We have long wished to welcome author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen to An Unlikely Story, and we are thrilled to welcome him this summer! Chris will be here to introduce his new picture book, HATTIE AND HUDSON, a charming tale about a little girl and her colossal friend that teaches a monster-size lesson about prejudging others.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Hattie McFadden is a born explorer. Every morning she grabs her life jacket and paddles out in her canoe to discover something new on the lake, singing a little song on her way. When her singing draws up from the depths a huge mysterious beast, everyone in town is terrified — except Hattie, who looks into the creature’s friendly, curious eyes and knows that this is no monster. So Hattie sneaks out at night to see the giant — whom she names Hudson — and the two become friends. But how can she make the frightened, hostile townspeople see that Hudson isn’t scary or dangerous at all? Chris Van Dusen brings his colorful, perspective-bending artwork to this satisfying new story about acceptance, friendship, and sticking up for those who are different.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR:
Born in Portland, Maine, Chris Van Dusen started drawing at an early age. Some of his first illustrations came from passing time with his brothers. “We didn’t have video games or computers to entertain us, so we drew instead,” Chris says. “One of my brothers would sketch intricate war scenes. Another would draw animals so realistic, you’d swear they were breathing. My specialty was aliens, robots, and monsters.”
He went on to study fine art at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and graduated with a BFA. Eventually he started drawing cartoons for a magazine for teenagers. For more than ten years, he worked as a freelance illustrator specializing in art for kids. His illustrations appeared in magazines like Nickelodeon, FamilyFun, and Disney Adventures.Chris Van Dusen’s first book, Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee,was published in 2000. Since then, he has gone on to create several outstanding books for children, including The Circus Ship, King Hugo’s Huge Ego, and Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit. He is also the illustrator of President Taft Is Stuck in the Bathby Mac Barnett and the best-selling Mercy Watson and Tales from Deckawoo Drive series by Kate DiCamillo.Chris Van Dusen lives in coastal Maine with his wife, two sons, and their yellow lab named Opal.