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Authored by Catherine Bailey
Illustrated by Sarita Rich
Unwrapping some illustrations for you...
About the book...
Harry lives in a world of No's: No you can't wear your pyjamas at the park, No toys in the toaster, NO to everything and he is fed up with that word. He thinks there was nothing he can do right. Then one day while listening to the t.v. the announcer booms in a loud voice...
"Hypnosis - how to get everything you ever wanted?"
Really? Could that possibly be true? Harry's ears pick up...
"Hypnosis puts people in a trance so you control their every move."
Bingo!!! Harry digs around the house and finds his grandfather's old watch and it's game on!!!
After practicing on the family cat, the family dog, even the kid next door, Harry is ready for the big test... his parents!! Bingo again!! It works. Success brings a huge smile to his face.
Harry immediately orders up cupcakes and a side of bacon for dinner, comic books by the crate, a huge drum to bang on, he throws out the nasty old broccoli and fires the babysitter. Oh trust me he doesn't stop there. He is just getting started. The sky is the limit and he almost touches the sky when the firecrackers he sticks into a cake and ignites explode right in front of him. He's in shenanigan heaven. Oh my!
At the park his friends are whisked away from the wild, out-of-control boy by their parents but does Harry care? No way... he is free as a bird and can do and get anything he wants. Yahoo!!! What will he think of next?
Life for Harry is over-the-top grand until one day using his best Ninja moves at the park he precipitates a near accident which causes Harry to wonder is it worth having every wish granted and come true? Is it really making him happy and all that it's cracked up to be? Mmmmmmm! Maybe his parents are saying No to him not to be mean and restrictive but because they care about his safety, about him evolving into a lovely mannered young man, and most of all because they love him so much.
This delightful book will have kids giggling at Harry's wild antics and will teach them the real meaning of the word No. The truth does set you free. The illustrations are perfect. They are full of action, emotion and capture the text spot on. They include so many details that your child will love going back to browse through them again and again. I highly recommend this book. I am very sure it is a winner and worthy of adding to your picture book collection.
About the author...
Catherine Bailey is a children's author from sunny Florida. When Catherine is not writing, or editing, or swatting at mosquitos, she looks after her husband and two children. All three of them are quite sticky, and none like bedtime, but she loves them anyway. Her prior job titles include Lawyer (interesting), Sailboat Deckhand (fun but occasionally sea-sicky), and Cartoon Network Intern (best-est job ever, besides writing). Her hobbies include reading, 80's movies, and travel. But mostly reading.
About the illustrator...
Hi, it's nice to meet you! Growing up in rural northern Alaska, I spent lots of days snowed in, decorating the living room walls with Pollock-esque compositions in purple crayons.
I loved art but studied English teaching first, and taught middle school language arts for several years before I moved to Rhode Island. I rediscovered paintbrushes as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design.
One day, I want to ride in a hot air balloon and have two cats named Bodoni and Didot, but I'd also settle for a red panda. I live in Connecticut with my lively little daughter and my marvelous husband. Occasionally she sleeps and he does laundry so I can draw and write.
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