FIRST COMES HARRY by Taro Gomi

FIRST COMES HARRY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An exuberant preschooler is always first in whatever he does, from waking up to going to bed. The stylized art, characteristic of this Japanese illustrator, features bright, bold colors; particularly striking is the judicious use of white on the borders and in the illustrations. The simple, flat shapes convey action as Harry races, slides, jumps and laughs through the day, while facial features and moods effectively change with just the slightest alteration of line. The text plays a weak second to the art, never becoming more than a rundown of daily activities; and although the morning events are detailed, the latter part of the day is telescoped. Readers might wonder what happened to lunch. The strength here lies in the dramatic composition. Children who also want to be first will be delighted with the irrepressible Harry.

Pub Date: March 31st, 1987
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Morrow