Chris Van Dusen

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.  Tickets for this event are $5 for all attendees over 2 years old, and can be used as a coupon towards the purchase of HATTIE AND HUDSON or any Chris Van Dusen 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.

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.

Event date: 
Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
Hattie and Hudson Cover Image
By Chris Van Dusen, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763665456
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 9th, 2017

The Circus Ship Cover Image
By Chris Van Dusen, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763630904
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 22nd, 2009

King Hugo's Huge Ego Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763650049
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - July 26th, 2011

Signed Copies

Can't make it to an event? We're always happy to set a signed copy aside for you or put one in the mail. Just add the book to your cart, and in the comments section, let us know that you want a signed copy, and tell us if you'd like the author to personalize the inscription (when available). If you would like it personalized, be sure to place your order at least 24 hours before the event. Personalized books must be paid for in advance.

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