Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Hattie and Hudson

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Book Review - Hattie and Hudson

Hattie and Hudson

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About the Book
A little girl and her colossal friend teach a monster-size lesson about prejudging others in a charming new offering from Chris Van Dusen.

Hattie McFadden is a born explorer. Every morning she grabs her life jacket and paddles out in her canoe to discover something new on the lake, singing a little song on her way. When her singing draws up from the depths a huge mysterious beast, everyone in town is terrified — except Hattie, who looks into the creature’s friendly, curious eyes and knows that this is no monster. So Hattie sneaks out at night to see the giant — whom she names Hudson — and the two become friends. But how can she make the frightened, hostile townspeople see that Hudson isn’t scary or dangerous at all? Chris Van Dusen brings his colorful, perspective-bending artwork to this satisfying new story about acceptance, friendship, and sticking up for those who are different.

My Take on the Book
Chris Van Dusen is the author and illustrator of this beautiful story about the friendship that develops between a girl and a lake creature she names Hudson. Hattie has a huge job in convincing the towns people that Hudson is not scary but friendly, unfortunately they do not believe her until Hudson develops a plan with Hattie. Their plan works and the towns people accept Hudson as a welcome addition to their lake and town. The story is not only about friendship, but also in accepting differences and giving someone who may not be the same as you a chance. Beautiful illustrations by Chris Van Dusen with many details to explore as you read the story.

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