Marty B. Moose and Lenny Lobster are back in action around town in local artist Melissa Pelletier's latest creative endeavor, "The Wicked Good Kennebunk & Kennebunkport Activity Book." When "The Wicked Good Maine Activity Book" came out last summer, Pelletier held a contest to name her red fox character, and this time she's looking for help with a pair of charming, nameless seagulls. "People had so much fun coming up with the name Ruby for the red fox," Pelletier said. "I thought it would be fun to ask for their help again."
This latest installment in the "Wicked Good Activity Book" series is chock full of historical facts and interesting tidbits about the towns of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport and the surrounding areas. Pelletier, who runs Brown Fox Printing in Kennebunk, did some digging on her own to come up with material for the book, but credits Tracy Baetz, director of the Brick Store Museum, with providing a wealth of background information on the area.
"Tracy was great," Pelletier said. "She sent me a whole sheet of ideas, many of which you'll read in the book."
On one page, puzzlers can create a silly "Mad-Lib" type of fill-in-the-blank story about Marty Moose at Christmas Prelude, and also learn what famous writers once called Kennebunkport home. Another puzzle titled "Lobstermen in the Kennebunks" requires sharp addition skills to discover which day had the largest lobster catch. On this page you can also learn what European explorer was credited with discovering Kennebunkport some 400 years ago. Another page showcases a "Wildlife of the Kennebunks" word search where puzzlers will look for local critters, such as a groundhog, a rock crab, and a chickadee. Wildlife and ocean dwellers indigenous to the area are featured heavily in this activity book because Pelletier herself is an animal lover, and she acknowledges that the beaches and wildlife are what draw families to the area every summer for vacation.