Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bailey by Harry Bliss - Book Giveaway & Review

It's my daughter's first day of school and the school bus arrived late! Nothing like a late bus to add to the back-to-school first day jitters. I'm sure, despite the start, she'll have a great day at school. She's familiar with her school and already knows a few of her classmates. We spent the early part of the week reading some school themed books to help get back into the school mindset. One of her favorites is about a funny dog named Bailey. Bark-to-school?

Bailey by Harry Bliss. Scholastic (August 2011); ISBN 9780545233446; 32 pages

"Try not to lick anyone today." That's good advice for someone attending school, particularly if that someone is a dog. Harry Bliss' new book introduces young readers to Bailey, a cute dog that attends school with school children. Just like the regular kids, Bailey prepares for and spends an entire day at Champlain Elementary school. He picks out his apparel (a red dog collar), rides the bus (with his head out the window), shares some of his favorite things (garbage, YUCK!), and paints and sings with the best of them. He even gives an impressive report on Fala, Franklin D. Roosevelt's dog. Bailey fits in at school and the kids treat him as an equal, even though he ruins their kickball game and eats garbage at lunch.


Bliss' book is all about fun, nothing more, nothing less, and Bailey is an extremely likeable character. Any kid that has attended school will be able to identify with Bailey and will find a lot humor in the author's portrayal of an average school day. Bliss pulls from his comics background and uses speech balloons to accompany the easy-to read text, making the book perfect for beginning elementary readers. Preschool kids all the way up to early elementary age will enjoy reading about Bailey's day at school. Make sure to look closely at the illustrations, and you'll find even more things to smile about. My kids think it is hilarious that Bailey loudly sings Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" in music class and they request that I sing a rendition when I read the story aloud.

Besides his work in the children's book world, Bliss is a cover artist for The New Yorker and also a cartoonist. His syndicated cartoon panel is titled "Bliss." In the Fall Picture Books Scholastic Librarian Preview video Bliss says that Schulz's Snoopy cartoon character is part of the inspiration behind his book about Bailey. It's easy to point out the similarities. Like Snoopy, Bailey never speaks but thought balloons clue the reader into what he is thinking. Both dogs wear a collar and have floppy ears. Unlike Snoopy, Bailey does not seem to have an owner and lives in a deluxe dog house.

Coincidentally, Bliss' first children's book A Fine, Fine School (written by Sharon Creech) also briefly pictures a dog at school. Doesn't the illustration look almost exactly the same as the Bailey cover art?



Related Links:
Harry Bliss - Author Website
Harry Bliss - Facebook



++++ A Bailey After School Treat ++++++

My daughter is always hungry after a day at school so I thought we'd make some fun treats inspired by Bliss' book. We made chalkboard graham crackers by spreading chocolate chips on top of a graham cracker. We wrote on our chalkboards by squeezing melted white chocolate out of the corner of a plastic bag. Our edible Bailey dog head is made out of a sliced pear, with blueberry craisins eyes, M&Ms nose, and a red pepper collar.





Go Back To School with BAILEY! Scholastic has kindly offered to sponsor a special Bailey giveaway.

One (1) winner will receive:
· A Bailey Lunchbox and copy of the new book Bailey by Harry Bliss
Two (2) additional winners will receive:
· A copy of the new book Bailey by Harry Bliss

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103 comments:

Melanie Ski said...

Mrs Bindergarten's Kindergarten is always a fun book for the new kids going to school
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Kristie said...

My kiddos LOVE The Kissing Hand :-)

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MaryAnne said...

What a cute book! My kids are huge fans of the "Magic Schoolbus" book series.

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I love the book Miss Nelson is Missing! I follow you on GFC as Aimee Brown

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MaDonna Maurer said...

Love the Bailey snack idea! I'd have to say that I like Mrs. Bindergarten as well...
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The train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting is special and interesting. All of Eve Bunting's book are memorable. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School Always was a hit. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

ossmcalc said...

I sometimes read the book "First Graders Take A Test" to my high school students. It helps to remind them that we can't always make an A on a test.

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freddie said...

My grandchildren would love to read this book. dwelchert@yahoo.com

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I follow you on Twitter and tweeted giveaway. https://twitter.com/#!/flipper211/status/109487337125318659 dwelchert@yahoo.com

Theresa N. said...

Sounds like a great book for kids, love that he hangs his head out the school bus window.
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Bridget R. Wilson said...

I like If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff.

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Katrina said...

I just love back to school shopping...I always did! The book looks super cute and I would love to read it to my daughter.
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A grandma said...

It is funny that Bailey eats his own homework.

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fer said...

I like How Do Dinosaurs Go to School by Jane Yolen. :)

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Gwendolyn B. said...

Your snack is very clever! I love it! One of my all-time favorite picture books is RUBY THE COPYCAT by Peggy Rathman. It's mostly set in the classroom, and I highly recommend it! But I'm eager to get to know Bailey, so thanks so much for the chance to win a copy!

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karenmed409 said...

our favorite-A Pirate's Guide to First Grade
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bored2quickly said...

I am a subscriber and I would love to win this! I like How Dinosaurs Go To School! Thanks for the great giveaway!
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sweepmom said...

this book looks so cute. My niece Bailey just started school and I would love to surprise her with this.

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Susanne Drazic said...

This looks and sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing your review of it. Yummy looking snack!

How about IS YOUR BUFFALO READY FOR KINDERGARTEN? Cute book!

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Anonymous said...

I love the Magic School Bus books. But they don't have enough dogs in them!

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shopannies said...

there was a little golden book I think named kindergarten that I read to each of my children before they started school
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Raven In A Blue Room said...

a book my daughter recently enjoyed and falls into the category "what I want to become when I grow up" is "The Gardener" by Sarah Stewart and David Small

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agatewood1 said...

right now my son loves Pete The Cat Rockin In My School Shoes
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Kellie Conklin said...

My favorite school themed book is First Day Jitters! This looks like a great story, thanks for the giveaway!
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Staci said...

Splat the Cat is one of our favorite school books.
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Anonymous said...

I love the Miss Malarkey books for anytime during the school year. Thanks!!
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dddiva said...

This looks like such a cute book. Junie B Jones is Dev's fave she is a riot reading it aloud to her nephew.

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AEKZ2 said...

The Teacher from the Black Lagoon is pretty good.

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c allen said...

my daughter would love the bailey book and/or lunchbox. clallen at ntin dot net

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melanie said...

This book looks very cute. My four boys and I are currently reading The Magic Schoolbus books. melaniecalcut@gmail.com

mail4rosey said...

Bailey looks like a character the little ones would love. I'm curious to read about his adventures myself.

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Dianne11 said...

My granddaughter loves chapter books including Magic School Bus, Ivy and Bean, The Princess Academy/Tiara Club books are favorites.

cheap4kids/Cee Love said...

My favorite, FAVORITE school themed children's book will always be Magic School Bus. I loved the books as a kid , I love the show , and I still watched it before I had kids, as of know I can watch it on the sly with my kids :-). It will probably end up being one of the children's books My kids like the most. That and the David books.
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