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Bailey by Harry Bliss

Published by Scholastic Press
Pages: 32
Ages: 3 and up.
Publishers Summmary:

Meet Bailey, a dog who surprises and charms his fellow human classmates with his irrepressible antics.

Follow Bailey the dog as he gets ready and goes to school. Should he wear the red or blue collar? Both are so fashionable! Will he be late? That squirrel is a distraction! And what about Bailey’s homework? Would you believe he ate it? That is what dogs do, after all.

In this funny new book from the best selling children’s illustrator Harry Bliss, school proves to be an unexpected place for Bailey to do all sorts of things he loves: reading, fetching, painting, digging, singing – and making friends!

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Lets dance! That’s my very favoritest part of this book! Bailey dances just like me! You move and move and move all over the place! It’s great!

“My mom and dad were telling me the book’s about him going to school. I’m going to school soon too! Did you know that? I can’t wait! But it’s kind of silly that a dog goes to school, don’t you think? It’s a funny book and I’m glad I got to see Bailey dance and sing. Maybe I’ll get to dance and sing in school too!”

Mom’s Two Cents: “Bailey isn’t your average dog. Yes, he loves squirrels and bones, but he also loves school. From dancing to math Bailey spends the day doing things other kids do, only a little bit more dog-like. The question for Bailey though is, will he make the bus in time to get home from a great day at school?

“Harry Bliss is the author and illustrator of over two dozens books, many of which we are huge fans of here in our home. We loved Luke On The Loose by Toon Books as well as Invisible Inkling which was out earlier this year. As for Bailey, we absolutely loved the illustrations. Both of the kiddos couldn’t get enough of Bailey wagging his tail to a song he loved or getting it messy with paint all over it. I’m wondering though if perhaps the dialogue clouds that most the characters spoke in were a bit too old for my two kiddos. It was hard for them to follow the story, especially the Turkeybird who can read most basic picture books, but with this he kept asking where to go next. I’m not giving up on this one because it’s very adorable and I think will be great when he’s a few weeks from school time, it just may need to be read with older kiddos.

“Perfect for school age kids, Bailey is a fun romp through the halls of school with a very unlikely student. A dog as a fellow classmate would certainly help readers to understand what to do and not to do when they make it into the classroom themselves. No chewing on books or sleeping in class, this is just the right kind of humor to teach children to enjoy the great things about school without falling into a few bad habits. And though this wasn’t for my kiddos I’d absolutely recommend it to older readers and will be attempting it again in about a year from now.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 5 to 9. A humorous walk through the halls of school with an unlikely student. Bailey will teach school age kids the ins and outs of proper school “behavior” without being too serious.


Thanks to the wonderful publisher, Scholastic Press, I have the opportunity of giving away three (3) copies of Bailey by Harry Bliss as well as an adorable matching lunchbox to one (1) of the three winners! Thank you! To enter, please fill out the entry form below and good luck!

Find Bailey by Harry Bliss at the following spots:
Powell’s Books
Barnes & Noble

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12 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Bailey by Harry Bliss

  1. Teresa says:

    This looks pretty cute. I’ll have to check it out for Monkey as he is getting ready to start preschool. Dancing dogs? You can’t go wrong with them!

  2. Oh what a fun and creative way to do “school rules”! Too cute. We’ll definitely be on the look out for this o e.

  3. Oh how fun and cute. I love it!

  4. Janelle says:

    My three-year-old loves the part where Bailey picks out his collar. He also likes the singing page, mostly because I sing “Hound Dog” when I read it. I don’t think he has problems following the story but I point to the speech balloons when I read them so he knows who is thinking/speaking. My first grader really enjoys reading the book to herself. I kind of like the format of text intermixed with the dialog balloons because it is different than most of our picture books.

    • Yeah, I’m not sure what it is, but he just didn’t connect well with the book in a lot of parts. Even with me pointing to the text I kept catching him looking around the page like he was searching for the words. But that’s okay! Not every book is for every kid. And, like I said I’m definitely going to keep trying with this one. I think he’ll really like it once he’s in school. 🙂

  5. Darlene says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! My kids would love this!

  6. Adelina says:

    This sounds like a super cute book! My nephews would love it!

  7. Christy says:

    I would love to win a copy of this adorable book!

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