Catharina Valckx stories come straight from a child’s day, wrapping play, friendship, jokes and testing limits into perfect vignettes that always have greater meaning.

Julia Marshall, Publisher

Lisette’s Lie


A springtime fresh picture book about a good day out with friends—climbing mountains, swimming and singing—and the difference between storytelling and lies.

Lisette and her friend Bobbi the lizard have never told a lie. But they are eager to try—it might be fun! They tell Popof they are going for a trip to the mountains. When Popof decides to come too, they realise they’ll have to make the mountain. A liar needs to improvise.

In this funny story about imaginative play with friends, Lisette’s creativity and quick thinking make for a wonderful day out. Gently exploring the differences between storytelling and little white lies and the importance of good intentions, this picture book is ideal to read aloud with preschoolers. With illustrations that convey a range of mood and emotion, the animal friends are brimming with personality and childlike playfulness.

Catharina Valckx was born in the Netherlands and grew up in France with four sisters. She traveled back and forth between the two countries before settling down in Amsterdam. She started writing books for children after the birth of her son. Her books are like guides for a happy life.

Translated by Antony Shugaar.


  • Book Details

    Country of Origin France
    Reader Age 2-5 year, 5-7 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Hailey H, Netgalley

      My twin 4-year-olds loved the bright illustrations and cute story.

    2. Kelly B, Netgalley

      The illustrations are simple with the use of a unique color palette, seemingly conveying the message of simple values told with a unique twist.

    3. Youth Services Book Review

      This is a silly story with lots of kid appeal, especially for kids who like humorous stories.

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