Even though it doesn’t rhyme, we’re really excited to announce that Maine author/illustrator Chris Van Dusen is coming to this year’s Kid Central Festival courtesy of The Briar Patch!
Chris Van Dusen will be reading from his newest book, the hilarious President Taft is Stuck in the Bath, illustrated by Van Dusen and written by Mac Barnett. His event will begin at 10 am and he’ll be staying to autograph books and meet fans until noon.
Van Dusen is the creator of many outstanding books for children, including Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, If I Built a House, The Circus Ship, and many others. About President Taft is Stuck in the Bath, he says, “This is just the kind of outrageously silly story I love to illustrate. Plus, President Taft was a blast to paint!”
George Washington crossed the Delaware in the dead of night. Abraham Lincoln saved the Union. And President William Howard Taft, a man of great stature — well, he got stuck in a bathtub. Now how did he get unstuck? Author Mac Barnett and illustrator Chris Van Dusen bring their full comedic weight to this legendary story, imagining a parade of clueless cabinet members advising the exasperated president, leading up to a hugely satisfying, hilarious finale.
We’re getting ready for this year’s Kid Central Festival and that’s means lots of planning and updates to the website. Stay tuned in the coming months for announcements about what to expect at our Fourth Annual event!
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It’s going to be a SUPER Saturday and we can’t wait to see always those little smiling faces having fun today.
Don’t forget to make Kid Central Headquarters your first stop so you can grab an Activity Map of all the fun things to do at the festival. It’s located at 33 Central Street (Bagel Central).
See you soon!
Local artist Mark Ricketts has a very exciting new picture book for kids coming out next year. For now, he’s shared this great Pirate Cat with us that you can print out and color!
Don’t miss Mark’s newest book (for a slightly older crowd), The Flatlander’s Guide to Maine. His book launch party is at the May Greendrinks event at the Bangor Y on May 14.
We’re excited to have local cartoonist/illustrator Josh Alves returning to Kid Central Festival this year. He’ll be at The Briar Patch from 10-11 AM where you can join him in making a Putrid Puppet Pal from the Zeke Meeks chapter book series. Catch him for his autograph then or stop by his table in Kid Central HQ at 11 AM. Josh will give you a sneek peak of his new picture book, Lilly Bristol, Dinosaur Wrangler and the Town a Tyrannosaurus Wrecks!
Here’s a special Lilly Bristol coloring page you can print out at home and bring to show Josh at the festival.