Luke: On the Loose

Luke: On the Loose

Hardback Toon Books

By (author) Harry Bliss, By (artist) Harry Bliss

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  • Publisher: Toon Books
  • Format: Hardback | 34 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 13mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1935179004
  • ISBN 13: 9781935179009
  • Illustrations note: chiefly col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 353,372

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""[A] fun romp, a child's fantasy, and a great little easy-to-read comic that everyone can enjoy." "- Publishers Weekly 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! He's free as a bird, on a hilarious solo flight through New York City. Harry Bliss, the renowned illustrator of many bestselling children's books, finally goes on a solo flight on this own with a soaring story that will delight any young reader who has ever felt cooped up.

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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. He is also the illustrator of "Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken" by Newbery Award-winner Kate DiCamillo. This is his first comic book.

Editorial reviews

Leaving his oblivious father deep in "(boring dad talk)" with a passerby, little Luke scuttles off in pursuit of a flock of pigeons. The merry chase takes him out of the park, across streets, over the Brooklyn Bridge, up an apartment building's fire escape and, at last, onto the roof of a water tower where he decides to sack out. Relating the escapade in sequential panels featuring dialogue balloons, blurgits and other cartooning conventions (plus a cameo by Popeye's Olive Oyl), Bliss sends his brown-skinned ex-toddler speeding through and over scenes of urban chaos, until he is delivered at last by firefighters into the arms of his relieved parents. The next-day final scene is much like the first - except that the errant lad is held in check by a leash. Luke's ruckus seems low-key next to the general havoc wreaked in The Cat in the Hat, or more recently Jennifer Armstrong's Once Upon A Banana, illustrated by David Small (2006), but that will make it easier for fledgling readers and prereaders to follow his trail. Only figuratively, one hopes. (Graphic early reader. 5-7) (Kirkus Reviews)