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HIP, HIP…BERET! Author Event with Melanie Ellsworth and Morena Forza

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm

The Camden Public Library is excited to announce that one of our local patrons, Melanie Ellsworth, has her first picture book coming out this month!  Sign up to join us for a special online reading by Melanie followed by question and answer time with Melanie and illustrator Morena Forza.  We are thrilled to be a part of her “book birthday” celebration!  Melanie will be personalizing signed copies of her book for pre-orders placed through the Owl & Turtle bookshop in Camden.  Call or go online to order. Email children’s librarian Miss Amy at alhand@librarycamden.org to request a Zoom link to attend. 


HIP, HIP…BERET! – a picture book by Melanie Ellsworth and illustrated by Morena Forza – celebrates the joyful, whimsical adventure of a beret in the wind. Grand-père gifts Bella the hat she’s always wanted – a beret! But just as she places it on her head, a gust of wind whisks it away. When the beret lands in a chef’s pan . . . hip, hip, soufflé! When it lands on the head of a dancer . . . hip, hip, ballet! The wind continues to sweep the hat farther and farther away. Will Bella ever get back her beloved beret?

HIP, HIP…BERET! is a perfect choice for story time with its repetition, rhyme, and hilarious wordplay. On the cover and inside the book, find a few touchable berets as an interactive and tactile element to engage young readers.

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and available on February 23, 2021.

ISBN: 978-0358137283


Melanie Ellsworth is the author of HIP, HIP…BERET! (HMH, February 2021) and CLARINET & TRUMPET (HMH, March 2021). She has worked as a literacy specialist and an ESOL teacher, meeting fascinating students from all over the world. Now, she writes picture books and middle grade novels in lovely mid-coast Maine where she lives with her husband, daughter, and her co-worker dog. Melanie loves reading, traveling (or dreaming of traveling), daily walks to the river, and borrowing countless books through interlibrary loan (thank you, Camden Public Library!). Melanie is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Soaring ‘20s Debut Picture Book Group. Find her on Twitter @melanieells and Instagram @melaniebellsworth.

Morena Forza works as an illustrator specializing in the children’s market, with her work appearing in trade, picture books and educational books, magazines, greeting cards, and digital media. Morena started out as a pixel artist, so she learned to love the tiniest details in her drawings. She then pursued illustrating full time–she hasn’t stopped drawing since. She lives with her two cats and a hound in Milan, Italy but secretly dreams about moving to the countryside. morenaforza.com.

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