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Harry and Horsie Hardcover – August 25, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061755982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061755989
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-K—Harry and his best friend, Horsie, are inseparable. One night, when he can't sleep, he climbs to the shelf that holds his new bubble-making machine. He creates bubbles that begin to surround objects in his room and float them out the window. That's not a problem until one of the diaphanous orbs picks up Horsie and silently drifts into outer space. Harry's adventure in rescuing his beloved stuffed animal is enhanced by retro-style, computer-generated illustrations in beige, blue, and black with touches of red and gold. Planets that hang from Harry's ceiling, a crescent moon shining into his room, and the racecar posters decorating his walls all foreshadow the boy's quest. The intriguing pictures vary from one or two per page to entire spreads, creating interest and flow. This simple story looks as though it could have been written and illustrated in the 1950s, but it will appeal to today's readers.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI END

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A Fall 2009 Kid’s Indie Next PickHuffington Post “Best Children’s Picture Books of 2009” (.)

Van Camp’s winsome text about a boy’s spirited imagination is propelled by Agnew’s dynamic illustrations...Young boys and space adventurers will adore this captivating, exuberant and contagious tale. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

With dashing visuals that capture Harry’s deep space adventure with verve to spare, and a comforting resolution, [HARRY AND HORSIE} has potential to become a bedtime favorite. (Booklist)

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Excellent story and illustrations.
Ethan's mama
He usually wants it read twice, and then must have his "horsie" to sleep with.
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The art is fabulous and the story is exciting and endearing.
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Format: Hardcover
Harry and his favorite stuffie, Horsie, were cuddled up together in bed, but both of them were wide eyed and awake because moonlight was shining through the window. Harry's "Super Duper Bubble Blooper" was just calling him from the shelf. He cautiously lay down on his belly and put one foot down on the floor and told Horsie to come along with him. They tiptoed across the room and Harry, with a grin on his face, looked up to the shelf. The two of them piled some toys up and soon the "BLOOP BLOOP BLOOP" bubbler was theirs. It wasn't long before bubbles began to float around the room.

BLOOP! One bubble caught his toy train and it quickly floated out the window toward Les Fleurs de Regine. His shoes, his robots, cars, planes and trains began to head to the sky. Next thing you know a horrifying thing happened . . . one of the bubbles took Horsie and "carried him up and away." Harry quickly donned a superhero outfit, his helmet and goggles and boarded his rocket ship to find him. Harry raced past Venus and Mars. No Horsie. He didn't turn up on Saturn, but "he did find his cars." Off to the Milky Way, but no Horsie. Was he ever going to find his best friend or was he going to travel the universe forever in search of him?

This out of this world charming space adventure will delight your imaginative youngster. I smiled at Harry's best friend, Horsie because in this house there was no going out anywhere without a best friend. Any stuffie, blankie or binkie afficionado will be able to relate to Horsie. I loved the way the artist captured Harry's little leg reaching its way to the floor. The retro-comic artwork with its colorful, but slightly darkened nighttime overtones, was very complimentary to this space adventure. This is one of those timeless bedtime stories that will not only capture your child's imagination, but probably will spark a few memories for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MamaLoves on May 31, 2011
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My boys and girls alike love this book. The illustrations are brilliant, and the story line is so sweet. Harry loses Horsie when a bubble carries him away into space, so Harry takes his rocket ship and chases after him. It is a regular in our bedtime story rotation around here.
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Sometimes you yearn for the good old days when adventures could be had without leaving your room and your best stuffed pal would always be by your side even to the far reaches of the universe. This is a beautiful book that any parent and child can enjoy together. The tale is simple and the art is beautiful. It's fun to read - just try saying the word "Bloop" and see if you don't grin. The picture of Harry as he sets of to rescue his beloved Horsie is great; it's sure to stir the heart of any small boy who ever imagined himself captain of his own space mission. I really enjoyed the retro look, but it's the story itself that stirs the imagination. It's just the right length for sharing with even your youngest pre-schooler. Blow a few bubbles(or fire up the bubble machine)to go with it in group storytime and you are ready for big fun!
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I absolutely love this book. I bought it this summer for my 3 year-old and we have read it almost every night for 5 straight months. He usually wants it read twice, and then must have his "horsie" to sleep with. The story is wonderfully simple and fun to read aloud. The illustrations are retro and fabulous. I am a mom of 7 (six boys and one girl) and an artist who would love to be a children book's illustrator one day, so to say this is my new favorite children's book is really saying something. I love it and would recommend it to anyone. (The name of the reviewer says Aaron, but this is his wife Laurie reviewing this book. )
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By M. R. Nelson on January 30, 2010
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I picked this up on the way home from work yesterday for my 4-year-old. He loved it. He is getting the point where he can start to read, and we read it together.

It is short enough that he did not get tired of it before the end (unlike some wordier children books).

I would love to see more from this write/ artist duo.

I would recommend it to anyone.
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By J. L. Ware on May 2, 2014
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You can just see Harry... the real one... coming thru these pages. He must have been a hand full. Thanks for making such a great story for me to introduce my son to the world of books.
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By Anja R. on December 17, 2013
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Really cute illustrations. My son really loves the story about Harry and Horsie - he thinks the book is about him!
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By A. Hamilton on October 15, 2013
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I had a coworker and friend recommend this book for my 3 year old as a good bed time story. She loves it. The illustrations are excellent.
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