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!
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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)
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.
When Big Snowshoe tells Little Snow that the animals’ Santa is coming with presents for everyone, Little Snow wants to know who he is. The animals say they have never seen him. Maybe he’s a badger, a moose, a polar bear, or a wolf, they tell him. But this spunky little rabbit thinks they are just fooling him.
Jan Brett's popular winter tale--now in board book!
Confident and excited to make new friends, the Gingerbread Baby happens upon a bakery, where he dances and prances in front of a sugar cookie girl, trying to make friends. But she just stares and doesn’t say a word, like all the other sweet treats he tries to meet.
Four of Jan Brett’s very best animal stories, together in one treasury.
Jan Brett’s beloved character the Gingerbread Baby returns in a fun-filled Christmas caper!
A wild little troll runs away from home because he doesn't want to do his chores. Rollo tries living with various woodland animals, but he finds out that there is no place like home, and returns to his family just in time for "the best Christmas ever."
Jan Brett's Christmas classic is a visual masterpiece and includes a DVD to savor!
A bestselling modern classic that has been a family favorite for over 25 years.
When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing.
Aloo-ki glances up from fishing and sees her sled dogs floating off on an ice floe. She races after them and comes upon an igloo. Being a curious girl, she goes inside only to find no one home. That's because the polar bear family who lives there is out walking while their breakfast cools off. Aloo-ki eats some soup, tries on their boots, and finally crawls into the smallest bed for a nap.
Who will help Mossy return home to Lilypad Pond?
More than anything Hedgie wants to be an astronaut and travel into space.
Jan Brett's richly illustrated take on a classic tale—it's just right!
A Publishers Weekly #1 bestseller, Jan Brett's heartwarming story of Hedgie the hedgehog's misadventures in the snow has become a family favorite.
Jan Brett's #1 New York Times bestseller, now in board book format
Jan Brett's board book audience will love this brief version of a favorite tale in which Aloo-ki, an Inuit girl, meets a polar bear family.
Originally published in 1989, this luminous reissue of an all-time favorite fairy tale will attract an even wider audience with its romantic new jacket and a shortened text.
Jan Brett sets her Cinderella story in a snowy Russian winter where one magical night, Cinders, the most picked upon hen in the flock, becomes the most loved by Prince Cockerel when she arrives at his ball looking so beautiful that even her bossy sisters don't recognize her.
Remember how the Gingerbread Boy is eaten by the fox? Well, not this Gingerbread Baby in a delicious twist to a favorite old tale.
It all begins when Matti opens the oven too soon and out jumps a cheeky little Gingerbread Bay. He leads Matti's mother and father, the dog and the cat.
Jan Brett's New York Times bestselling picture book The Umbrella has all the rollicking fun of the woodland animals that crowd into a mitten in the snow in The Mitten.
Jan Brett's The Twelve Days of Christmas has long been a holiday favorite. Now this classic picture book has been redesigned for maximum legibility as a charming board book, perfect for sharing the wonder and magic of Christmas with Jan Brett's youngest fans.