Author Chris Van Dusen

The Reading Bug in San Carlos is bringing New York Times best-selling Author and Illustrator, Chris Van Dusen to visit our students! Chris is best known for his vibrant art and wonderful rhyme in books such as Circus Ship and If I Built A Car.  His new book, If I Built a School just hit #3 on the New York Times. Kids will have the opportunity to see Chris draw and he will answer questions from the audience!  Get author-signed copies of these timeless books below!

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
ORDER DUE DATE: 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
In order for your child to receive their signed book(s) on the day of the event in school, orders must be placed on or before the date above. Late orders will be available for pick-up at The Reading Bug and may not be able to be personalized.

HOW TO USE THIS FORM: 
To order and personalize author-signed copies delivered to your child in-school for the author visit, complete this form.
FIRST, review the books below.
THEN, select quantities of each title to order (leave quantity as 0 if you do not wish to order a title).
NEXT, add details about your child & school and set personalization options.
FINALLY, add your order to cart, then check-out and pay. Order confirmation will be sent after payment.

Pre-order author signed copies using this form. Books will be delivered to your child's teacher on the day of the event.
Your order can help your school! For every $200 spent, The Reading Bug donates BugBucks to fund school purchases.

Books Available for Purchase: 

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.


Jack is ready to build the house of his dreams, complete with a racetrack, flying room, and gigantic slide. Jack's limitless creativity and infectious enthusiasm will inspire budding young inventors to imagine their own fantastical designs. 

Chris Van Dusen's vibrant illustrations marry retro appeal with futuristic style as he, once again, gives readers a delightfully rhyming text that absolutely begs to be read aloud.


"If I built a car, it'd be totally new! Here are a few of the things that I'd do. . . ." Jack has designed the ultimate fantasy car. Inspired by zeppelins and trains, Cadillacs and old planes, with brilliant colors and lots of shiny chrome, this far-out vision is ready to cruise! there's a fireplace, a pool, and even a snack bar! After a tour of the ritzy interior, robert the robot starts up the motor . . . and Jack and his dad set off on the wildest test drive ever!


When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the poor animals are left on their own, but they soon win over the wary townspeople with their kind, courageous ways. So well do the critters blend in that when the greedy circus owner returns to claim them, villagers of all species conspire to outsmart the bloated blowhard. With buoyant rhymes and brilliantly caricatured illustrations evoking the early nineteenth century, Chris Van Dusen presents a hugely entertaining tale about the bonds of community—and a hidden-pictures spread for eagle-eyed readers of all ages.


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