Van Dusen releases latest

Mar 21, 2014

Camden — There will be a book release party for local children’s author/illustrator Chris Van Dusen latest volume Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Owl & Turtle Bookshop on 33 Bay View St.

Van Dusen’s brand-new 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!”

There will be treats, refreshments and lots of books on hand. For more information, visit

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

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