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Jan Brett and The Mermaid National Bus Tour

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Submitted by kmorrison37 on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:21am

The Newtown Bookshop is very excited to welcome New York Times #1 Best Selling Author-Artist, Jan Brett to the McKenna Center at Grey Nun Academy on November 26th at 10am!  

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Doors Open 9:30 a.m.

At 10:00 a.m. Jan Brett will do a 20 minute drawing illustration and presentation. A book signing will immediately follow.  There will be activites for children and The Mermaid Bus will be parked outside the auditorium.

Everyone except those 3 years old and under is required to have their own ticket.  All $22.00 tickets include "The Mermaid" book and a place in signing line.  $4.00 tickets do not include book or place in signing line unless you are with a family member who has purchased a $22.00 ticket.   $4.00 ticket holders who purchase a book at the event will be included with last signing group. 

Only books purchased through the Newtown Bookshop for this event will be signed.  Jan will do her very best to sign all of the books that time permits.  The number of books that Jan can sign per family depends on how many people come to the signing.  If time does not permit Jan to sign every book, we will have special signed bookplates featuring Jan’s artwork for you to take home.

Tickets holders in the A, B, and C group will receive a signed poster by Jan.


THE MERMAID (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) is a striking, underwater version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears as only Brett could create starring a mermaid and three octopuses. Brett is famous for taking extensive research trips to all corners of the globe for her books and including special cultural flourishes in her highly detailed art. THE MERMAID took her to the reefs off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, and she describes her experience much like Alice going down the rabbit hole to find another world.  Later, during a “tentacles-on” experience at the New England Aquarium’s Giant Pacific Octopus Exhibit, Brett was astounded by their intelligence and curiosity for human interaction. Brett’s love of nature and strong support of conservation is strongly reflected in her work. 
In THE MERMAID, when Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral and she is so curious that she goes inside. But when the Octopus family returns home, they are not happy to find someone has been eating their food and breaking their things. Luckily, shock turns to happiness when Kiniro gives the baby octopus a thoughtful gift before escaping from the twenty-four arms coming her way.


Jan Brett is the New York Times #1 bestselling artist/author of over 35 books for children which have sold over 40 million copies combined. Her books have been chosen as “Best Children’s Books of the Year” by The New Yorker, Parents, Redbook, and others.


Praise for THE MERMAID: ★“…Dazzling…Brett’s brightly colored, highly detailed art shines in this aquatic setting… Brett’s fans will rejoice, and she’ll make new ones too.”                                                             —Publishers Weekly (starred review)






Event date: 
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 10:00am
Event address: 
McKenna Center
1750 Quarry Hill Road
YArdley, PA 18967
The Mermaid Cover Image
By Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399170720
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - August 22nd, 2017

A striking under-the-sea version of Goldilocks with bonus storytelling in the borders, as only Jan Brett could create.

When Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, she is so curious that she goes inside. She's thrilled to find a just-right breakfast, pretty little chair, and, best of all, a comfy bed that rocks in the current.