Apr 25

Review: Harry & Hopper by Margaret Wild

I received this book for free from ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Harry & Hopper by Margaret WildHarry and Hopper by Margaret Wild
Published by Omnibus on 2009
Genres: fiction, picture book
Pages: 32
Source: ARC received from publisher

When the puppy came to live with Harry and Dad, he was as jumpy as a grasshopper. So that's what Harry called him. Hopper. Harry and Hopper do everything together. Hopper helps Harry with his homework and Harry helps Hopper escape from his weekly bath. At night, Hopper sneaks past Dad and goes to sleep in Harry's bed. One day, Harry comes home from school and his dog isn't there to greet him. Harry will never know the feel or the smell of Hopper again. But love is strong, and Hopper will stay with Harry as long as he needs him . . .

Harry & Hopper  is a touching and beautifully illustrated story about a young boy and his dog.

Harry and Hopper have been inseparable since Hopper arrived as a jumpy young puppy. Harry even sneaks Hopper inside each night to sleep on his bed.

When Harry comes home from school and is told by his father that Hopper died in an accident, he is scared and confused. He doesn’t want to acknowledge that Hopper is gone and sleeps on the couch instead of going to his bed. At night, he dreams that Hopper is with him until gradually even the dreams fade and Harry is finally able to say goodbye.

While this book isn’t necessarily one that I would find myself reading regularly with my children, it is a beautifully told story ideal for helping children to understand the process of grieving and perhaps helping them to open up if they are struggling to deal with the loss of a loved pet themselves.

Freya Blackwood’s illustrations are lovely and convey a real sense of movement, particularly for Hopper as a puppy. They compliment the style and mood of the book beautifully.

This book is certainly one I would recommend for parents of young children looking for ways to start discussions with their child about death and grieving.

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1 comment

  1. DocDelete

    Blimey. Just read this before bedtime accidentally. Don’t know who blubbed the most, me or my 5 year old boy. Usually manage to keep a lid on it. No chance with this story!

    One to talk about in the cool light of day methinks. Consider me a bad Dad for poor timing 😉

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