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Fabled Beast Chronicles – the shock of the new

The First Aid for Fairies series has a new name and a new set of covers!

And I’m not sure how I feel about that. I really love the covers of the books that I’ve been reading and talking about for years, and I’ve got so used to them that it’s hard to imagine those stories and those characters wearing any other covers.

But even though I still do a double take every time I look at the new covers, I think I’m already falling in love with them too. (Anyway, the new covers aren’t available until September, so I have plenty of time to get used to them!)

So, here they are, complete with their new name: Fabled Beasts Chronicles.


The incredible artwork is by Manuel Sumberac, and the covers were designed by the very talented Leah McDowell. And they are certainly very glossy, very professional and absolutely fantastic.

The inside pages of the novels are also newly snazzy, with fancy chapter headings:

This means that First Aid For Fairies And Other Fabled Beasts has now had THREE covers in its seven year history. Here they are:


I’m going to be honest, and say that I never really liked the original cover for First Aid For Fairies And Other Fabled Beasts. I was sort of fond of it, because it was the cover of the very first book I ever had published. But I never thought it was right for the story. It seemed too pink and fluffy and girly and young for the cover of a book with minotaurs and snakes and battles in the dark of the night…

However I really did love the silhouettes and colours of the next set of covers. Also, these are the covers that most readers know, because from Wolf Notes onwards these covers appeared with each new book in the series.

But Floris Books wanted to bring all the books together with a series title because, after all, the First Aid For Fairies And Other Fabled Beasts series is quite long and unwieldy.

So, they came up with these new covers.

I’m going to admit I don’t even know who some of the characters ARE in the covers. Though to be fair, that was true of the first set too. Who is the bloke in the cloak on the rock on the Wolf Notes cover? Is he a one of the Celtic heroes? I’ve never been sure…

WolfNotescover (1)

So, on the newest First Aid cover, which of the girls is Helen, which is Rona?
fabled beast chronicles First Aid

I don’t know. But that’s ok. The covers are there to draw readers in, to give them a flavour of the adventure and magic inside, to attract their attention and to intrigue them enough to pick the books up and open them. And I think these covers do that job brilliantly.

My favourite is the Wolves Notes cover, with that incredible sword standoff between the wolves and Lee and Helen. (At least, I think it’s Lee and Helen. They’ve got excellent hair, whoever they are…)

fabled beast chronicles Wolf Notes

Which is your favourite new cover, and how do you think they compare to the previous covers? And do you associate other favourite books with specific covers, and get a shock when the publishers decide to update them?

Please let me know!


4 Responses to “Fabled Beast Chronicles – the shock of the new”

  1.  Leo (5) and Isla (8) Says:

    We really like the new covers. They look very adventurous.
    I really like the effect on the new cover of Storm Singing. We have got all of the old covers, but the new ones are nice. There is more movement in them.

  2.  laridon Says:

    Sorry to Leo and Isla too for the long delay in replying – thanks so much for letting me know what you think of the new covers. Adventurous is a very good way to describe them. I wonder what you’ll think of the Spellchaser covers?

  3.  Gillian Budge Says:

    Hi Lari

    my 12 year old daughter, Caitlin, was inspired beyond belief with your “Rocking Horse War”. She begged for more books, imagine my surprise when I went on your sight and saw your face! I am David Manson’s cousin through marriage and met you at Rhona’s hen night and wedding. Well done on a fantastic career and inspiring young people to read.

  4.  laridon Says:

    Thanks so much for getting in touch, and I’m sorry that i’ve taken ages to reply – my website used to alert me to new comments, but it seems to have stopped! So, hello David’s cousin, and hello Caitlin! I hope you are still enjoying reading!

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Lari Don - Children's Author
I’m children’s writer, and I write this blog mainly for children – readers, young writers, school classes, book groups etc, who want to understand how a writer writes. Everyone else welcome too though! And please do comment if you have any questions, or want me to blog about anything specific.