Acclaimed Artist Harry Bliss Makes Debut
as Comic Book Author
LUKE ON THE LOOSE
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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