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HARRY & HOPPER by Margaret Wild


by Margaret Wild & illustrated by Freya Blackwood

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Jan. 18th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-64261-7
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

A young boy’s journey of grief. Harry’s new puppy can’t stop hopping all around him, giving the boy inspiration for his name. Hopper and Harry are soon inseparable; the black-and-white pooch even sleeps on Harry’s bed (at first at the foot, before he creeps up to the head). One day, Harry comes home from school to the bad news that Hopper has been killed in an accident. Harry never even had a chance to say goodbye. He wanders around in a daze, can’t sleep and doesn’t tell his friends at school what’s happened. In the middle of the night, Hopper magically appears at his window. Overjoyed, Harry stays up all that night and the next playing with Hopper. The third night, Harry waits, but Hopper doesn’t return. At midnight, Harry sees a shadow of Hopper, “as wispy as winter fog”—it’s his chance to say goodbye. Blackwood’s beautiful illustrations—laser print with watercolor, gouache and charcoal—add an appropriate layer of melancholy to Wild’s clean, economical prose. Tasteful, affecting and never maudlin. (Picture book. 5-8)