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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the story produces the requisite suspense, but not enough to hold the interest of some children. However, the illustrations focus attention on interesting details.
Is It Any Good?
Harry books are perennial favorites with preschoolers. An I Can Read Book, divided into four chapters, HARRY AND THE LADY NEXT DOOR follows Harry's efforts to deal with a constantly singing neighbor. The chapter division allows for shorter or longer reading sessions and also provides a reading progression: The first three, shorter chapters lead up to the longer and slightly more text-heavy final chapter.
Parents will welcome a volume that builds on this popularity to encourage early reading, though readers who love Harry for being a real dog may feel that, in this outing, he comes a little too close to anthropomorphic behavior.
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