institute. Graegin's authorial debut, Little Fox in the Forest garnered five starred reviews and appeared on many Best of the Year lists. She is also the illustrator of several books for children, including The Lost Gift by Kallie George; Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins, which received three starred reviews; Peace Is an Offering by Annette LeBox; and How to Share with a Bear by Eric Pinder. Stephanie lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at

  • ISBN-13: 9780593121306
    Publisher: Random House Children's Books
    Publication date: 09/08/2020
    Pages: 40
    Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.50(d)
    Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

    - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
    - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | General
    - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Bears
    LC Subjects:
    -Friendship    -Bears
    -Cats    -Authorship
    -Characters and characteristics in literature    -Characters in literature
    -Best friends