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The RAW Junior Folks On The Harry Bliss Tour (PR)
posted April 6, 2009

Beloved Illustrator Harry Bliss Takes off with His First Solo Book!

Harry Bliss, the New Yorker cartoonist who is half the team (with Doreen Cronin) behind the #1 New York Times bestseller Diary of a Worm, and who recently teamed with Newbery Medal-winner Kate DiCamillo for Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken, is taking off on a solo book of his own!

In this breakthrough book, Luke looks on at the pigeons in Central Park, while Dad is lost in "boring Daddy talk," and before you know it -- LUKE IS ON THE LOOSE! The story of this little boy on a solo flight through New York City is sure to delight any young reader who has ever felt cooped up. A cartoonist at heart, Harry Bliss instinctively uses the format of the comic book to great effect, drawing his readers on a breathless and unconventional tour of New York, filled with the kind of uproarious details young readers delight in.

Harry Bliss is the illustrator of numerous bestselling children's books, including Newbery Medal-winner Sharon Creech's It's a Fine, Fine School, the above-mentioned Diary of a Worm, and Which Would You Rather Be? by Caldecott Medal-winner William Steig. This is his first comic book. He currently resides in Northern Vermont with his son and their puppy Penny, who has yet to catch her first squirrel. LUKE ON THE LOOSE is an hilarious addition to the immensely successful collection of TOON Books, hardcover comics for early readers published by New Yorker Art Editor Fran├žoise Mouly with Series Advisor Art Spiegelman. The imprint launched in Spring 2008. TOON Books is pleased to announce a series of appearances by Bliss to promote Luke. Following are some of Bliss' upcoming events:

Thursday, April 16, 2009 -- NAPERVILLE, IL
7:00 PM -- Reading and Book Signing
Anderson's Bookshop, 123 West Jefferson

Saturday, May 2, 2009--NEW YORK CITY
3:30 PM -- Strand Family Hour Reading and Book Signing
The Strand, 828 Broadway (at 12th Street)

Sunday, May 3, 2009 -- NEW YORK CITY
1:00 PM -- Reading and Book Signing with Shaun Tan
Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street

Monday, May 4, 2009 -- JAMAICA PLAIN, MA
6:30 PM -- Family Night Presentation
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre Street

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 -- BURLINGTON, MA
6:30 PM -- Reading and Book Signing
Barnes & Noble, 98 Middlesex Pkwy

Saturday, May 23, 2009 -- ESSEX JUNCTION, VT
11:00 AM -- Reading and Book Signing
Phoenix Books, 21 Essex Way