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HARRY AND HORSIE by Katie Van Camp Kirkus Star


by Katie Van Camp and illustrated by Lincoln Agnew

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-175598-9
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins

It’s past bedtime, but Harry and Horsie are still awake, drawn to the Super Duper Bubble Blooper aglow in the moonlight. Tiptoeing out of bed, they soon fill the room with the effervescent globules. So plentiful are the bubbles that to Harry’s boisterous delight, books, toys and shoes begin to float out the window and into space. But when a bubble carries Horsie away, Harry’s frivolity turns to fortitude. Dazzling rays emanate from the brave boy. With chest puffed forward and rocket ship in hand, he blasts off, determined to find his best friend. Through stardust he hurtles to save Horsie. Together they return home—and to bed—knowing no matter the adventure, they’ll always be together. Van Camp’s winsome text about a boy’s spirited imagination is propelled by Agnew’s dynamic illustrations. Done in a comic-book–inspired style, they burst with thrilling action and energy. Through silkscreen effect and the use of a four-color palette, they make the story feel both hip and classic. Young boys and space adventurers will adore this captivating, exuberant and contagious tale. (Picture book. 3-6)