The Tail of a Boy Named Harvey by Gregory E. Bray

6 Aug


The Tail of a Boy Named Harvey

by Gregory E. Bray

Illustrated by Holly J Bray-Cook

32 pages  ages 4+

Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on June 1, 2013

My summary – Sometimes kids play with pets a little too rough. What a kid thinks is fun, isn’t always what their pet thinks is fun. Harvey didn’t was a kid who played with his pets in an unkind way. Harvey didn’t know why his dog and cat hid from him. One night Harvey had a dream and in his dream he became the pet… and he didn’t like getting “played” with! Seeing the world through his pet’s eyes changed the way he plays with his pets!

This was a funny, cute book. I like the idea of it – be nice to your pets. It is a unique story idea about teaching kids the right way to play with pets. Harvey is a nice kid – he’s not purposefully mean to the pets – he just doesn’t know any better. I think that kids will really like this book, and get a giggle when the tables are turned on Harvey. The illustrations are not my style, but they followed the story well. I think that young kids will love this book and any family or class room with a pet can benefit from it.

I give this book four out of five bookworms.fourbooks

18 Responses to “The Tail of a Boy Named Harvey by Gregory E. Bray”

  1. julie rowan zoch August 6, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    I do like the primary color scheme on the cover.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

      The colors are nice on the cover. 🙂 The story has a very good lesson too! 🙂


  2. Lynn August 6, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    This seems like a good lesson book without seeming like it’s teaching.
    Good review, Erik.


  3. KidLitReviews August 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Poor pets. I bet it was fun to have Harvey the pet for a while. This is on my TBR list, one up for you. 😦


  4. patientdreamer August 6, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    A lovely looking book that teaches a valuable lesson. I can see why kids would love this, thanks to your review. Excellent choice and great review, Erik.


  5. Genevieve Petrillo August 6, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    Tail pulling is naughty! Cuddling is better…

    Love and licks,


  6. Michelle Isenhoff August 6, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    Sounds like a lesson worth writing about. The title made me chuckle. 🙂


  7. readingwithrhythm August 6, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    Any book that can show kids the best way to play with pets is a good one.


  8. Niamh Clune Plum Tree Books August 7, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Good idea to help children know what it feels like to be tormented!


  9. LovableLobo August 9, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    Nice review, SuperKid! It’s important to treat animals with respect. I’m sure Clyde would agree. 🙂


  10. Myra GB October 9, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    Oooh. The book cover reminded me of Good Night Moon. So soothing.



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