Van Dusen signs at Jane Alden

Jun 18, 2014
Artwork by: Chris Van Dusen All the action in Chris Van Dusen’s latest illustrated book, based on a true story, takes place in a White House bathroom.

Camden — Well-known local illustrator and author Chris Van Dusen will sign his children's picture books Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to noon at Jane Alden, 6 Main St./Route 1.

Van Dusen’s latest picture book is titled “President Taft is Stuck in the Bath,” written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Van Dusen, who will be happy to sign copies of this larger-than-life tale of a presidential mishap, inspired by a true anecdote.

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. Barnett and Van Dusen bring full comedic weight to this legendary story, imagining a parade of clueless cabinet members advising the exasperated president how to get un-stuck, leading up to a satisfying, hilarious finale.

“This is just the kind of outrageously silly story I love to illustrate,” Van Dusen said. “Plus President Taft was a blast to paint!”

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com

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