Excellent news! Chris Van Dusen, that brilliant author/illustrator behind such instant classics as The Circus Ship, If I Built a Car, A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee, and Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee has done it again! The third book in the Mr. Magee series, Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee, is out TODAY!
Friends, dear reader Sarah F. introduced us to these books six or eight months ago, and they are consistently our very favorites at bedtime. We’ve had our newest Mr. Magee pre-ordered on Amazon for a couple months and it mysteriously arrived earlier this week before it’s publish date. When I pulled it out of the box, the adorables went a little bananas. Wish I had had the Flip ready to record my youngest adorable’s chicken dance/”The new Mr. Magee” chant.
We were thrilled with the book! These books scream to be read-aloud and the illustrations…!
Here’s a peek:
I don’t want to give anything away, but here’s one more:
And it only gets more hilarious from there!
I asked Mr. Chris Van Dusen about his inspiration for the book and he had this to say,
“Even though seven years have passed since the last “Mr. Magee” book, I always felt that there was room for one more adventure. When I was working on the book, I’d often mention to school children and library groups that a new MAGEE was coming. This usually led to a happy gasp and, on at least one occasion, applause! So I knew it was not a bad idea.
My original concept for a third MAGEE involved him getting stuck somewhere way up high. But when I told a friend (who’s also an
author/illustrator) about my story idea, she thought it was too similar to “Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee”. She suggested that I try something completely different. “How about a winter adventure?” she said. That got me thinking about skiing and soon the new story was born!”
Um, Mr. Van Dusen, I will give you a standing O for MORE!!! (Please.)
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Don’t (as in DO NOT) miss the other books: The Wonderful Books of Chris Van Dusen
Many thanks of course to Mr. Van Dusen and to Sarah F. of www.readtheseplease.blogspot.com, where Sarah shares her love of children’s literature and suggests tons of great books. Check out her site!
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