America’s Own Loch Ness Monster? New Children’s Book Spotlights Champ – the Legendary Monster of Lake Champlain

July 8, 2010

VERONA, N.J., July 8 /PRNewswire/ — Like people around the world, Americans have been fascinated by purported sightings of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster ever since the legendary water-beast began to make media headlines in 1933. What many Americans may not know is that Vermont’s Lake Champlain is believed, by some, to have a water-beast of its own, known as “Champ,” the lovable Champlain Monster. Now, Shankman & O’Neill (author Ed Shankman and illustrator Dave O’Neill) are bringing Champ’s legend to children in the form of a newly published rhyming children’s book called “Champ and Me by the Maple Tree” (Commonwealth Editions). “Champ and Me by the Maple Tree” tells the story of a young Vermont tomboy who has a chance encounter with Champ through which she and the beast form a lifelong bond.

Shankman & O’Neill are the team that created Mom’s Choice Award-winning children’s book, “I Met a Moose in Maine One Day” as well as “The Boston Balloonies” and “The Cods of Cape Cod.”

Shankman & O’Neill may be just the right team to immortalize Champ in children’s literature. Simplekids.net says “I Met a Moose in Maine One Day” “bursts with incredible rhyme and meter,” and adds that “O’Neill’s illustrations masterfully match the whimsical text.” 5minutesformom.com says, “All of Shankman & O’Neill’s books are amazing. Clever stories that my girls want to hear over and over again and illustrations that draw you in to each page of the book.” Jollymom.com says, “Words aren’t enough to express how much I love Shankman & O’Neill’s books. They truly belong in every child’s bookshelf … Shankman & O’Neill are like the modern-day Dr. Seuss for our children’s generation.”

In its review of “Champ and Me by the Maple Tree,” my4monkeys.com writes, “With new adventures and the fantastic mixture of Ed Shankman’s Dr. Seuss-like rhymes and Dave O’Neill’s vivid artwork, ‘Champ and Me by the Maple Tree’ has all the markings of a Shankman & O’Neill classic!”

Shankman & O’Neill books are available on amazon.com and through other online booksellers. For more information, visit http://www.shankmanoneill.com.

Does Shankman believe in Champ, the Champlain Monster?

“Do I think Champ exists? Let’s put it this way: I didn’t see him during my tour of Lake Champlain. But I wouldn’t swim alone in the lake at night,” says Shankman.

“Champ and Me by the Maple Tree” closes with the following lines:

“If you come to Vermont near a lake called Champlain/And you cut through the woods on an old country lane/There’s a chance you will see my friend Champ and me/Playing happy and free by the old maple tree.”

Sounds like a possibility few children could resist.


    Dave O'Neill
    For: Shankman & O'Neill

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