Harold is an amazing mimic, and can imitate the sound of everything in his home. Tired of repeating the same old noises, he yearns to find out what other voices there are in the big, wide world. But what happens when he suddenly realises that he doesn’t yet have a voice of his own?This fantastic debut by author/illustrator Courtney Dicmas recounts Harold’s hilarious tale. It’s full of colour, humour and invention, and children will love to join in with Harold as he mimics everyday noises.
The illustrations in this book are so colorful and beautiful! This book has lots of different sounds that Harold repeats (as a parrot does), which is fun for little ones. There’s also an overarching theme of the importance of one’s own voice, which I think is valuable.
Courtney Dicmas is a Faculty Instructor of Illustration and Graphic Design at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin. After earning her BA in fine art from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2006, Courtney traveled for five years, where, among her many adventures, she played saxophone in a reggae band in Brazil, taught kids the hokey pokey in South Korea, salted leeches off her ankles in Thailand, and nibbled sheep’s stomach in Iraq. She then spent four years in England, where she received a master’s degree in children’s book illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, before moving back to teach in the U.S. in 2015.