Picture Book Review: Harry and the Hot Lava by Chris Robertson


Harry and the Hot Lava by Chris Robertson

Age Range: 2 and up

Series: None

Genre: Picture book

Paperback: 36 pages
Publisher: Xist Publishing (July 15, 2014)

Source: From author for review

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Harry is a little boy with a big imagination. One day, a simple game of
“don’t step on the hot lava” turns into a adventure he’ll never forget!

This children’s picture book features the iconic art of Chris Robertson
and has fun simple text perfect for beginning readers and story time.

About Chris Robertson:

Chris Robertson is just a big kid at heart who happens to write and
draw Children’s Picture Books. His most recent book is “My Yellow
Umbrella” has hit the #1 spot on Amazon’s Bestseller list for Baby &
Toddler Color Books, Bedtime and Dreaming and Children’s Game Books.

other books include the Amazon’s Best Sellers, “I’ll Trade My
Peanut-Butter Sandwich” and “Kit and Kaboodle”. He broke into the
Children’s book field in 2005 with “Little Miss Liberty” published by
Chronicle Books then subsequently by Scholastic Books in paperback.

whimsical cartoon style feels light-hearted and carefree which seems to
perfectly match his humorous writing style. He lives in Pasadena with
his wife and three boys, all of whom, own a yellow umbrella.


My Thoughts:

There is no denying that I love Chris Robertson.  I love his artwork and the way he captures childhood in the pages of a book.  Harry and the Hot Lava is a charming picture book about a young boy with a wild imagination.  Kids will love this simple story that depicts a common childhood game requiring nothing more than the desire to play.  Kids will enjoy the familiar theme and the bright colors of the illustrations. 

My kids are big fans of Chris Robertson and they always ask to read his books over and over again.  His illustrations remind me of cartoons from when I was little, yet they are fresh and modern enough to appeal to my kids as well. 

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with one of Chris Robertson’s books.

Source: The author sent a digital copy of this book to me in exchange for an honest review.


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  • Reply
    July 16, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Oh shoot, I forgot he emailed me and I didn't reply! Yikes, I should dig it up. I love him too. His stories are fun but his artwork is my favorite!!!! I really, really love the art. I'm glad this didn't disappoint, I'll definitely have to get a copy!

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    Adriana Garcia
    July 16, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I remember that game! I used to play it all the time with my brothers. I like that it inspired a book and kids will be able to identify with it right away. I also know you love Chris Robertson's art and he is highly recommended by you so this must have been a great treat for you (:

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    July 16, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    This sounds so good! I think kids and adults who have played the "lava" game will especially enjoy it (from the way you described it). I don't think I have read one of Chris's books- but I must soon! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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