Our favorite holiday story of the past few years has got to be the gorgeous picture book Red and Lulu, so when we found out we had an opportunity to host famed author and illustrator Matt Tavares, we said YES PLEASE! Because any time is the right time to celebrate a great Christmas book. Matt's new creation is called Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever. Colby Sharp, co-founder of Nerdy Book Club, says, "Matt Tavares's Dasher is magical. Kids are going to love this story for decades to come."
We say, "come meet Matt, and eat Christmas cookies, and learn the story of Dasher! To quote a famous song: "We need a little Christmas now!"
This event is free and open to the public. We recommend it for kids ages 4 and up. We ask that you buy your copies of Matt Tavares's books from The Book Stall if you enter the book-signing queue.
About the book:
Dasher is a brave little doe with a wish in her heart. She spends her days with her family under the hot sun in a traveling circus, but she longs for a different life - one in which her hooves tread in soft, cold snow under the glow of the North Star.
And one day, when the opportunity arises, Dasher seizes her destiny and takes off in pursuit of the life she wants to live. It's not too long before she meets a nice man in a red suit with a horse-drawn sleigh. And soon, with the help of a powerful wish, Christmas will never be the same.
About the author:
Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of Crossing Niagara, Henry Aaron's Dream, There Goes Ted Williams, Becoming Babe Ruth, and Growing Up Pedro, as well as Zachary's Ball, Oliver's Game, and Mudball. He is the illustrator of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Over the River and Through the Wood, Lady Liberty by Doreen Rappaport, The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup, and Jubilee! by Alicia Potter. Most recently he wrote and illustrated the modern Christmas tale Red and Lulu. Matt Tavares lives in Ogunquit, Maine with his wife, Sarah, and their two daughters. Learn more at http://matttavares.com.
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