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Oh, Harry!
by Maxine Kumin and Barry Moser


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Harry isn't the most handsome or graceful horse in the barn, but he has a knack for calming even the most excitable filly. All's well until the arrival of six-year-old Algernon Adams the Third--a boy with a talent for mayhem. When Algernon finds himself in a pinch, will reliably helpful Harry come to his rescue or go back to sleep and let the little terror figure his own way out of a sticky situation?  Read more...


 
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More About Oh, Harry! by Maxine Kumin; Barry Moser
 
 
 
Overview

Harry isn't the most handsome or graceful horse in the barn, but he has a knack for calming even the most excitable filly. All's well until the arrival of six-year-old Algernon Adams the Third--a boy with a talent for mayhem. When Algernon finds himself in a pinch, will reliably helpful Harry come to his rescue or go back to sleep and let the little terror figure his own way out of a sticky situation?

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781596434394
  • ISBN-10: 1596434392
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publish Date: June 2011
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 11.34 x 8.87 x 0.37 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.88 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Bullying
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Manners & Etiquette
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Horses

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-04-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

Harry the horse is not a looker ("His ears were long and his neck was short"), he's mischievous and dexterous, and he has a knack for calming the show horses that share the barn with him. All runs smoothly until Algernon Adams the Third, "at the age of six,/ Arrived with his bag of horrendous tricks." The boy sasses the trainer and spooks the horses before getting himself trapped in a grain bin, which Harry (eventually) unlocks, bringing about a turnaround in Algernon's behavior. Mixing naturalism, anthropomorphism, and slapstick comedy, this story, like Harry, is a bit unusual itself. Kumin's (Mites to Mastodons) verse has a variable cadence, and in places the language seems forced for the sake of the rhyme ("He climbed to the hayloft with an umbrella/ Till the trainer ordered, ‘Get down young fella!' "). Moser's (Once Upon a Twice) watercolors imbue Harry with plenty of attitude, playing up his homeliness in unflattering "camera" angles, and even having him pull faces for readers, to garish but humorous effect—when Harry "smile a smile" after Algernon gets trapped, it ain't pretty. Ages 4–8. (June)

 
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