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Harry & Hopper - Margaret Wild

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When Harry's beloved dog Hopper dies, he has a hard time letting go, as Harry sees Hopper still in his life. Are Hopper's visits to Harry the boy's imagination, or is the dog truly leaving Harry gradually, once he makes sure his boy will be all right?

Eyes will not stay dry as readers experience this beautifully written, gently illustrated story about losing a dear pet.


Sad but a beautiful read.


I purchased this book after a dog passed away unexpectedly. It helped us discuss it and it let us have a much needed cry as the situation in this story was very similar to ours. I did have it on the to be read pile before then because we are big fans of Margaret Wild.


Harry & Hopper

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"A bittersweet picture book about loss...The subject makes this an atypical bedtime read, but there will be comfort in it for any child who has lost someone he loves." --Wall Street Journal

"When so many picture books about grief aim squarely at bibliotherapy, Harry & Hopper reaches past the platitudes, sharing something essential about sadness and healing."--Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

"Wild's (Puffling) understated, empathic prose offers both a voice for a child unable to articulate his grief and the reassurance that those we love never really disappear. Blackwood's (Ivy Loves to Give) predominantly charcoal drawings are equally eloquent, particularly in her use of texture to capture the emotional essence of good and sad times. These days, her gift for portraying children navigating the turbulence of life feels especially necessary." --Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"Tasteful, affecting and never maudlin." --Kirkus Reviews

"Wild is no stranger to challenging picture book topics, and here she both evokes unflinchingly and treats respectfully the emotions of a grieving child." --Horn Book Magazine

Margaret Wild

Margaret Wild was born in South Africa and came to Australia in 1972. She has been a journalist on newspapers and magazines, and she worked as a book editor in children's publishing for sixteen years, responsible for managing and commissioning a large range of titles. She lives in Sydney and now writes fulltime.

Margaret has written more than 70 books for children. Her books are published around the world and have won numerous awards.

Her books for Allen & Unwin include the two teenage novels, 'Jinx' and 'One Night', and most recently the picture book 'Ruby Roars'.

Margaret Wild has written more than seventy books and has been published around the world. Her numerous awards and distinctions include the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award for Jenny Angel, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas; The Very Best of Friends, illustrated by Julie Vivas; and Fox, illustrated by Ron Brooks. In 2008 she received the Nan Chauncy Award for an outstanding contribution to children’s literature in Australia. A Bit of Company and Going Home, illustrated by Wayne Harris, were published in 2009 by Walker Books Australia as part of the Walker Classic series. Margaret Wild was the winner of the 2011 Lady Cutler Award.

Vampyre is a finalist in the 2012 Aurealis Awards in the CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through pictures) category.

Visit Margaret Wild's Booktopia Author Page

ISBN: 9780312642617
ISBN-10: 031264261X
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3 - 8 years old
For Grades: PS - 3
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 18th January 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 26.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.4