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Hattie & Hudson

By Chris Van Dusen
Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

A little girl and her colossal friend teach a monster-size lesson about prejudging others in a charming offering from Chris Van Dusen.

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.

  • The first non-rhyming picture book text from Chris Van Dusen tackles an unlikely—and emotionally resonant—friendship between a little girl and a lake monster.
  • Chris Van Dusen’s colorful, zany, and expressive characters are on vivid display in this new work. Hudson, an enormous lake monster, is breathtaking and sympathetic as the townspeople prepare to revolt and rid the lake of the creature.
  • A poignant tale of friendship between unlikely parties and a stark reminder of the dangers of prejudice.

About the author

Chris Van Dusen is the creator of many outstanding books for children, including The Circus Ship and Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit. He 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.

ISBN: 9780763665456
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Dimensions: 247 x 287mm, 40pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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