Acclaimed Artist Harry Bliss Makes Debut  
as Comic Book Author

by Harry Bliss

(RAW Junior/TOON Books, April 6, 2009, ISBN 978-1-935179-00-9, $12.95)
A little boy goes on a hilarious solo flight through New York City
in a breakthrough comic book by bestselling cartoonist Harry Bliss.
Luke looks on at the pigeons in Central Park, while Dad is lost
in “boring Daddy talk,” and before you know it—Luke is on the
Loose! This soaring story is sure to delight any young reader who
has ever felt cooped up.
Harry Bliss is a beloved New Yorker cartoonist and cover artist as
well as the illustrator of numerous bestselling children’s books,
including Doreen Cronin’s Diary of a Worm and Which Would You
Rather Be? by Caldecott Medal-winner William Steig. His newest
book for young readers is Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken by
Newbery Medal-winner Kate DiCamillo. This is his first comic
book. Harry grew up in upstate New York in a family of artists and
illustrators. He currently resides in Northern Vermont with his son and their puppy Penny, who has
yet to catch her first squirrel.
TOON Books’ Editorial Director Françoise Mouly (who is also Art Editor of The New Yorker) and Advisor Art
Spiegelman (author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning MAUS) launched their new line of comics for young readers in
Spring ‘08 to overwhelming praise. “Lovingly produced and winsomely written,” said Time Out New York Kids. Vetted
by educators and librarians, the books are now used in K-2 classrooms throughout Maryland as part of the Comics
in the Classroom initiative. They are also some of the first comics used in schools as part of Renaissance Learning’s
Accelerated Reader program and Scholastic Reading Counts. The collection is a breakthrough in books for early readers.
Each title promises to be an instant classic, and to usher new generations of young children into a lifelong love of
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Press about Louise

Luke On the Loose!


Harry Bliss' first debut comic for kids is almost here.

L.A. Times loves 'Louise'!

This just in: Another starred review for Louise -- from School Library Journal!

*DICAMILLO, Kate. Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken.
illus. by Harry Bliss.

unpaged. HarperCollins/Joanna Cotler Bks. 2008. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-075554-6; PLB $18.89. ISBN 978-0-06-075555-3. LC number unavailable.PreS-Gr 2–

A picture book in four chapters in which a thrill-seeking chicken repeatedly leaves the warm security of her henhouse seeking excitement. She is captured by hungry pirates, survives a sinking ship, joins the circus, narrowly escapes a lion, is caged with other chickens, picks the lock with her beak, and liberates her fellow captives. Back home in her barnyard, Louise enthralls her sister chickens with the story of her grand exploits, until all fall asleep tucked safely in their henhouse, having felt the vicarious frisson of adventure. In the nicely patterned telling, DiCamillo ends each of Louise’s escapades with an old hen asking her where she has been. “Oh, here and there,” is Louise’s casual answer. Each new chapter begins with the bold brooder still eager to embark anew. Bliss’s illustrations depict the settings of Louise’s capers in vague antique worlds with various backdrops and in various eras. On every spread, Louise’s bright white feathers and brilliant red cockscomb will stand out and draw the eyes of young readers. Smart choices in book design allow for an oversize book that suits its larger-than-life heroine, and vertical spreads that capture Louise’s circus high-wire walk to maximum visual effect. This is a jolly metaphor for the stages of childhood in which young children long for short-lived independence and exploration always within the reassuring bounds of a secure home and family.–Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich, CT

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