Local author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen will launch his latest book, “King Hugo’s Huge Ego,” Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Owl & Turtle Bookshop, 32 Washington St. in the Knox Mill complex.

In this book Hugo is a tiny king with a very large ego. When he mistreats a villager who also happens to be a sorceress, the spell she casts causes his head to literally swell. Who will cut this royal pain down to size? And, more important, will anyone live happily ever after? Van Dusen’s hilarious story, with his signature rhyme scheme, is matched only by his outrageous illustrations. Together, they make for a picture book that is sometimes fairy tale, sometimes cautionary tale and always laugh-out loud funny.

“Arrogance is a trait I’ve always deplored, and yet I have to admit that sometimes my own ego can become a bit inflated. Luckily I have a wonderful wife who acts as a Tessa to my occasional Hugo,” said Van Dusen.

“Hugo” is the sixth book both written and illustrated by Van Dusen. The others include “Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee,” “A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee,” “Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee,” “If I Built a Car, which won the E. B. White Read Aloud Award from the Association of Booksellers,” and “The Circus Ship,” which has been chosen by the State of Maine to be given to all public school kindergartners as had his “Down to the Sea” several years before — Van Dusen and Robert McCloskey are the only authors who have had more than one title given out to inspire school children to love reading. Van Dusen also illustrated the six Mercy Watson books written by Kate DiCamillo.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.