Saturday, November 28, 2009
Harry and Horsie, written by Katie Van Camp and illustrated by Lincoln Agnew. Harper, 2009. $22.50 ages 3 and up
"It was way past bedtime, but Harry wasn't tired. Neither was Horsie.
The moon was keeping them awake. It was shining on the shelf where Harry's brand new Super Duper Bubble Blooper had been put away for the night."
In an opening note Harry’s Dad, David Letterman, relates to readers that is a story about his son and his best friend and an adventure that might be real or imagined. If you know preschoolers you know that they have an amazing ability to put themselves in places that few of us could imagine. They believe in themselves as 'adventurers supreme' and in their personal ability to make their own dreams come to fruition. Harry is one of those dreamers! He and Horsie are meant to be asleep but they just can’t seem to settle. With deft dexterity they manage to get the Bubble Blooper and the fun begins in earnest, and with a little laughter. Problems are solved with speed and success and the knowledge that no matter what befalls them, they are better off together! Aren’t we all? The illustrations intrigue with their feeling of retro cartoon work, the story satisfies and it will be enjoyed again and again.