This is a charming story about one really bad monster who learns to change his ways. Written originally in French, and illustrated with delightfully ghoulish paintings by the Québecois artist known simply as Rogé, Taming Horrible Harry is a wonderful tale about the power of stories.
At the gates of a beautiful forest, Harry the monster lies in wait. One day, as monsters are wont to do, he frightens a little girl, who runs away leaving behind a peculiar object. Harry picks it up, turns it over, bites it … spits it out, and throws it down in a fury! He wonders what kind of a thing he has found. As it turns out, the object is a book … and one way or another, Harry learns to read it, and his life is changed forever.
This delightful story will enchant both young readers and their parents, teachers, and librarians, as they discover together, the magic of reading.
About Lili Chartrand
Lili Chartrand trained formally as an artist, and then worked for several years in film animation. Passionate about reading, she discovered that writing children’s books allowed her to combine many of the things she loves to work with most: words, images, and color. Writing children’s books lets her enter a world that is full of magic. Lili is the author of five books, the first of which, Malédiction, farces et attrapes!, was shortlisted for the Prix Hackmatack.
About Susan Ouriou
Susan Ouriou is a Calgary-based novelist, interpreter, and translator of fiction. One of her greatest pleasures is sharing with English readers, young and old, the stories she loves in French and Spanish. A runner-up for the John Glassco Translation Prize for The Thirteenth Summer and two-time finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Translation for The Road to Chlifa and Necessary Betrayals, she has some twenty translations to her credit as well as her own novel Damselfish. Currently, Ouriou is busy writing her second novel.
Praise for Taming Horrible Harry:
“The talent and imagination the pair [Lili Chartrand and Roge] let loose are about as magical as magic gets.”
—Time Out New York
“Roge’s splashy artwork includes plenty of grinning monsters with varying numbers of eyes and heads, plates and jars full of monster eyeballs, and enough monster details to beguile the picture-book crowd.”
“The art is the strong point in this story that promotes literacy…. The pictures have that ghastly but humorous quality so enjoyed by children…. Sharp teeth, eyeballs, and two-headed creatures abound. Children will find Harry a delight.”
—School Library Journal
“For any parent keen to make a lifelong reader of their child... a delightful story…. Children... will be captivated by the sight of the many-eyed monsters...”
—The National Post