Book review – Harry and Hopper By Margaret Wild, illustrated by Freya Blackwood

Harry and Hopper are more than just a boy and his dog. They are companions, playmates and curl up together to sleep after a long day’s adventures.

When Hopper dies, Harry finds it hard to adjust until one night … This is a beautiful and sensitive book that explores the grief of a young child losing a beloved pet without mawkishness and sentimentality.

The illustrations throughout are breathtaking yet simple, vividly capturing the movements of Hopper as a rambunctious puppy one moment to emphasising the space he leaves behind in Harry’s life within a few pages. Handkerchiefs advised!

Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2010.

Find a copy of Harry and Hopper in your library.

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