Project Description



by Kevin Luthardt

Larabee likes everything about delivering mail, except that he has never received any himself!

Every morning, the mailman Mr. Bowman and his dog Larabee wake up very early to deliver the mail. Larabee likes riding in the mail truck and carrying the mailbag. He likes delivering the mail, and he always, always makes sure it is delivered on time. There’s only one thing Larabee doesn’t like: There is never a letter for him! Then one day, after all the mail has been delivered, Mr. Bowman reaches into his bag and finds a letter…addressed to Larabee!

Kevin Luthardt utilizes his highly expressive, comical, full-color illustrations and minimal text to poignantly and humorously dramatize this special tale of the pure joy that can result from the simplest expression of friendship.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN:  978-1-56145-300-9
Publication Date: 3/1/2004
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-3/4″ x 8-1/4″
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-482-2
Publication Date: 3/1/2009
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-3/4″ x 8-1/4″
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
AR Level: 1.4
F&P: GRL I, Gr 1, Genre F
Lexile: AD280L
Themes: Community, Letter Writing
BISAC 1: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 2: JUV039050 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
BISAC 3: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs


“Luthardt sends his direct storytelling out with gentle, happy illustrations, enclosing characteristic emotional content in the package… This is a colorful, seamless blend of simple sentiment mixed with happy intent putting a stamp on why we should continue to use the post office for more than just junk mail.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The unusual art (nicely sized for small-group sharing), and the idea of wishes fulfilled can’t help but leave little ones with a warm, happy feeling themselves.” ―Booklist

“The gouache and acrylic pictures-of round-headed characters, blocky houses and green shrubbery-keep the simple message at the forefront, and Lacey’s unadorned card demonstrates how anyone can make a small, thoughtful gesture to a friend.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Whimsical characters in vibrant colors fill the artwork… This fun read-aloud will charm children.” ―School Library Journal


Children’s Choices ―International Reading Association, Children’s Book Council, 2005

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2005

Best Books of the Year Awards ―Child Magazine, 2004

Writing Competition (Nominee, Children’s Books Category) ―Dog Writers Association of America, 2004

Meet the Author/Illustrator

Kevin Luthardt is the author-illustrator of several books, including Larabee, Peep! and Flying! He is an artist and muralist whose work appears in galleries and other venues. He received a BFA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He lives in Illinois.