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Friday 26 May 2017

Review: Harvey the Hero

Harvey the Hero is a sweet book without the oft-annoying didactic overtones that come with this sort of story.

I admit, when I first started reading the book I expected the conclusion to be the cliched "He was a hero after all..." sort we've all come across.

Happily, I was proven wrong. Harvey could best be described as a hapless hero perhaps.

He does save the day, but purely by chance, coincidence and mistake -- which means this story is a fun read for the sake of fun. My preferred sort of book for kiddos!

I always give credit to author/illustrators, and can only imagine having the talent to create worlds out of both words and pictures.

That being said, I suppose I wish Bragadottir's illustrations were a little more obvious as I had to flip back and forth a few time to ensure I understood what was happening.

However, perhaps the fault lies with me and not so much Bragadottir, so I wouldn't take my word for it. Instead, I'd take the time to have a look at the accidental hero and his accidentally-action-filled day.

Oh, and I couldn't conclude this review without giving a quick shout out to the publisher, Nosy Crow. Nosy Crow have a consistently stellar eye for delicious stories.

One of my favourite publishers, they combine quality, story, quirkiness and unconventionality into a delicious narrative package. When you see their logo, do make sure to flip through whatever story you've come across. I've yet to be disappointed.

Title: Harvey the Hero
Author/Illustrator: Hrefna Bragadottir
Publisher: Noisy Crowe, $24.99
Publication Date: 26 April, 2017
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780857638878
For ages: 2 - 5
Type: Picture book