Author image of Stephanie Lucianovic and cover photo of her book The End of Something Wonderful

Local author Stephanie Lucianovic joins Books Inc. Palo Alto for Sunday Storytime! 

Children love their pets very much—and when the animals die, that loss can be hard to process. The End of Something Wonderful helps kids handle their feelings when they’re hurting and can’t find all the right words. In a warm, understanding, sometimes funny way, it guides children as they plan a backyard funeral to say goodbye, from choosing a box and a burial spot to giving a eulogy and wiping away tears.

Most of all, it reassures them that it’s not the end of everything . . . and that Something Wonderful can always happen again.

With gentle humor and quirkiness, this sympathetic book demonstrates how to say goodbye to a beloved pet and give it a proper sendoff.

“[The End of Something Wonderful is] really good. It’s funny and sardonic and it gets to be touching at the end.”
 —Betsy Bird, School Library Journal


Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic writes books in the San Francisco Bay Area surrounded by a couple of cats, a couple of kids, and a husband. She has written multiple picture books, including THE END OF SOMETHING WONDERFUL with George Ermos (Union Square Kids), HELLO, STAR with Vashti Harrison (Little, Brown), and WHAT IS HOPE (Nancy Paulsen/Penguin). She is also the author of the middle grade novels THE LEAGUE OF PICKY EATERS (Clarion/HarperCollins) and HUMMINGBIRD SEASON (Bloomsbury). TOUCH THE SKY with Chris Park (CarolRhoda Books) is her most recent picture book. You can learn about all her books and more at
Event date: 
Sunday, May 19, 2024 - 11:00am
Event address: 
Books Inc. Palo Alto
855 El Camino Real #74
Palo Alto, CA 94301
The End of Something Wonderful: A Practical Guide to a Backyard Funeral By Stephanie V. W. Lucianovic, George Ermos (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781454932116
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Published: Union Square Kids - September 10th, 2019

Touch the Sky By Stephanie V. W. Lucianovic, Chris Park (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728460451
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - May 7th, 2024

Hello, Star By Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic, Vashti Harrison (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316451758
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2021