Local children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen will read from and sign his latest book — “Hattie & Hudson” — Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to noon at The Owl & Turtle Bookshop/Café, 33 Bay View St.

“Hattie & Hudson” is Van Dusen’s first with a female protagonist, but it’s her big green cohort who fills the pages to bursting. Canoe-paddling Hattie McFadden and her colossal friend teach a monster-size lesson about prejudging others.

The event is free to the public. Those who want a book signed are strongly encouraged to reserve in advance by calling the

shop at 230-7335. For more information, visit owlandturtle.com.

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