Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 8
- Grade: p to k
- Reading age: 3 to 5
Harry tries and tries to get rid of his hiccups. He tries drinking a glass of water upside down, he tries putting an ice-cold key down his back, he gleefully tries eating a spoonful of sugar. But nothing works!
In this charming picture book, written by children's literature legend Jean Little and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Joe Weissmann, Harry is afflicted with a case of the hopeless hiccups. It's not until Harry has a surprise encounter with a different sort of neighbor that it seems like Harry might finally get some relief...hiccup, hiccup...
About the authors
Jean Little was born in Taiwan in 1932. Her parents were both doctors. Jean grew up in Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto. She was born with a severe eye problem and is severely visually impaired. A special "talking" computer assists her with her writing. She has a retired seeing-eye dog named Ritz and a new one named Pippa, with whom she travels. The author focuses on her experiences from the time she was a child through young adulthood in her autobiography, Little by Little, and continues her story in Stars Come Out Within. The books, which will appeal to children 10 and older, are both humorous and poignant as Jean describes living with a disability and the ridicule she sometimes experienced as a result, as well as her love for the world of reading and books. Jean's books include From Anna, Listen for the Singing, Stand In The Wind, Mama's Going To Buy You a Mockingbird, Hey World, Here I Am!, Look through My Window, Emma's Yucky Brother, The Belonging Place, and Mine For Keeps. Listen for the Singing was the Canada Council Children's Literature Award winner in 1977. Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird was the CLA Book of the Year in 1985.
Jean Little's first book, Mine for Keeps, won the Little, Brown Children's Book Award in 1962 and was republished by Viking Penguin in 1995. It tells the story of Sally Copeland, a 10 year old with cerebral palsy, and her adjustment to being home after spending several years in a special school. You'll find that several of the themes in this book appear in a number of the author's other books: dealing with a handicap and the responses of others, fitting in, and adjusting to new situations and surroundings.
- Short-listed, IODE Ontario Jean Throop Book Award
- Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award
"Full of colourful illustrations that will delight readers of any age…The repetition of 'hiccup, hiccup,' makes this a great story to be read aloud—it is funny and entertaining."
"This lively and amusing story would make a great read-aloud participation story and a vibrant addition to the bookshelf."
Canadian Children's Booknews
“Kids who have ever dealt with a never-ending stream of hiccups will empathize with Harry's story—and will likely want to suggest techniques of their own.”
Kiss the Book blog
"Little interweaves culture and generation in a beautiful narrative dance which can be enjoyed by all ages…While the text is nourishing to the mind, the pictures are enrichment for the eyes."
"This playful, fun, and humorous story is sure to get a laugh out of any audience…The illustrations of characters, in particular their facial expressions as they react to Harry's attempted tricks, are enough on their own to make a young audience laugh. Highly Recommended."
"Young readers will enjoy the humorous lengths Harry will go to try to lose his hiccups. Weissman's illustrations, created using acrylic on board, are detailed and vibrant, and the depictions of the frog, particularly after he has gotten the hiccups, are amusing."
School Library Journal
Other titles by Jean Little
Le long chemin
A Long Way Home
Harry's Hiccups Read-Along
Listen for the Singing
Dear Canada: Hoping for Home
Stories of Arrival
Once Upon a Golden Apple
25th Anniversary Edition
Pippin the Christmas Pig
Hand in Hand
Inspired by the real-life story of Helen Keller and Martha Washington
Dear Canada: Exiles from the War
The War Guest Diary of Charlotte Mary Twiss, Guelph, Ontario, 1940