‘Harley Hound’ by Chris Jones and Becca Wain

My Review (5 stars out of 5)

Harley Hound has a problem – unlike other dogs, she can’t leap and jump and get into brawls, and her low-slung belly makes it really difficult to climb fences. Then one day, Harley sees something on the talking box machine that could make her into the hound she’s always dreamt of being. But things don’t go as planned…

This delightful story aimed at helping young children feel comfortable being themselves, is written by Chris Jones and illustrated by Becca Wain. Written in rhyme, the tale is a fun and easy read with imaginative illustrations that complement the story. We learn how Harley longs to be like her doggy friends, but how when she has the chance to change the way she is, she soon realises that maybe being something different can have the opposite effect to what she expected.

Harley Hound is based on the author’s real life basset hound – who of course is called Harley!

Author Bio

For as long as he can remember, Chris has had a huge passion for storytelling. When his son was a young boy, instead of reading bedtime stories, they would make up their own far-fetched tales around the fictional superhero Deadly Derek. In fact, this has remained his main Google account name ever since, which means that upon joining Zoom calls, his name appears as “Deadly Derek” – much to the amusement of his network.

So far in 2021, he has published three children’s rhyming picture books, with two more on the way. His stories combine humour with beautifully crafted rhyming verse that challenge young readers using subtle alliteration and powerful vocabulary.  He believes that children’s stories should have a positive moral without preaching or being overly serious. The result are joyous stories that will captivate and educate in equal measure.

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