Books by Harry Bliss

GRACE FOR GUS by Harry Bliss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A heartwarming call and response. (Graphic fiction. 5-adult)"
Based on a short film by Bliss' son, Alexander, this nearly wordless graphic novel follows a seemingly quiet second-grader through an eventful 24 hours. Read full book review >
THE WHOOPIE PIE WAR by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 23, 2013

"With humor and sympathy for her appealing protagonist and his secret friend, Jenkins continues a strong series for readers of short chapter books. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A whoopie-pie truck threatens the Wolowitz family ice cream business in this third adventure starring fourth-grader Hank and his invisible bandapat friend, Inkling. Read full book review >
BAILEY AT THE MUSEUM by Harry Bliss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Readers who've already met the endearing Bailey will be glad to see he's back and look forward to further exploits; new acquaintances will surely search for his well-received debut. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In his second outing, Bailey, the totally typical early-elementary student who just happens to be a spotted dog, enjoys a field trip and finds a new friend. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS PUMPKINS by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2012

"Appealing any time of the year. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Brooklyn fourth-grader Hank Wolowitz faces his worst Halloween ever when his invisible friend, Inkling, discovers that pumpkins are his favorite kind of food. Read full book review >
BAILEY by Harry Bliss
by Harry Bliss, illustrated by Harry Bliss
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Deeper thinkers may see in this a message of acceptance of everyone for who they are; others may simply see fun, and there's nothing wrong with that. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bailey enjoys his day at school, from the bus ride in the morning through math, art, music, recess, reading and the afternoon bus ride back home to his…doghouse. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE INKLING by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2011

"Anyone who who has ever had an imaginary friend will appreciate sassy Inkling (who's invisible—not imaginary). (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Nine-year-old Hank Wolowitz fears the prospect of fourth grade at New York's PS 166 without friends—his best friend Alexander just moved away (against his will). Read full book review >
LUKE ON THE LOOSE by Harry Bliss
ANIMALS
Released: April 6, 2009

"Only figuratively, one hopes. (Graphic early reader. 5-7)"
Leaving his oblivious father deep in "(boring dad talk)" with a passerby, little Luke scuttles off in pursuit of a flock of pigeons. Read full book review >
DIARY OF A FLY by Doreen Cronin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Worm and Spider have had their say, now it's time for Fly to take center stage. Read full book review >
A VERY BRAVE WITCH by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"This gently humorous story is teamed with appealing, warm, yet appropriately spooky watercolors that depict the very brave witch on what is, naturally, her favorite holiday. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Witches really do exist, and they live in haunted houses. Read full book review >
DIARY OF A SPIDER by Doreen Cronin
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Once again, brilliantly hilarious. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The wriggly narrator of Diary of a Worm (2003) puts in occasional appearances, but it's his arachnid buddy who takes center stage here, with terse, tongue-in-cheek comments on his likes (his close friend Fly, Charlotte's Web), his dislikes (vacuums, people with big feet), nervous encounters with a huge Daddy Longlegs, his extended family—which includes a Grandpa more than willing to share hard-won wisdom (The secret to a long, happy life: "Never fall asleep in a shoe.")—and mishaps both at spider school and on the human playground. Read full book review >
MRS. WATSON WANTS YOUR TEETH by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Bliss's artwork gives the story additional buzz, like a shot of espresso, in both the immediate interpretation and in a brilliant company of sly marginalia, hitting toothy notes that sit comfortably between Charles Schulz and Charles Addams. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A second-grader puts the willies into a first-day first-grader in this very fun mock thriller. Read full book review >
DON’T FORGET TO COME BACK! by Robie H. Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"An amusing, sophisticated look at an age-old concern, reflecting the emotions of separation anxiety through the eyes of a verbal, assertive child. (Picture book. 3-7)"
It's a night out at the opera for Mommy and Daddy while their demanding, somewhat overly imaginative preschooler is apprehensive about staying home with babysitter, Sarah. Read full book review >
DIARY OF A WORM by Doreen Cronin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Not so different from us, after all. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Each turn of the page will bring fresh waves of giggles as a young worm records one misadventure after another. Read full book review >
COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Her narrative is set in standard type, but the wittiest of comments appear in balloons tying up the laughter. (Picture book. 3-7)"
McGhee debuts for children with a very funny story about a girl who tries desperately to cope with not knowing how to tie her shoes. Read full book review >
A FINE, FINE SCHOOL by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Just fine. (Picture book. 4-8)"
School can be peachy, but that doesn't mean time away from school isn't just as valuable, which is the lesson Principal Keene has to learn in this charming story of a school administrator utterly rapt in his job. Mr. Keene just can't get enough of his fine school with all that fine learning being taught by the fine teachers to the fine students. Read full book review >