Jan Brett

Our live presentation for Jan Brett is sold out. We are offering tickets to our Overflow Event space where you can watch the presentation via live broadcast, then join the signing line. These tickets go on sale Thursday, November 16th at 5pm.

We have a special Thanksgiving weekend event with beloved author and illustrator Jan Brett to celebrate the release of her new picture book, The Mermaid! Jan will conduct a drawing demonstration and talk about the inspiration behind her work, followed by a book-signing. There will even be a visit from Hedgie the Hedgehog! Tickets are $5 per person, and may be used as a coupon towards the purchase of any Jan Brett book the day of the event.

Overflow tickets go on sale Thursday, November 16th at 5pm!  REGISTER HERE!

FAQ’s for Jan Brett’s Event:

Can we purchase Jan’s books at the bookstore?
Yes! We will have all of her books available the day of the event. Jan will do her very best to sign all of the books that time permits.  The number of books that Jan can sign per family depends on how many people come to the signing.  If time does not permit Jan to sign every book, An Unlikely Story will have special signed bookplates featuring Jan’s artwork for all of the extra books.

What does the presentation consist of, and how long will it be?
Jan Brett will do a 20 minute drawing illustration and presentation.  It will begin at 5pm. We will begin checking ticket holders in between 4:15pm and 4:30pm.

We’ve heard that Jan travels in a really cool bus! Will it be there for the event?
Jan’s tour bus will be parked in An Unlikely Story’s rear parking lot at 4pm. It is wrapped in artwork from THE MERMAID.  Your family is welcome to take a photograph next to the bus. Hedgie the Hedgehog will also be there the day of the event, and you can have your picture taken with him!

Where should we park for the event?
The parking lot immediately behind the bookstore will be closed to all except those with handicapped needs as Jan's tour bus will be parked behind the store. There is ample parking in the lot diagonally across from the bookstore, including behind the white house next to the parking lot.

Can we order books and have them personalized if we can’t attend the event?
Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that you will be able to have your book signed. It all depends on how many people come to the signing. We CAN guarantee that you can receive a special bookplate signed by Jan featuring her beautiful artwork.

Can our $5 Coupon be combined towards a book purchase? Can we use it on books other than Jan Brett’s?
You can only use one coupon per book, and they are only good on Jan Brett books the day of the event.

Do children need to have tickets to the event?
If a child will be sitting in a seat, then they will need to have a ticket. We have a limited capacity, so need to make sure we don’t violate the fire code.

A striking, under-the-sea version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears as only Jan Brett could create

When Kiniro, the mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of shells and coral, she can’t resist going inside to have a look around. The octopus family is not at home, but the baby octopus’s breakfast, chair, and bed are just right for Kiniro. The bed is so irresistible, she falls asleep. That makes for quite a surprise when the octopus return home. But the baby’s shock at discovering a mermaid in her bed is forgotten when Kiniro gives her a very special gift.

Intricate, colorful scenes of an underwater paradise transport this classic fairy tale to a magical land inspired by the seas off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Chock full of fish and fauna and adventure, this mermaid’s story will enchant readers of all ages.

With over forty million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up with her husband, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Buffy, her pet hedgehog. . During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

Event date: 
Friday, November 24, 2017 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
The Mermaid Cover Image
By Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399170720
Availability: Available to Order
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - August 22nd, 2017

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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