A book by Dori Marx

With illustrations by Lisa Freidl


Wonder World Kids:

A first chapter book series for all you curious readers out there

 Imagine your parents are world-famous veterinarians traveling the globe to solve mysterious cases of animals in need.

Enter the world of ten-year-old Lilly and her twin siblings Celia and Fynn! They get to go on fantastic trips along with their parents, helping them with exotic animals along the way. Now, you can join them too!


Book 1

The Mystery of the Dancing Horses

Ten-year-old Lilly Cook is frantic!

Her parents, the world-famous veterinarians, have been called to Austria to help the dancing white horses, the Lipizzaner. These royal animals are acting strangely, and nobody knows why. Lilly and her eight-year-old twin siblings, Celia and Fynn, will have to work together with new friends and follow the clues to crack this mysterious case before it’s too late. Will the famous horses ever dance again?

Set in Vienna, the city of music, with beautiful horses in need and a touch of magic… this mystery will have you turning these pages until the very last chapter.


Book 2

Finish Book 1 for a clue about where the Cook kids will travel next!


An engaging chapter book series for readers ready to tackle those books with...

"more pages, smaller words, and fun pictures to keep me going"

Mini Editor Sierra, 8


Meet Dori & Lisa

Author & Illustrator of
the Wonder World Kids series

Dori Marx
Lisa Freidl

Dori Marx


Dori Marx grew up in Austria and tried her best to travel around the world several times before choosing gorgeous New England as her home.

Here, she lives with her husband, three young children, a senior dog, three rescue goats, along with an ever-growing number of pet chickens and fish. Although she is not a veterinarian, she has a soft spot for all living beings and has even learned to coexist with the spiders populating her basement.

Wonder World Kids is her first book series for emerging young readers.


Lisa Freidl


Lisa Freidl is an illustrator and art director from beautiful Austria. Even as a kid she could not imagine anything more fun than drawing and music, preferably both at the same time. 

She currently resides in Vienna, where she strolls through the alleys of the old city and listens to the inspiring stories of historic buildings she encounters. She lets her hands translate these imaginary pictures into beautiful art by using the classic tools, pen and paper. Each of her lovely illustrations is unique and colorful on its own.



“It was important to me to create a book with shorter chapters and text blocks to help keep you reading. Let's be honest: Isn't it always more fun to finish 5 chapters before bedtime?

 Go beyond fairies who lose charms or princesses who save animals. In this story you'll discover fascinating facts about royal horses, a child composer, and even a delicious chocolate cake... and best of all, they're all true!

I loved working with Lisa, a local illustrator from Vienna, who captured the real atmosphere of this beautiful city in her pictures.”

Dori Marx,
author and parent of two readers plus one picture book hoarder