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School Visit with Chris Van Dusen

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 8:00am
Event address: 

Private Off-Site Event

Author/Illustrator Chris Van Dusen will be visiting schools with Once Upon A Time Bookstore. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order at least 24 hours in advance.  

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About the Book: In this exuberant companion to If I Built a Car, a boy fantasizes about his dream school--from classroom to cafeteria to library to playground.
My school will amaze you. My school will astound. 
By far the most fabulous school to be found! 
Perfectly planned and impeccably clean. 
On a scale, 1 to 10, it's more like 15! 
And learning is fun in a place that's fun, too.

If Jack built a school, there would be hover desks and pop-up textbooks, skydiving wind tunnels and a trampoline basketball court in the gym, a robo-chef to serve lunch in the cafeteria, field trips to Mars, and a whole lot more. The inventive boy who described his ideal car and house in previous books is dreaming even bigger this time.

Chris Van Dusen author photo

About the Author: Chris Van Dusen was born in Portland, Maine and received his BFA from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He has created illustrations that have been published in magazines and books and printed on T-shirts and greeting cards. He won the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award for If I Built a House. In addition to his own books, Chris has illustrated Kate DiCamillo's Mercy Watson and Tales from Deckawoo Drive chapter book series. He lives in Maine with his wife, two sons, and their dog.

If I Built a School Cover Image
By Chris Van Dusen, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525552918
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - August 13th, 2019

If I Built a Car Cover Image
By Chris Van Dusen, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525474005
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2005

If I Built a Car Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142408254
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - June 14th, 2007

If I Built a House Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803737518
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - October 25th, 2012

If I Built a House Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781984814845
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - August 13th, 2019

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