Luke : On the Loose

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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 more

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  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 34 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 12.7mm | 204.12g
  • Raw Junior Llc
  • Toon Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • chiefly col. Illustrations
  • 1935179004
  • 9781935179009
  • 506,604

About Harry Bliss

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 Award-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 more

Review Text

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)show more

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281 ratings
3.36 out of 5 stars
5 17% (47)
4 28% (78)
3 36% (101)
2 15% (41)
1 5% (14)
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