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Harry & Hopper Hardcover – January 18, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031264261X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312642617
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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*Starred Review* Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration in 2010, this bittersweet Australian import about a boy and his dog brings diffuse tenderness and a touch of magic realism to a tale of love and loss. Harry meets Hopper the hound on the title page, and for a few spreads, the two are inseparable. Then Hopper is killed in an accident, and Harry is devastated. That night, Hopper appears at the window, solid and warm, and the two relive their time together, playing, wrestling, and cuddling. Hopper returns, night after night, ever fading in substance, until Harry is ready to say good-bye. Wild�s unflinching narrative�sensitive and straightforward and spare�evokes the quiet, ceaseless throb of absence. Blackwood�s sketchy paintings, though muted in tone and somber in substance, wriggle with life, even when that life is only a dream. With careful use of composition and perspective, Blackwood often places the protagonists on the outskirts of the page, positions that echo the story�s themes of loneliness and connection. When so many picture books about grief aim squarely at bibliotherapy, Harry & Hopper reaches past the platitudes, sharing something essential about sadness and healing. Preschool-Grade 3. --Thom Barthelmess

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“A bittersweet picture book about loss…The subject makes this an atypical bedtime read, but there will be comfort in it for any child who has lost someone he loves.” --Wall Street Journal

 

“When so many picture books about grief aim squarely at bibliotherapy, Harry & Hopper reaches past the platitudes, sharing something essential about sadness and healing."--Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

 

“Wild's (Puffling) understated, empathic prose offers both a voice for a child unable to articulate his grief and the reassurance that those we love never really disappear. Blackwood's (Ivy Loves to Give) predominantly charcoal drawings are equally eloquent, particularly in her use of texture to capture the emotional essence of good and sad times. These days, her gift for portraying children navigating the turbulence of life feels especially necessary.” --Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

 

“Tasteful, affecting and never maudlin.” --Kirkus Reviews

 

“Wild is no stranger to challenging picture book topics, and here she both evokes unflinchingly and treats respectfully the emotions of a grieving child.” --Horn Book Magazine

Customer Reviews

Really, ANYTHING would be better than this for a young child in particular.
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I think there are other books out there that might be of more help if the main purpose of this book is to help a child cope with grief.
Wren Dreolin
The father of the story probably did what is best...let the boy get over it himself.
C. Wagner

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tmgukcatfan on March 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Harry & Hopper is a fresh take on books for children about losing a pet. One day Harry comes home to learn his beloved dog, Hopper has died. Sad and upset, Harry refused to believe this is true. That night he dreams Hopper is alive and is finally able to say goodbye to his friend. The text is realistic without being maudlin. The beautiful illustrations fit perfectly with the text and bring out the joy Harry and Hopper felt when they were together. For everyone who has yearned for just a little more time with a loved one who is gone, this book will show that those we love are forever with us in our memories. After reading this book you will hug those you love with the knowledge that time together can be short and every moment should be savored.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O. Snow on July 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Every time I read a picture book, I smile or laugh, but Harry & Hopper was different. I cried and cried and blew my nose many times. Every time I read it, my heart is touched. I can't forget this motherless boy and his faithful, tender dog. Now they are living in my heart. This book is one of my treasures. I highly recommend this book for children in order to grow their sensitivity and to give them tender heart. Margaret Wild is a writer who can make a reader weep, and also Freya Blackwood's illustrations are super. This beautiful story and art together make good harmony. Even as I am writing this book review, my eyes are wet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JennE on March 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We lost our family dog a few months before coming across this title. Although it couldn't bring our Jake back... it helped fill a void created by his loss. Timely find. Sweet story. Tears!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on June 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When Harry's favorite companion, Hopper, his dog, dies, he is not ready to say goodbye. Unable to sleep without the company of his favorite pup, Harry sleeps on the sofa, and goes to school in the day. When Hopper appears to Harry in the middle of the night, Harry is finally able to remember his playful companion and say goodbye. This touching picture book will be a favorite for young children who lose pet, ages 4-7.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Harry loves his dog Hopper and the pair shares a very close bond. When tragedy strikes, Harry has a hard lesson to learn - about coming to terms with loss and of learning to grieve. Initially, Harry balks at accepting his loss and refuses to discuss it, but later he does learn to handle his grief, albeit in an unusual manner.

There is an almost supernatural twist to this story, and my kindergartner kept asking why the dog at times appeared like it was `fading'. I chose to interpret it as Harry experiencing a dream where the spirit of his dead dog comes back to visit, thus enabling the pair to have closure. A poignant read which helps children learn about the process of grieving.
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