So thrilled to be featuring another book by author/illustrator Chris Robertson (you know… that guy who wrote “My Yellow Umbrella” – a book I thought was fantastic!). This book is NEWLY-RELEASED (July 15, 2014), so go on over to Amazon to grab your copy NOW!
Title: Harry and the Hot Lava | Author/Illustrator: Chris Robertson | Publication Date: July 15, 2014 | Publisher: Xist Publishing | Pages: 36 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 years | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)
Summary: Harry is a little boy with a big imagination. One day, a simple game of “don’t step on the hot lava” turns into an adventure he’ll never forget!
This children’s picture book features the iconic art of Chris Robertson and has fun simple text perfect for beginning readers and storytime.
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My Thoughts: When my brother and I were children, we used to put on the EP (google it if you don’t know what that is) of “These Boots Are Made For Walking” by Nancy Sinatra (yes, that would be Frank’s daughter) and when the chorus kicked in we had not be touching the ground (otherwise the boots would get us, right?). Now my kids play “lava games” where they have to avoid the hardwood floors and can only step on carpets or use the furniture to avoid stepping on the “lava”. This idea, (i.e., of avoiding getting injured or killed by stepping on the wrong thing), forms the premise of Harry and the Hot Lava.
Chris Robertson has written and illustrated a wonderfully whimsical picture book that has the main character, Harry, frantically attempting to avoid the hot lava which is flowing all over the floors in his house. We see Harry (inspired by the author’s own son, Benton) ducking into the bathtub, jumping onto a coffee table, trying to balance on one unaffected tile in the kitchen, and cowering on the top bunk of a bunkbed trying to escape the dangerous red-hot liquid. Phew! Even I was nervous for the little boy in the story (don’t worry, nobody gets harmed!)
The book features the amazing artistry of Chris Robinson who has most recently penned and illustrated the widely-acclaimed picture book My Yellow Umbrella. In his distinctive style, Robertson has us leaping, ducking, and carefully avoiding “the hottest most dangerous liquid known to man” along with Harry. FANTASTIC ILLUSTRATIONS! As an extra delight, the author even makes a cameo appearance in the book at the very end.
My Bottom Line: Harry and the Hot Lava is a wonderfully-illustrated and highly imaginative journey into the mind of Harry, a young boy playing “don’t step in the lava” – a timeless game with many variations, gleefully played by children all over the world. I highly recommend this clever book to children ages 3 to 8 and encourage parents to feed their own imaginations and join their kids in a game of
don’t get crushed by Nancy Sinatra’s boots “Don’t Step In The Lava!”
* This book was provided to me by the author free-of-charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. *