From the Terrible Harry series, Vol. 37
By Susie Clean; Illustrated by Amy Wammer
Release date: November 27, 2018
A long-running series comes in recent episodes.
After, as Kline points out in her warm thanks, that it took 30 years to get through second and third grade, Harry Spogar is supposed to move – but not just to fourth grade, it turns out, when his family moves to another city. Immediately after the end of the school year. The news leaves his best friend, the narrator “worried”, devastated … especially since Harry doesn’t seem so hesitant about it. Thinking about the fans of the series, the author takes Harry on a sort of farewell tour from the last day of school. From his desk he pulls out a burnt sausage and other items that have appeared in previous episodes, says goodbye to Song Lee and other classmates, and even (for the first time ever) leads Doug and the readers to his house and the room strewn with souvenirs to continue reminiscing. Of course, Harry is not as arrogant about the move as he pretends to be, and his eyes are not exactly dry when he leaves. But he barely disappears before Doug meets Muhammad, a newcomer from Syria, who (along with another team of players who started out as mostly white but became more and more multi-ethnic over the years) will also start fourth grade at the end of the summer, and planning a written description For his friend’s “terrible” deeds. Unfinished illustrations were not seen.
A fitting farewell, still funny, poignant and positive in her view of human nature even in its 37th episode.
Pub Date: November 27, 2018
Page Count: 80
Review published online: September 17, 2018
Kirkus review issue: October 1, 2018
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