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.
|Product dimensions:||10.00(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Hattie McFadden loved to explore the lake in her canoe. Hattie discovered all kinds of things out on the lake. Including Hudson, a friendly lake monster who likes her singing. But not everyone likes Hudson. It's up to the bravery, intelligence, and wisdom of Hattie and Hudson to change the town's mind and save a special friendship. The illustrations draw you right into the bright, vibrant summer scenes at a sparkling lake. Van Dusen imbues Hudson (and the rest of the characters) with such wonderfully expressive features that it's easy to empathize with their emotions. A wonderful story about not judging based on appearances.