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Harry and the Lady Next Door    by Gene Zion & Margaret Bloy Graham order for
Harry and the Lady Next Door
by Gene Zion
Order:  USA  Can
HarperTrophy, 2003 (1960)
Hardcover, Softcover, Audio
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Harry is a very determined 'white dog with black spots', whose adventures my kids and I enjoyed in Harry the Dirty Dog and No Roses for Harry. I find Harry and the Lady Next Door to be even better. This particular version is 'An I Can Read Book' aimed at children just beginning to make sense of books on their own. Harry gets into trouble once more because, though he loved all the neighbours, 'He did not love the lady next door.' You see, she sang high and loud and it made Harry's ears hurt. And he wasn't the only one - her singing disturbed the peanut man, the firemen, and even the local cats.

Now Harry is the ultimate problem solver and he goes to great lengths to fix this one, each attempt sending him to the doghouse once more. Our Harry gives the lady next door examples of sounds that he likes ... by rounding up a herd of cows, redirecting the Firemen's Band, and conveying frogs in a watering can. The lady next door 'went on singing. She sang higher and louder than ever.' But just by chance, Harry's perseverance finally has the desired results, and it's because the lady next door turns out to be a 'brave' lady.

Harry and the Lady Next Door is a hilarious story, but don't just leave it to your beginning reader; sneak a peek yourself. It's great fun!

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