Review: Bailey by Harry Bliss
By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: August 29, 2011
By Harry Bliss
Reading level: Ages 3-7
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 1, 2011)
It’s no ordinary school day when Bailey the dog is around. From choosing what to wear, to the school bus ride home, all of the school day staples are covered with hilarity. Using watercolor and ink, simple lines and curves give Harry Bliss’ character, Bailey, definition and persona—the bags under the eye in the opening illustration when Bailey is awoken by the early bird are priceless. Thought bubbles splatter the pages and add comedy to the crisp story-line—alas, it’s a truthful confession, the dog really did eat his own homework. Bailey by Harry Bliss is a great choice for a preschool or kindergarten back-to-school read, or even a mid-year read when the days need a little pick-me-up.
About the author/illustrator: HARRY BLISS is a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker magazine. His first book, A FINE, FINE SCHOOL by Newbery-award winning author, Sharon Creech, was a New York Times bestseller. He went on to illustrate many other books, including WHICH WOULD YOU RATHER BE, by William Steig; COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN by Alison McGhee, and DIARY OF A WORM by Doreen Cronin, a #1 New York Times bestseller as well as ADVENTURES OF A CHICKEN by Kate DiCamillo. Harry lives in South Burlington, Vermont.
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