I have only just been introduced to Chris Van Dusen’s work by Dear Reader Sarah who couldn’t believe my lists of books here at The Good Stuff Guide were Van Dusen-less.
So she packed up a box of his 4 masterpieces and shipped them to me.
And Oh. My. Goodness. was she right.
These books are just incredible:
With crisp rhyming text perfect for reading aloud;
With concepts that provoke creative thinking;
With gorgeous illustrations that literally pop off every page.
So I implore you to either order them from Amazon or your local bookstore immediately or run to your library and check them out. Like yesterday.
Trust me on this.
This is The Running Man’s and my elder adorable’s favorite of the group.
I really don’t want to give anything away, but this would be my dream car too. (Though I do love my minivan, this car has some killer features.)
For instance, my minivan can’t fly…
(A natural extension would be to ask your adorable to draw or write about his/her dream car. What would be the same; what would be different? Which newly invented features would astound the world?)
This is my favorite. I love the expressions of the animals. I love that there really was a circus ship that sunk off the coast of Maine on which this story is very, very loosely based.
And I could never tire of these gorgeous illustrations.
A real Maine adventure starts here.
This is a silly, fun story about a wayward camping excursion.
These illustrations! You won’t mind reading these books again and again and again and again….
You have a gorgeous Maine coast. You have whales!
You have a problem. You have lots of whales!
Your problem is fixed. And all along the way, we were carried by great lyrical prose and a wonderful explosion of colorful illustrations.
Good news for us: a third Mr. McGee is coming this October.
‘Tis Here – you can pre-order on Amazon: Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee!!!!!! (I already have!)
I’ve added these books to The Great Picture Books of Maine, and to my forthcoming 25 Best Children’s Literature of All Time. I promise it really is on the way.
Many thanks to Sarah for ending my Van Dusen-less days!
And now a simple plea to Mr. Chris Van Dusen:
I’m not above begging.
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