Popular children’s author and artist Jan Brett to visit Fairfield

From New York Times #1 Best Selling Author/ Artist, Jan Brett, comes an original twist to a favorite folktale THE TURNIP – With over 40 million books in print, New York Times #1 best selling and beloved author/ artist, Jan Brett’s exquisite art is universally recognized as being among the finest in children’s books today.

Brett will be at the downtown Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield, on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m. Jan will give a drawing demonstration followed by a book signing. Her touring bus will be parked outside the Bookstore 1 hour prior to the event. Everyone is welcome to take a picture in front of the bus which is wrapped with the book cover image. Line tickets go on sale at the downtown Bookstore beginning Tuesday Nov. 3, at 9 a.m. with book purchase. The first 100 line tickets guarantee a signing by the author. There will enough books for everyone and book plates available.

The Turnip (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) is a rollicking tale of eight animals struggling to pull up a giant turnip from the garden as winter sets in. Badger Girl finds the giant turnip in the garden, but she can’t pull it up alone. One by one her brother, mother, and father try, followed by Hedgie, Mr. Ram, and Dapple Grey, the horse. No one can budge it. Then, a cocky rooster brags that he can and steps up to try. He goes flying through the air holding the turnip and everyone is astonished. Little do they know that the mama bear who has been moving through the borders with her two cubs has kicked the turnip out of her underground den so she and her cubs will have more room to sleep through winter.

Brett, famous for taking extensive research trips to all corners of the globe for her books, traveled to Russia for THE TURNIP. Her close study of the countryside has resulted in colorful folk art patterns in her signature borders and Russian folk style clothes on the animals.

Jan Brett is one of America’s most popular children’s book artist/ authors and has brought to life lovable characters in extraordinary settings for millions of children for over 30 years. Her popularity among preschool and elementary school youngsters, their teachers, and parents is unmatched.

This is good old fashioned storytelling, as deeply satisfying as ‘turnip pancakes browned in butter for all.’ Brett’s customary visual sumptuousness evokes Russian folk art, while also providing readers with narrative ‘Easter Eggs’…” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Brett winner to add to the shelf.” -Kirkus Reviews

Jan Brett’s books have been chosen as “Best Children’s Books of the Year” by The New Yorker, Parents, Redbook, and others. Brett lives in Norwell, MA. For more about Jan Brett and all of her books, please visit: janbrett.com.

For more Bookstore events please visit us @ www.fairfieldbookstore.com and www.facebook.com/FairfieldUBookstore, Twitter & Instagram @ FairfieldUBooks. The downtown Fairfield University Bookstore, located in the heart of downtown Fairfield, is operated by the Follett Higher Education Group and proudly serves the Fairfield Community, Fairfield University and beyond.

Information: 203-255-7756.


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