Harry and Walter

illus. by Qin Leng. 32p. Annick. Mar. 2016. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781554518029.
PreS-Gr 1—Harry and Walter live next door to each other and are best buds. They play croquet, garden tomatoes, jump in autumn leaves, and make paper airplanes. The only unusual aspect of their friendship is that Harry is four and Walter is 92. When Harry has to move away, he is heartbroken and lonely in his new house without his pal. Luckily, two years later Walter moves into an apartment building up the street and the pair resume their friendship. Leng's airy cartoony illustrations are slightly reminiscent of James Stevenson's, their dynamic black outlines deftly capturing the gamut of emotions of the duo's bond.
VERDICT A sweet and tender story that shows age difference is no detriment to true friendship. A good choice to share with a small group or for one-on-one enjoyment.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing