YARMOUTH, Maine — Islandport Press will team with Weathervane Seafood Restaurants this June to celebrate the release of “Crustacean Vacation,” a new children’s picture book which follows a crab family’s fun-filled summer visit to a local amusement park.
In the book, written by Vermont author Brian Benoit, a curious family of crabs venture on land to picnic on the beach, play games in a boardwalk arcade, and slide and glide in a water park. But this is no ordinary boardwalk. Here, a seagull runs the candy store, a shark manages the tattoo parlor, a seahorse hawks prizes, and the lifeguard is an octopus. Young readers will delight in Benoit’s clever rhyming verses paired with wacky and wonderful illustrations straight from the imagination of acclaimed New Hampshire artist Marty Kelley.
To introduce New Englanders and vacationers to the book, Benoit and Kelley will visit all thirteen Weathervane restaurants in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts during the month of June. On a specially scheduled “Crustacean Vacation” night at each location, the author or illustrator will read the book, books will be available for sale and signing, diners will receive family-friendly activity sheets, and the restaurant will raffle off a signed copy of the book. In some locations, Islandport and Weathervane will also team with a local bookseller.
Meg Cloud, Marketing Director of Weathervane Seafood Restaurants said “We support education and literacy in many ways, including scholarships and support for local summer reading programs. Partnering with Islandport Press to bring this exciting new book into our own restaurants is a perfect opportunity to show children how much fun reading can be.”
“The Weathervane is a family-oriented New England institution and we are delighted to be working with them,” said Dean L. Lunt, publisher at Islandport Press. “As the book industry continues to change, we think it is critical to find new and fun ways to reach readers and promote literacy, to continue exploring ways to engage people who lead very busy lives and have many, many entertainment and reading options. Teaming with the Weathervane and some local booksellers gives us that opportunity, and is a way to increase exposure for the very talented Brian Benoit and Marty Kelly.”
Weathervane was opened in 1969 by Ray and Bea Gagner. It started as a simple take-out stand in the small town of Kittery, Maine, and it was just a summer place that folks traveled to for fresh seafood, tasty chowder, lobster and other yummy treats prepared from old family recipes. Although times have changed, the tradition carries on. Today, the Weathervane Seafood Restaurants, headquartered in Kittery, operates thirteen restaurants in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Yarmouth-based Islandport Press is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England. For more information, call 846-3344, or visit www.islandportpress.com.