When a boy named Harry
sneaks out of bed one night
with his best friend, Horsie,
to play with his Super Duper Bubble Blooper
an out-of-this-world adventure begins!
Illustrated with retro-comic art, this is a charming story about the power of friendship and imagination from a talented new team.
About the Author
Katie Van Camp is a former dancer who, at the age of eighteen, moved to Shanghai, China, to open a ballet school and teach kindergarten. A few years later she headed to New York to work as an au pair for a little boy named Harry (and his best friend, Horsie), who inspired her to write both Cookiebot! and her first picture book, Harry and Horsie. Katie is now back in Asia, writing and teaching. She currently calls Tokyo home.
Lincoln Agnew once tried to build his own robot out of a plastic bucket, a broken microwave, and "technology," but sadly its abilities were limited to catching fire. Years later, after giving up on world domination, he attended the Alberta College of Art and Design, where he obtained degrees in both illustration and photography. Lincoln made his debut as a picture book illustrator with Harry and Horsie, for which he won the 2009 Society of Illustrators "The Original Art" Founder's Award as well as the Marion Vannett Ridgway Award. He is currently rebuilding that robot.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Here we have the promise of some truly bold retro graphics marred by a weak text with the faint whiff of celebrity, second-hand by-association celebrity at that.Late at night, while she should be sleeping, Harry sneaks out of bed and grabs his Bubble Blooper down, a 50s space gun that shoots large bloopy bubbles. The bubble are large an sturdy enough to pick up toys from Harry's room and send them airborne. But when a bubble takes Harry's stuffed Horsie it's superhero Harry on his rocket into deep space for a rescue.The star here isn't Harry but the art, that look like a cross between block prints four-color offset comics. Seriously, if I could, there are a few pages in here I'd love to own prints of and have framed. They certainly don't suffer from a lack of 264 digital color process, with bold blue-black outlines and deft use of spot color.The story? Eh.Van Camp holds the distinction of being the former nanny of a boy named Harry who really does have a Horsie and happens to be the son of Late Night impresario David Letterman. Yeah, that's the second-hand celebrity connection. The story itself is fairly light ¿ typical hero-to-the-rescue night-journey stuff ¿ with no real peril, no real growth involved. It isn't necessarily a bad story, but the art is much stronger that the text and that only highlights the disparity.
"Harry and Horsie" is an adventurous tale of a little boy and his best friend. One night, Harry can't sleep so he begins playing with his bubble gun. The bubbles begin to envelop items in his room and carry them out the window into space. While Harry is having fun blowing the bubbles, he doesn't notice that his best friend, Horsie, has been taken into space as well. Now Harry must venture into space to save Horsie.The illustrations is the book are outstanding! Drawn in a very retro/comic book style, the illustrations take the reader along on Harry's journey. I was really surprised by the illustrations because it was not at all what I was expecting. The illustrations are fun and adventurous, just like the story, and they help carry out the idea that Harry is a superhero who is going to save Horsie. There are some double-page spreads, single-page spreads, and some pages that contain four boxes, with four different pictures. The colors also mimic a very retro style with a lot of blue, red, black, and white.