Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Reading Journal April 27, 2011

Harry and Hopper

By Margaret Wild

Illus. by Freya Blackwood

Feiwel & Friends, New York, 2011 first US edition

Copyright 2009 (Australia)

Illustrations are laserprint on watercolor paper with watercolor, gouache, & charcoal.

Book design by Freya Blackwood

Typeset in Caslon

32 pp not counting end papers

Gorgeous illustrations with flawless touch—sketchy charcoal and a warm, limited palette of ochres, reds, oranges, grays, blues & judicious use of green and white.

The text is very direct—almost no waste words. Good handling of passage of time. Conversational tone—“And every evening….” “But one afternoon…” Plus careful use of incomplete sentences.

Warm, comforting, and sad story of losing a dog. Only characters are the dog, the boy, and the dad.

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