Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Harry Miller's Run by David Almond & illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino [Review & Giveaway - USA/CANADA]

ISBN: 978-1406362244
Ages 7 - 9
My thoughts: This is an incredibly touching story written with lovely flowing words that ring true to the time, location, and era of the tale. The story is of an older man who recalls his youth and his running. But as important as the recollection of an older man is, the respect showN to him by a younger generation and the respect for the elderly it will instill in young readers is truly wonderful.

The story resonates with wonder as the joy of the older man is recalled and captures the attention and imagination of the young boy, proving that interests and goals span the generations helping young Liam see that going to help Harry proves beneficial for both Harry and Liam.

I strongly encourage adults to find ways in which their young children can engage the senior population learning their stories and finding things they can do to help the aging population. This story shows a way the generations can benefit from each other and also is a powerful story.

About the book: "That's reet, lad! Run! There's a wolf at your tail! Run for your lovely life!" A joyful, uplifting story of times gone by, from the internationally acclaimed author of Skellig. A joyful, uplifting story of times gone by from the internationally acclaimed author of Skellig, illustrated in full colour by the award-winning illustrator of A Walk in London. Liam just wants to go out running with his mates - it's not long till the Junior Great North Run, and there's training to be done. But Mam needs him today, to help old Harry clear out his house. Harry knows a thing or two about running. When he was a lad, he says, he ran all the way from Newcastle to South Shields. "But Harry," says Mam, "that's thirteen miles!" Harry grins. "Different times," he says. This is the story of that day: of sweltering heat, clattering boots, briny sea air and the heavenly taste of ice cream; the day when Harry and his pals ran and ran and ran through the blazing sunlight all the way to the sea.

GIVEAWAY - 2 Winners

Begins April 19
Ends May 11 @ 12;01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA & CANADA addresses
No P.O.Boxes
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Candlewick Press to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and are freely given. Winner's copy is provided directly to them by Candlewick.


  1. (1) One other picture book you would like to have - Things to Do with Dad
    (2) One picture book you would like reviewed here on Chat With Vera - Cody and the Rules of Life

  2. I instill respect for those by doing it myself. I am their biggest teacher by my actions. We also talk about it.

  3. I hope children would have respect as a result of general good upbringing, but it seems unlikely. Kids have no perspective.

    I would like to have "Cora and the Crocodile."

    "Little Wolf's First Howling" and "The Treasure Box" both look worth a look!

  4. I would like "Between Two Skies" reviewed and The Princess and the Crocodile I would like to win.

  5. I instill respect by being respectful myself. They've also visited with the elderly.

  6. Other picture book I'd like...."The Treasure Box"
    Picture book I'd like reviewed...."Things to Do with Dad"

  7. My son's grandmothers are a big part of his life. He is learning a lot from them and that builds up respect and love.

  8. I would also like to have Home by Caron Ellis and would like to see King of the Sky by Nicola Davies reviewed.

  9. i teach them since they were little kids that they need 2 respect their elders

  10. i would like to win
    Things to Do with Dad.
    Little Wolf's First Howling would be a great book to get reviewed

  11. I love the premise of this story! Thanks for linking up at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!


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