Harry & Hopper
Publication Date: January 18, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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When Harry’s beloved dog Hopper dies, he has a hard time letting go, as Harry sees Hopper still in his life. Are Hopper’s visits to Harry the boy’s imagination, or is the dog truly leaving Harry gradually, once he makes sure his boy will be all right? Eyes will not stay dry as readers experience this beautifully written, gently illustrated story about losing a dear pet.
MARGARET WILD is the author of many beloved picture books, including Fox, Our Granny, and her Fall 2009 book for Feiwel and Friends, Puffling. FREYA BLACKWOOD has illustrated numerous picture books including Her Mother's Face by Roddy Doyle. Both author and artist live in Australia.
“A bittersweet picture book about loss…The subject makes this an atypical bedtime read, but there will be comfort in it for any child who has lost someone he loves.” --Wall Street Journal
“When so many picture books about grief aim squarely at bibliotherapy, Harry & Hopper reaches past the platitudes, sharing something essential about sadness and healing."--Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
“Wild's (Puffling) understated, empathic prose offers both a voice for a child unable to articulate his grief and the reassurance that those we love never really disappear. Blackwood's (Ivy Loves to Give) predominantly charcoal drawings are equally eloquent, particularly in her use of texture to capture the emotional essence of good and sad times. These days, her gift for portraying children navigating the turbulence of life feels especially necessary.” --Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“Tasteful, affecting and never maudlin.” --Kirkus Reviews
“Wild is no stranger to challenging picture book topics, and here she both evokes unflinchingly and treats respectfully the emotions of a grieving child.” --Horn Book Magazine