Monday, February 1, 2016

Harry and Walter - a bookwrap







Unwrapping...








Authored by Kathy Stinson

Illustrated by Qin Leng



Unwrapping some illustrations that I adore...











































My take on the book...



This was a love-at-first sight book for me.  It is such a wonderful story to read and to share.  It will delight hearts of both the young and the old.


Harry is four and three-quarters and his neighbour is ninety-two and a half.  Guess what?  They are best of friends. They love to spend quality time together and enjoy each other's company very much.  They mow the lawn together, play games and figure out puzzles, draw and configure paper airplanes, eat juicy tomatoes right out of Walter's garden, and even the winter snow does not separate them.  Together they build a snowman then cozy up indoors all wrapped up in blankets with a mug of hot chocolate to thaw out.


Then one day the unthinkable happens... a for sale sign goes up on Harry's lawn... yes he is moving away from his best friend.  Both are so upset they cannot even say goodbye to each other.



Harry's new house is big and rambling and extremely lonely.  He misses Walter terribly. His life has a huge void in it without his friend to share it with.  Then one day the unthinkable happens again....oh I won't spoil it for you, but your heart will smile BIG at the amazing turn of events changing Harry's (and Walter's world) into a very, very happy place once again. This cross-generational story will be a blessing to read at every age level. 



The illustrations are just downright charming.  The actions depicted, the emotions displayed and the style enrich the text perfectly.  This is one book I just wanted to hug, and to tell the truth not share... because I wanted to keep it all to myself.   Truly a treasure to unwrap and enjoy.






About the author...







Kathy Stinson grew up in Toronto, sorted mail, taught school and waited tables before figuring out, while at home with her two children, that what she really wanted to do was write. In the years since, she has published more than 30 titles – picture books, young adult novels, historical fiction, short stories, biography, and other non-fiction. She’s proud of the fact that many of her books have attracted award nominations and in 2014 The Man with the Violin actually won the TD Children’s Literature Award! Mother, stepmother, and grandmother, Kathy currently lives in Rockwood, Ontario with her partner, Peter Carver and their doodle, Keisha.



About the illustrator...





Born in Shanghai, Qin Leng now lives in Toronto where she works as a designer and background artist on feature films and television series, as well as a freelance illustrator.





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