Saturday, October 8, 2011

Weekend Review: Bailey by Harry Bliss

In Bailey by Harry Bliss, a dog named Bailey attends school at Champlain Elementary. Every day, he rushes to the bus and spends the day entertaining his fellow human students. He partakes in the normal school day functions. His best subjects are math and lunch. He gives reports, attends art class, and howls along in music. Along the way, however, he throws in some dog-like behavior. His attention is easily diverted by squirrels. He rides with his head out the bus window. He even eats his own homework! Bailey is a hilarious tale that will grab the attention of preschoolers through early elementary students. In fact, there is a lot of humor that adults will like too.
Bailey could be a great way to introduce the text structure of graphic novels. Each page is written with a simple one or two lines of text. The humor, however, is often in  the "side" conversations.
 This book could also be a fun way to compare and contrast appropriate school behavior for dogs as well as appropriate school behavior for humans.I sense a writing extension!
Bailey is also just a fun book to read aloud with your favorite funny kid! Here are my two favorite funny kids!

They like to hear the story over and over and over and over and over... well, you get the picture!

Check out the
Book Trailer

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Ps. I won this book in a giveaway on The Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile. I wasn't required to post a review. I loved the book and wanted to share it with you!


  1. Looks like a cute book (I never heard of it before).

  2. Sounds awesome. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

  3. This looks cute and my 2 year old really likes books about school for some reason. I think it's because they usually contain a picture of a school bus somewhere. :)

  4. That looks like a very cute story!

  5. I love books that cater to an an adult's sense of humour as well as a child's. Great review, Jackie!

  6. This does look like a good book. It looks like a fun read aloud. My kids like graphic novels to read themselves. Somehow the comic format makes them more appealing. The book trailer was a nice addition!

  7. Thanks for linking up at Feed Me Books Friday. My son has been eager to get his hands on some of the graphic novel style books, and it's hard to find appropriate content for younger kids.

  8. This sounds like a really cute book. I love the idea of contrasting and comparing.