Harry Rides the Danger
by Lancelot Schaubert
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Pub Date 08 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 04 May 2023
Vale, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Harry woke at night: in his doorway stood THE DANGER. Harry learns first to face and follow Danger, then to court Danger. Harry takes the Danger out for chocolate cake, for jumping over mountains, for leaping over pits of snakes. Then he wields Danger to save lives, homes, and worlds from a world ending fire.
A children's book written in the wake of the historic Joplin tornado, HARRY RIDES THE DANGER teaches the abstract concept of courage in a fun way. It will quickly become an early reader classic.
Lancelot Schaubert has 5 books coming out in 2023, all of them currently available on Netgalley. Search "Lancelot" in the "Search for titles" section of Netgalley to find all five!
A Note From the Publisher
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"[Schaubert's work] is a hoot."
- Publisher's Weekly
"Lancelot Schaubert is an entertaining and intelligent writer with a flair for world-building. His work is full of good surprises."
- Juliet Marillier, Aurelius award winning author of the Blackthorn & Grim and Warrior Bards series
"Schaubert is a powerful fantasist, a multi-layered thinker and a pure craftsperson with words. This is a writer who will make waves, break boundaries and be heard."
- Kaaron Warren, Aurelius + Stoker award-winning author and Guest of Honor at the World Fantasy Convention
"Schaubert's complex stories weave together sly humor, subtle satire, and heightened language to push fantasy into unexpected places: sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes perplexing, but always intriguing."
-LJ Cohen, author of Derelict
"Schaubert's words have an immediacy, a potency, an intimacy that grab the reader by the collar and say, 'Listen, this is important!' Probing the bones and gristle of humanity, Lancelot's subjects challenge, but also offer insights into redemption if only we will stop and pay attention."
- Erika Robuck, national bestselling author of Hemingway's Girl
"Loved BELL HAMMERS because Lancelot wrote about people who don't get written about enough and he did it with humor, compassion, and heart."
- Brian Slatterly, author of Lost Everything and editor of The New Haven Review
"I'm such a fan of Lancelot Schaubert's work. His unique view and his life-wisdom enriches all he does. We're lucky to count him among our contributors."
- Therese Walsh, author of The Moon Sisters and Editorial Director of Writer Unboxed
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Average rating from 51 members
A great read by this author. I definitely recommend checking this one out!
Thank you NetGalley for providing a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Harry Rides the Danger was a good book. I liked some of the illustrations and the fact that the book does not tell you what the Danger is and it keeps you guessing. .... I really think children would love this.
What makes Harry Rides the Danger different from other books is that it keeps you thinking, and makes you question what the Danger is and why he chose to get out of his bed to go after it. This is where the adventure of finding courage begins.
I got this as a digital copy from NetGalley. I think this is cute! Some might say the illustrations can be too scary for children but if your kid has watched anything remotely spooky - like Scooby Doo - it should be fine. I would get a physical copy for my daughter. It seems like it would be fun for her to read aloud (she is too young to read, currently).
A very beautifully illustrated and strange tale abut a boy learning to surmount his fear and ride along with the fear to new and bizarre locations.
I thought this was an interesting children’s book. I read it as a story which sees a child confronting childhood fear and rising above it. The artwork is very clear and hard hitting. I think this is the kind of story that needs to be read with children and discussed with them.
The artwork does make the story scary though. I enjoyed it but I left childhood behind long ago!
Copy provided by publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
I was afraid of the dark when I was a little kid. In this cute and funny book Harry takes on his fears in a couple of inspiring and cute ways.
I would’ve loved this book when I was a child and I believe it can be good for children to find different ways of thinking of their fears.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the copy!
This was not what I expected at all but I enjoyed it for what it was..
This book, to me, was about facing fear head on. It is a great way to keep older children interested and to get the message across effectively.
The illustrations for me were the most disturbing part! The child had a weirdly real look whilst being obviously illustrated. I loved that and it added well to the atmosphere
This is a picture book directed at children to help them understand that facing your fears is courageous. Some of the pictures terrified me as an adult! Danger is a dog or just a stuffed animal in Harry's dreams, where he travels to various places where he faces danger and saves the world - especially from forest fires.
I think this is a good story, perhaps more so for older children, as the pictures, in some cases, are scary. I guess that is the point, though -- face your fears, and things aren't as scary as they may seem at first glance.
Such a simple yet lovely story and I love the art style. Very quick read yet something I could come back to again and still enjoy.
I enjoyed the concept of the book, which is about overcoming fear. The author did this very creatively. I think a lot of kids will be able to relate to the main character.
Harry Rides the Danger is a spectacular book. The illustrations are marvelous and there’s a message in the book for people of all ages.
Harry is a little boy with many fears, the most prominent being the fear of Danger. Now, Danger means different things to different people, and we perceive Danger relative to the circumstances, giving it nuances and defining how dangerous something is. But, again, Harry is a little boy, and he’s too young to make the distinctions that older people can. So every night, he goes to bed fearing The Danger. And, every night, an initially formless entity, The Danger itself, comes to Harry’s bedroom door and roars at him and every night Harry is terrified. Is this presence a dream? A manifestation of a little boy’s fear, having been told not to do things because they are dangerous? You have to figure that out for yourself.
One night The Danger appears and it looks kind of like a wolf. Together Harry and The Danger ride off into a world full of Henry’s fears. And at the end, The Danger looks kind of like a big dog and Henry is not frightened, at least not as much.
The pictures are perfect for the story; you can literally see Harry’s fright as he hurls through the darkness. For a child, the pictures alone might be sufficient to tell the story. But for adults, the words are the story, and what those sparse words told me is that when I think I’m afraid of something, maybe it’s not as scary as I thought it was, if I don’t panic but instead inquire of the fear just what danger I’m scared of.
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley, and I am very glad I did.
The cover caught my interest here as it’s not what you usually see on picture books. That said, this was an engaging and enjoyable read, albeit a little scary at times. I recommend this and my kids will enjoy it.
I like this book. At first, I thought it might be too scary to read for a little one, but once you push past the few pages of scary features of the Danger, you get this story of curiosity, hesitancy, and courage, even overcoming biases of fear, which makes for a great lesson for little ones and an overall brave story.
dark, mysterious, tense, open to interpretation
Harry is a little boy and like many young children, he has very real fears, the most prominent, his the fear of The Danger. What is Danger you might ask? Well I think it means different things to different people, especially based on the stage of life you are in. Adults no longer fear the creature under the bed, but we fear the stranger in the night. Out little guy Harry goes to bed fearing The Danger. And, every night, The Danger itself, comes to Harry’s bedroom door and roars at him and every night Harry is terrified. Is it a reoccurring dream, or a manifestation of a little boy’s fear? The author leaves that to the reader’s own interpretation. One night The Danger appears and it looks kind of like a wolf. Later Harry decides to face danger and takes a ride on the creature. At the end of this 36 page picture book, The Danger looks more like a big dog and Henry is not frightened, at least not as much.
The illustrations do great justice to the story even if they are a bit terrifying.
I’m not sure how children will interpret this book, but I predict they will like it because young ones seem to be drawn to scary stories. This is a curious one.
A beautiful yet harrowingly drawn illustrations showing a little boys adventure to chase danger and overcome his fear. I read this alongside my 6 year old and he admitted the illustrations were a little creepy but he loved it. I don’t think he understood the message but he enjoyed it.
Harry Rides the Danger is a beautifully written and illustrated story about a young boy who learns to face his fears with a little help. I absolutely love the message of the story. The writing is perfect for all ages. While young kids would enjoy this book, the story itself would also appeal to older students. The illustrations are very powerful. At times they can be scary and dark, but they work perfectly for this story.
Harry Rides the Danger is a unique story that discusses danger and fear. The illustrations are beautiful. I hope that parents will be brave enough to use this book as a basis to talk about anxieties and fears, rational or irrational.
Thank you NetGalley and to the publisher for this ARC!
The art in this book is so unique and striking! It takes you off guard a little but then turns into a story of bravery when the child faces the danger! I love the story, art, and theme. It is a tad scary and the maternity of the child should be considered before.
I love the fact the author is able to make a children's book that is also horror. I know, in my own chicken way, I was afraid! This will be great for those kids who love a good scary story. I would also let parents know it is not your everyday nighttime tale. I want to say that I loved the art work, and I LOVED the illustrator's fact that he graduated from his elementary school in 1995 where is art teacher said, "he had good effort." That made laugh out loud so hard. Not bad for, "good effort." I would highly recommend this to some children, but not all, Parents would need to chose carefully for their child to know if they can handle it, but also children can use this to face their fears as well. So, I highly recommend it period!
Thank you to the author, illustrator, publisher, and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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