Harry Miller’s Run

Written by David Almond, Illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino

Harry Miller’s Run feels like a true story. I don’t know if any of it is based on fact, but it is a sweet story. I enjoyed the interaction between the boy Liam, his Mom, and the old man Harry. I appreciated the respect and kindness they show to Harry who is now old and feeble. As they explore Harry’s life through pictures and papers they find they come upon an amazing story of determination, grit, and fun. Though this is a picture book, the language Almond uses would be easier for older children to relate to. The story of his run is fascinating but he uses some British phrasing that may be more difficult for younger children to understand. Rubbino’s illustrations are interesting and tie in well with the story. I would recommend this for upper elementary to junior high students.

Review by Leslie Benson, Diamond Ridge Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★½✩ (3.5 stars)
Interest Level: 5th-8th Grade

Harry Miller’s Run
Written by David Almond, Illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino
Candlewick Press
60 pages
Release Date: February 7, 2017 (USA Illustrated Edition)
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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