Happy Sunday everyone! Today I’m delighted to be bringing you a review of a delightful children’s book – Home Alone Harry by Jerry Rhodes & Rachael Messiter..
Harry is a mischievous young dog, adored by his family, Dad and Mum, Maisie (8) and Max (5). When the family leave him on his own he creates chaos. Dad demands, “That bad dog must go!” Alone and sad in bed that evening, Max asks, “Can anyone help?” How will the Thunkies respond to his call?
Where to buy: https://shop.thunkies.com/
Home Alone Harry is a lovely little educational book for children which makes them (and us adults!) think about the behaviour of dogs.
When the family go out and leave Harry alone, he’s worried about his family but they come back to chaos that they don’t fully understand…and Dad says that Harry must go. That night Max asks for help……and the Thunkies come to help the whole family to understand why Harry behaves the way he does and how they can help him.
Being a dog lover and a fur Mum I found this really interesting, especially because one of the writers is a dog expert! I read the book to my Nephew (also Harry!) who loved the wonderfully beautiful illustrations but is still a bit young for the story (he’s nearly 3). Here is is (and my sister’s dog Bella in the background!) having a good look at the pictures!
I would say this book is definitely for those maybe 5+ and is a lovely educational story. The Thunkies names are very similar and could be hard to pronounce for the younger kids, although this definitely shouldn’t put you off! I would highly recommend this if you were planning on getting, or have, a dog to help your kids (and maybe you!) to understand them better. This is the first in the series, and I look forward to seeing what else Harry gets up to and what more we can learn from him (and the team behind it!)
Make sure you go and check out their website too which is brilliant!
about the authors
Jerry Rhodes’ life-long research and teaching is the inspiration behind ‘Home Alone Harry’, this first book in a series for children featuring the cartoon characters, Thunkies®. After completing his degree and teacher training at Oxford University, Jerry’s career as a school-master was cut short by polio. He changed course to a management career in industry, discovered his talents for creativity, and formed his world-wide consultancy to collaborate with international organisations. A special project with Philips led to the discovery of ‘Thinking-Intentions’, to which he has now given the playful name, Thunkies®. Jerry writes his books from his weather-beaten old farmhouse in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds.
Rachael Messiter, a Dog Listener, uses the approach known as Amichien® Bonding pioneered by Jan Fennell. Rachael has her own practice, Talking Paws, based in Staffordshire. Previously she lived with wolves for close on two years in Colorado, USA, to learn how packs work. She has identified a group of issues that dog owners experience that are due to the well-meaning but flawed behaviours of owners, rather than ‘nuisance’ dogs. How to properly avoid and resolve such troublesome issues will be the theme of each book in the series Thunkies® love Dogs.
Nicky Hill (ILLUSTRATOR)
Nicky Hill is an illustrator and storyteller from Winterbourne near Bristol. Her artwork is featured throughout the Thunkies® Love Dogs books, bringing a bright, vibrant style that captures the imagination. A great lover of animals both wild and domestic, Nicky also illustrates and writes her own series of books about ‘The Wotton Pack’; a group of inquisitive pooches who spend their days and nights having many adventures. She currently lives with her own pack of three dogs in Wotton-under-Edge, a small town in Gloucestershire, where she also co-runs the shop called ‘The Collective’.
tour hosted by
Rachel’s Random Resources
Massive thanks to Jerry, Rachael, Nicky and the publisher for providing me with a physical copy of the book in return for an honest review; and to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour.
Have a lovely rest of your Sunday!