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Luke on the Loose is a TOON Book a story for new readers told in comic format by Harry Bliss At the park, Luke gets tired of listening to his father s boring adult conversation with a friend Unable to take it any longer, he takes off after some pigeons, calling out Yaaaaah as he goes While his dad enlists the police to track him down, Luke knocks over a bicyclist, interrupts a marriage proposal, and finally climbs onto a roof to take a nap, creating a frenzy at every point on his journey Luke on the Loose is a TOON Book a story for new readers told in comic format by Harry Bliss At the park, Luke gets tired of listening to his father s boring adult conversation with a friend Unable to take it any longer, he takes off after some pigeons, calling out Yaaaaah as he goes While his dad enlists the police to track him down, Luke knocks over a bicyclist, interrupts a marriage proposal, and finally climbs onto a roof to take a nap, creating a frenzy at every point on his journey.Luke on the Loose is one of the best and funniest easy readers I have ever read It captures not only the boredom of a child waiting for his parents to stop talking, but also the explosion of happiness associated with freedom from that boring situation Yaaah is the perfect sound for Luke to make it tells us everything we need to know about his feelings, and it s great fun to say out loud All along the way, subtle comments from animals and people alike add to the humor of Luke s wild run through the city Pigeons call him Coo Coo A cat peering out the window thinks to himself, I ll never let my kittens chase pigeons A mouse even suggests that Luke is just another city pest These deadpan statements perfectly juxtapose the slapstick humor of the illustrations, making the laughs come that much faster.Luke on the Loose reminds me a lot of Nina in That Makes Me Mad Both celebrate the individuality of children, and celebrate their independence and emotions Just as kids relate to the things that make Nina mad, they will relate to the fun of Luke s sprint through the city and they will be comforted by his safe return to his parents in the end as well Recommend Luke on the Loose to little ones with lots of energy, and laugh along with them This is a great book if you enjoy reading graphic novels The main character Luke, leaves his father while at the park to chase some birds While reading this book, the audience will explore New York through the lens of Luke as he is eventually found by his father This is an adventurous book with great illustrations. Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss is a Toon Book title about a little boy who is bored listening to his dad talk about boring dad stuff so he begins chasing pigeons And when Luke begins his pursuit of pigeons, he just doesn t stop No one thinks he will go far because he is just a kid, but Luke runs across New York City trying to catch the pigeons He wreaks havoc as he runs through traffic, past pedestrians, and through a restaurant This easy reader will be excellent for pre kindergarten thr Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss is a Toon Book title about a little boy who is bored listening to his dad talk about boring dad stuff so he begins chasing pigeons And when Luke begins his pursuit of pigeons, he just doesn t stop No one thinks he will go far because he is just a kid, but Luke runs across New York City trying to catch the pigeons He wreaks havoc as he runs through traffic, past pedestrians, and through a restaurant This easy reader will be excellent for pre kindergarten through third grade readers They will enjoy the humor of Luke s single minded pursuit of the fleeing pigeons and the wayandadults are recruited to help find Luke The top notch pictures in this short, 27 page graphic novel are full color and detailed They clearly show facial expressions, background items, movement, and sound effects It s good to see high quality illustrations in an easy reader book for young children This fast paced introduction to graphic novels is a winner all around Luke s dad runs into a friend in Central Park The two dads talk, and Luke gets bored So Luke takes off after the pigeons, eventually chasing them all over Manhattan and across the East River into Brooklyn The comic book is the perfect medium for Luke s zany antics, and the sound effects they entail EEK AAAH YAAAH I also like that Luke and his dad are an African American family having a universal experience Trust me when I say that black kids, and especially black boys, are underrepresente Luke s dad runs into a friend in Central Park The two dads talk, and Luke gets bored So Luke takes off after the pigeons, eventually chasing them all over Manhattan and across the East River into Brooklyn The comic book is the perfect medium for Luke s zany antics, and the sound effects they entail EEK AAAH YAAAH I also like that Luke and his dad are an African American family having a universal experience Trust me when I say that black kids, and especially black boys, are underrepresented in children s literature Mad props to TOON Books for taking a step in ainclusive direction You don t have to cut to the chase scene in this short comic It s all chase scene A toddler takes off after a flock of pigeons in Manhattan, chases them over the East River to Brooklyn, where he finally falls asleep with them atop a water tower. The illustrations in this book are phenomenal and they need to be to show the audience all of the reactions to Luke running loose through the city The dialogue is simple and the pictures tellthan enough, making it a great graphic novel for younger readers. |Free Kindle ♡ Luke on the Loose ♖ 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 He s free as a bird, on a hilarious solo flight through New York City The TOON Book idea was simple Produce books for early readers in a comic book format, as created by a variety of different author illustrators Cat in the Hat with speech bubbles, if you will The problem Children s authors often say that novels are easy and picture books are hard I d take that one step further Picture books are hard but easy books are near impossible To be truly great you have to reinvent the genre Seuss did Mo Willems certainly has with his Elephant and Piggie And unti The TOON Book idea was simple Produce books for early readers in a comic book format, as created by a variety of different author illustrators Cat in the Hat with speech bubbles, if you will The problem Children s authors often say that novels are easy and picture books are hard I d take that one step further Picture books are hard but easy books are near impossible To be truly great you have to reinvent the genre Seuss did Mo Willems certainly has with his Elephant and Piggie And until now the TOON Books have been finding their footing They ve hired a lot of artists that haven t done extensive work in the children s arena, and the result is that they re still figuring out the best way to present their material And then came Bliss Harry Bliss has been knocking off picture books left and right for a number of years now He knows how to make an idea succinct How to synthesize words into their most essential forms And best of all, how to make it funny Luke on the Loose may be the best TOON Book to come out so far Hopping and hip, Bliss takes a simple idea and takes it to its logical extreme The first rule of toddler to preschool aged children You don t let your eyes wander from them for a second Not so much as a minute It is a lesson Luke s dad is about to learn While talking to a fellow grown up in the park, the man fails to note the moment when Luke, entranced by the sheer proximity of pigeons, takes off with a mighty YAAH Through the streets, over people s heads, around and about and through, Luke is a pigeon chasing force of nature While his parents alert every possible authority, the boy crosses from Manhattan into Brooklyn and it isn t until he falls asleep on a water tower that some nice firefighters can rescue him for once and for all So the next time Luke s in the park His dad has employed a clever solution Gotta give the man credit for the concept When I was a kid, chasing animals was a fine sport We didn t have pigeons where I grew up, mind, so I mostly restrained myself to rabbit and squirrel chases score thus far Squirrels Rabbits 22, Betsy 0 And kids love tearing off towards a moving goal If there were any flaw I d have to say it would be the fact that Luke never actually gets a pigeon You ever tried to catch a pigeon in New York City Brother, I would bet you cold hard cash that if I walked outside my home right now I could probably pluck one of those fat, lazy little birds from the street with my bare hands The pigeons of the city have many charms but speed and agility are not amongst them I don t want to go about speculating about Bliss s influences his website is certainly mute on the point I m sure that as a New Yorker cartoonist he d rattle off your usual list of hoity with the toity He probably has a weakness for the odd 50s horror comic book as well But one influence I detected in this book, perhaps unconsciously on his part, was a weird ode to Garry Trudeau and Berkeley Breathed With his New Yorker cartoons Bliss has tended to limit himself a single panel Faced with the sheer abundance of multiple panels, however, he s definitely drawn upon the Trudeau Breathed school of jokes and gaggery Nowhere is thisevident than in a six panel, two page sequence where our hero bursts into a restaurant, leaping from patron to patron in his quest for flapping pigeons The focus of the scene remains on the table of a man proposing to his girlfriend Though lots of action happens around and about him, our view never shifts Everything from the old man s spit take to the shot of the table itself screams weekday comic strip to me generally, and Bloom County Doonesbury specifically The rest of the book spends a lot of time asking the reader to pay attention to what s going on in the background In fact, almostthan teaching kids how to read on their own, I see Luke on the Loose as a title that will actually teach kids how to read a comic book A lot of the story requires the reader to learn how to follow a story from one panel to another And when you add in background stories as well, then a kid not only is reading the main story, but they re also backtracking and finding subplots and repeated characters and images to help them make sense of the images before them I hear a lot of adults who never grew up with comics say that they have a hard time reading them To them, I would hand Luke on the Loose It seems to have applications above and beyond the initial intent With its fast paced trip from Manhattan to Brooklyn a helpful map appears at the end for anyone interested this is a uniquely New York book, true And Bliss has filled it with a multi ethnic cast even going so far as to include cartoon characters like Olive Oyloddly This really does feel like a New York title, but not so much that readers around the country will be turned off Basically it just boils down to a fun romp, a child fantasy, and a great little easy to read comic that everyone can enjoy Rural and suburban Big and little Really the star of the show here is the art, the layout, and the premise The text fulfills its purpose but it s not the main draw As a whole Luke on the Loose is a fun book and a worthy addition to the Bliss oeuvre Worth a gander, certainly.Ages 4 8 While his father is engaged in some boring dad talk, Luke takes off after a pigeon, and winds up running amok through the city Cute, though I prefer Bliss s comics for adults. Luke on the Loose is the exciting adventure of a boy who is utterly bored with listening to grown up talk when his dad runs into an adult friend in the park While his dad is engaging in grown up talk, Luke is whisked away by his fascination with all of the pigeons Luke goes on to see and experience many exciting adventures once he is separated from his Dad and all that boring stuff This is such a cool book for young readers, andspecifically young readers who absolutely DO NOT consider t Luke on the Loose is the exciting adventure of a boy who is utterly bored with listening to grown up talk when his dad runs into an adult friend in the park While his dad is engaging in grown up talk, Luke is whisked away by his fascination with all of the pigeons Luke goes on to see and experience many exciting adventures once he is separated from his Dad and all that boring stuff This is such a cool book for young readers, andspecifically young readers who absolutely DO NOT consider themselves readers I also enjoy that this book isgender neutral in it s content I find that a lot of graphic novels are By having the text accompanied with illustration in such a direct way, I believe it is a useful tool for students to broaden their vocabulary and I think it would definitely enhance their understanding of the story One sections I specifically enjoyed was when Luke s dad finally realized that he was missing The text was simple, Luke LUKE but the illustration of the father and his reaction really told the story The movement shown in the fathers face which created the illusion that he almost had 3 heads all spinning trying to find his son I would use this book in my classroom for students who feel like reading just isn t for them I think this book would be a fantastic step towards reading novels and would do a great job at showing that reading isn t so scary after all