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Hattie and Hudson Hardcover – Picture Book, May 9, 2017
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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.
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A story about acceptance and friendship
With stunning artwork and a rhyming text, Chris Van Dusen, the illustrator of the Mercy Watson books tells a tale of human-animal connection full of humor and heart.
Randy likes space, robots, and baseball, but he can't ace everything... or can he? Chris Van Dusen knocks one out of the park with a comical ode to ingenuity.
From a master of visual comedy comes the royally satisfying tale of a head swollen out of proportion and a blowhard brought down to earth.
A master of visual comedy
Chris Van Dusen is also the illustrator of President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett and the best-selling Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo. He lives in Maine.
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—The New York Times Book Review
The gouache illustrations are filled with details that bring light and life to the pages, from each water droplet to every rolled-up sleeve. Hudson, although enormous, is drawn with expressive eyes and a lovely green hue that reflects the stars in the sky...Outdoor enthusiasts will celebrate this brave young heroine as she schools the town on acceptance.
Van Dusen’s stunning illustrations offer unique perspectives, from an aerial view of Hattie first making eye contact with two glowing eyes beneath the silvery water to a vertical spread of Hudson triumphantly emerging in the sunlight with Hattie perched on his head...This eloquent, evocative book about compassion is perfect for sparking discussions on prejudice. A sensational choice for a seasonal storytime.
—School Library Journal
The story’s message—don’t judge by appearances—is gently delivered in a tale just right for one- on-one sharing.
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.
—A Mighty Girl (blog)
The evocative illustrations, and timeless themes of acceptance, friendship and being an upstander will resonate with young readers, and provide a good jumping off point for conversations about courage and kindness.
Told through Chris Van Dusen's signature lively illustrations, Hattie & Hudson is a delightful summer read full of wonder and heart.
—Bill Grace, Buttonwood Books & Toys, Cohasset, Mass.
- Publisher : Candlewick; Illustrated edition (May 9, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0763665452
- ISBN-13 : 978-0763665456
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : AD640L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 10.13 x 0.42 x 11.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Would give it a 5 but not as captivating as his others namely the circus and ‘if I built a..’ series