Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Holyoke Library to Present Best-Selling Author


David Soman, New York Times bestselling author, will be a special guest of Holyoke Public Library’s Children’s Department on Saturday, September 27 at 9:30 AM in the Library Community Room. A co-creator of “The Ladybug Girl” series, David Soman has made is solo debut with a beautifully illustrated new book, “Three Bears in a Boat,” for which he has also contributed the spectacular illustrations. During his visit to Holyoke Library, Mr. Soman will read excerpts from the book, which pays homage to such classics as “Where the Wild Things Are,” and “Huckleberry Finn.”

“Three Bears in a Boat tells the story of three young bear siblings who accidentally break their mother’s favorite blue shell. The three are so afraid to tell what happened that none want to take the blame. Their solution is to set sail in their little boat to fine Mama a perfect replacement. The three sail farther than they have ever gone before, past whales and islands and salty sailor bears, but are unsuccessful in finding what they are searching for. Finally a terrible storm blows in and the siblings realize they are far from home. Knowing that they must take responsibility for what they have done in trying to make things right, they join together to find their way back to Mama.

The book has already been highly praised by noted publications with Kirkus commenting that the book is “Filled with illustrations that insert lighthearted visual nods to classic books (a boat named “Melville” is fled with Moby Dick-ish bears, and a raft carries Huckleberry Finn-like bears), this tale is a treat for both eye and ear. Humorous and intelligent – and with watercolor seascapes so luminous that readers will want to jump in – this is a book to be treasured for years to come.” Other reviewers of children’s books have been similarly enthusiastic.

The presentation with David Soman is free to the public and especially appropriate to young patrons. Advance reservations are encouraged. For additional information, please call: 413-420-8105.

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