Harry on the Rocks
By Susan Meddaugh
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Library Binding, 9780618276035, 32pp.)
Publication Date: April 2003
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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An afternoon boating excursion goes terribly awry when Harry drops his oars and the tide takes him and his little yellow boat out to sea. A storm washes him ashore on an island with nothing but sand and rocks and one windblown tree. Hungry, Harry hopes to eat an egg he finds amid the rocks, but after warming in the sun, the egg doesn’t cookit hatches! So instead of dinner, Harry finds a friend. But just what is the little, quickly growing, colorful, winged, lizardlike creature? Harry’s in for more than one surprise as he discovers the true nature of the bizzard’s identity and the friendship they share.
Susan Meddaugh was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. She graduated from Wheaton College, where she studied French literature and fine arts. After working briefly with an advertising agency in New York, she moved to Boston and worked at a publishing company for ten years, first as a designer, then art editor, and finally as art director. While there, she did the illustrations for GOOD STONES (Houghton Mifflin) by Anne Epstein, and then decided to strike out on her own as a freelance illustrator and creator of children's books. Since that time, Susan has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including MARTHA SPEAKS, which was chosen as a NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book for 1992. In 1998 she was awarded the New England Book Award, given by the New England Booksellers Association to recognize a body of work. Her work also was acknowledged with a New York Times Best Illustrated Award. She lives in Sherborn, Massachusetts.
The attention-getting opening is just the beginning of a wellpaced, cleanly wrought piece of storytelling.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Meddaugh’s newest is a WilliamSteglike tale of a lonely castaway who inadvertently becomes a parent.” Kirkus Reviews
Meddaugh, who is a master at creating satisfying endings, doesn’t disappoint here Her economical writing ahs a natural flow and the simple pictures expertly convey the comedy, drama, and emotion of this great little story.” School Library Journal
Meddaugh’s delivery is as droll as ever, and her tale stays on track right through to the clever twist at the end.” Publishers Weekly
Meddaugh’s sterling sense of humor, which shone in such books as Martha Speaks, is certainly evident in both the amusing text and art.” Booklist, ALA