Former special education director Davene Fahy of Thomaston has two newly published books, “Anthony Best,” illustrated by Carol Inouye of Thomaston; and “The Boy Who Thought He Was a Plane,” illustrated by Sally Stanton of Northport.

Fahy, Inouye and Stanton will do a book signing Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Personal Book Shop, 78 Main St./Route 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

“Anthony Best,” a picture book for children four- to eight-years-old, is the story of a preschool boy with Asperger’s Syndrome/Autism. When his friends tell a knock-knock joke, they laugh but he doesn’t get the humor. But when his friend Hannah hears him playing the piano, she realizes that he has a special talent.

Artist Inouye has written and/or illustrated more than a dozen children’s books and is known locally for her Maine Lobster Festival posters, including this year’s. Prior to being an illustrator, she was the art director for several major publishing houses in New York and has won awards for illustration from both the NY Society of Illustrators and the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators.

“The Boy Who Thought He Was a Plane,” published by Monkey Books of Caribou, is a days-of-the-week book as well as the story of Donny, who has an exceptional imagination. When Donny’s father tells him it is time to do what has to be done each day, Donny transforms himself into all sorts of animals and objects.

Stanton is an artist who has exhibited her paintings at the Mulford Gallery in Rockland, Carver Hill Gallery in Rockport and other galleries around New England. She is also a writer and elementary school librarian.

Fahy also is the author of “Charlie Who Couldn’t Say His Name,” whose first edition sold out. She has worked in Maine as a preschool and special education director in Thomaston, Rockland, Camden and Hallowell. Fahy also will be doing a reading at the Thomaston Public Library Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. in the first-floor children’s room.

“Anthony Best” is listed on the Web site of the American Speech and Hearing Association. “Anthony Best” and “The Boy Who Thought He Was a Plane” are available through local book stores, online book stores and also at the author’s Web site,

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to