Book of the Week #32

The Summer Visitors by Karel Hayes (Down East Books, 2010)

Watercolor artist and New Hampshire resident Karel Hayes tells the story of two families sharing a cabin at the lake. One family is human, and the other is bears and the sharing may be a surprise to the human family.
"The Summer Visitors seems like one of those childhood treasures you discover on a musty bookshelf in a furnished summer timeshare: unexpected yet perfectly seasonal, a small pleasure that ends up somehow intrinsic to the vacation experience. Once again, as in 2007’s clever “Winter Visitors,” Karel upends the idea that it’s bears who intrude on human space. Here, finely drawn pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, often appearing in panels, tell the story; the economical text is almost unnecessary." (NY Times, 7/20/11)
White Birch Books will be hosting a signing with Karel Hayes on Saturday, 8/13/2011 from 3-5pm.

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