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Book Birthday Brooke Hartman October 2020


Brooke Hartman’s bookLOTTE’S MAGICAL PAPER PUPPETS: The Woman Behind the First Animated Feature Film” is released on October 20, 2020.


Lotte thinks the cinema is magic. But Lotte doesn’t just want to watch the magic: she wants to make it.

Before Walt Disney made history with Snow White, Lotte Reiniger created what is considered one of the first feature-length animated films. With the outset of World War II, Lotte had to leave her home in Germany, fleeing from place to place for years. But she never stopped creating. Through a love of fairy tales, a strong creative vision, and her uniquely expressive paper puppets, Lotte brought new possibilities to the world of film.

Written in gorgeous lyrical prose, and illustrated with striking papercut illustrations that evoke Lotte’s classic silhouette creations, this captivating picture book will introduce readers to the life and art of an unsung creative trailblazer.

Author Info:

Brooke Hartman is an Alaskan mom and author of silly, serious, and sometimes strange stories for children and young adults whose writing has garnered national awards. When she isn’t writing, you can find her fishing, flying, and having fun with her family, enjoying all the magic life has to offer. Follow her writing adventures at or on Facebook at @BrookesBooksAK.