Harry Miller’s Run by David Almond


Harry Miller’s Run by David Almond, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino (9780763689759)

Developed from the short story that appeared in Half a Creature from the Sea, this children’s fiction version is illustrated in full color. Liam wants to be out with his friends practicing for the upcoming Junior Great North Run, but his mother wants him to come to help Harry clear out his home. As they visit with Harry, he shares the story of his own run as a boy when he and some friends ran from their town all the way to the sea. It’s a story of friendship, shared experience, a hot sunny day, and the wonder of ice cream at the end.

I enjoyed this short story immensely in the original short story collection and was very pleased to discover it again in this illustrated format. The story is immensely fun, beginning with the mistake of how far the boys were actually going to run and then their determination to finish anyway. Framed by the story of Harry as an old man telling the tale and Liam listening, the story within a story shines with the brightness of a summer day against the more somber tones of aging.

Rubbino’s illustrations make this version of the story accessible for younger audiences who will appreciate the text being broken up by bright-colored images. The illustrations reflect the story with the modern illustrations done in blacks and grays with a pop of blue provided by Harry’s cap. The illustrations for Harry’s memories suddenly turn into full color with Harry still in the same blue cap.

A lovely new version that makes this story available to more people, this is a winner. Appropriate for ages 7-9.

Reviewed from library copy.

2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners

The winners of the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award have been announced. The award is given to an outstanding new writer and new illustrator each year. Three honor books were also selected this year. In order to be eligible, authors and illustrators can have had no more than three books previously published.

Here are the winners:


A Piece of Home

A Piece of Home by Jeri Watts, illustrated by Hyewon Yum



Daniel Finds a Poem Cover

Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer



Excellent Ed Cover The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head Cover

Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty (NEW WRITER HONOR)

The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head by Daisy Hirst (NEW ILLUSTRATOR HONOR)

The Journey Cover

The Journey by Francesca Sanna (NEW WRITER HONOR)