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Harry Hungry!
by Steven Salerno
Order:  USA  Can
Harcourt, 2009 (2009)

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* *   Reviewed by Michelle York

Little Harry is not so little when it comes to his appetite. In fact, Harry's appetite is enough to send this diaper-clad Buddha-belly baby into the streets eating up whatever is in sight, including the family sedan and the road it drove in on.

Harry is the star in this gem of a picture book Harry Hungry! We know what you're thinking: Does the world need another children's book about the bottomless pits of stomachs? Didn't The Very Hungry Caterpillar pretty much do it? Well, maybe. Then again, maybe not.

Writer/illustrator Steven Salerno manages to make his book fresh and lively. His illustrations are charmingly retro, which is in keeping with his style.

After Harry finishes with the road, he sets off for schools and bridges. His mother calls out the Army just as Harry is about to take a bite out of the moon. Luckily, they don't need to take action. Harry doesn't destroy the universe, or metamorphosis into a butterfly, proving the necessity of all that binge eating.

He simply burps and falls asleep, his parents marveling by the side of his crib. (No doubt, they will marvel just as much when they change his next diaper!)

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