This book makes me want to pack my bags and head to a lake in Maine. Although the main story line is fantastical, the illustrations depict actual Maine wildlife.
I love all of Mr. Van Dusen's books he has written/illustrated. We own all the Mercy Watson books he illustrated.
One day Hattie is singing in her canoe, when a monster allured by her singing, emerges. Even though the two become fast friends, other witnesses are appalled and conclude that he is dangerous. The townspeople hold a meeting to discuss the monster and how to eradicate him. At night, Hattie and Hudson (for that is the name she gives him) create their own plan to reveal how friendly he is.
An awesome vertical page adds uniqueness to the book. The book is also bigger in size which reflects the large monster character!
-Borrowed from the library.