Author and artist Jason Chin will read from his new book, Grand Canyon, and sign copies at 11 a.m. at the Flying Pig Bookstore on Feb. 25.

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Author and artist Jason Chin will read from his new book, Grand Canyon, and sign copies at 11 a.m. at the Flying Pig Bookstore on Feb. 25.

Chin, a Vermont resident, creates stunning nonfiction books on environmental and scientific topics—but with an imaginative twist. Grand Canyon is receiving notable advance praise and has landed five coveted “starred” reviews from various journals and lists. “With vivid imagination, a crystal-clear grasp of the facts, and brilliant artwork, this illuminating look at one of the planet’s most fascinating features will entrance young readers,” praises Booklist’s starred review.

Following in the tradition of Chin’s previous books (Gravity; Redwoods; Coral Reef), Grand Canyon includes beautiful panoramas and a creative book design. In Chin’s story, readers follow a father and daughter as they make their way through the cavernous wonder, discovering life both present and past. Readers weave in and out of time as perfectly placed die-cuts show that a fossil today was a creature long ago, perhaps in a drastically different environment. Complete with a spectacular double gatefold, an intricate map and extensive back matter, the book is sure to be considered Chin’s masterpiece.

For more about Jason Chin, or to preview a teacher’s guide to using Jason Chin’s works for the Common Core curriculum, please visit jasonchin.net. The event is free of charge and open to the public. RSVPs are welcome but not required: flyingpigevents@gmail.com or 802-985-3999.