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.
Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of many books for young readers, including The Circus Ship and Hattie &amp;amp; Hudson, and the illustrator of the Mercy Watson and Deckawoo Drive series. He lives in Maine.
My idea of a perfect day is to be on a lake, in Maine, with Lori, Ethan, and Tucker, to whom this book is lovingly dedicated.
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