Harrison’s Song – a book review

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Title: Harrison’s Song
Written by: Harrison Craig
Illustrated by: Ann-Marie Finn
Published by: Wombat Books

Harrison is a bit different to the other kids.
Each time he tries to speak, he stutters. No matter how hard he tries, his tongue feels tied up in knots. That is, until one day when Harrison discovers his talent …
Harrison’s Song tells the story of how Harrison overcame adversity because he just wanted to share the love and words inside him.

Harrison’s Song is a book of triumph. It’s a true story about a boy with a speech impediment who became a target for teasing and isolation at school. But through the difficult days, Harrison found something unique to himself. Something that would lift him higher than he ever thought he could go. Something that made him shine through and above his stuttering.

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Harrison Craig on ‘The Voice – Australia’

Harrison Craig has not only gifted his voice to the world through singing, he has now gifted children his words through his story, Harrison’s Song, encouraging children to believe that good things will come, and that when times are tough, it takes courage to step outside your comfort zone.

This picture book is not just for children, however. It is for parents as well. Watching a child lose their bounce and happiness due to bullying at school is heart wrenching and beyond devastating, and parents always battle to find something that will return confidence and happiness to their child to restore balance to their world again. Harrison Craig’s book, Harrison’s Song, oozes with hope for parents and children alike.

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Harrison Craig with illustrator, Ann-Marie Finn at The Mad Hatters Bookshop

Children love illustrations in picture books. They grab the attention of the reader way before the words are read. And illustrator, Ann-Marie Finn, has done this from the outset with the front cover, where she has portrayed Harrison Craig singing on ‘The Voice, Australia’, which he won in 2013. Ann-Marie has captured the essence of Harrison Craig with her colourful illustrations throughout the story. The depiction of his feelings in the facial expressions draws the reader to make an emotional connection with Harrison, experiencing his sadness, his worry and his self-doubt, then finally his immense happiness while he is singing, leaving the reader with a positive vibe of satisfaction and achievement.

Children are often surprised to hear the back-story of famous people and their journey of difficulties, and Harrison’s story is no exception. This book will open up discussion in homes and educational settings about people around them, and help to focus on strength and ability, instead of perceived weakness and disability. Everyone has a light within them, ready to shine to make the world a better place.

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Purchase a copy of Harrison’s Song:
https://www.wombatbooks.com.au/index.php/harrisons-song
Connect with Harrison Craig at:
https://harrisoncraig.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/HarrisonCraigOfficial/
Connect with Ann-Marie Finn at:
https://amfillustrations.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/amfillustrations/

Title: Harrison’s Song
Author: Harrison Craig
Illustrator: Ann-Marie Finn
Publisher: Wombat Books
ISBN: 978-1925563122 (hardback)
ISBN: 978-1-925563-11-5 (paperback)
Category: children
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Editor, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
www.facebook.com/julieannwallaceonethousandwords/
https://www.julieannwallaceauthor.com/

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