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Luke on the Loose

(TOON Books)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  358 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Luke looks on at the pigeons in Central Park, while Dad is lost in "boring Daddy talk," and before you know it—LUKE IS ON THE LOOSE! He's free as a bird, on a hilarious solo flight through New York City.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by TOON Books (first published 2009)
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Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Luke's dad runs into a friend in Central Park. The two dads talk, and Luke gets bored. So Luke takes off after the pigeons, eventually chasing them all over Manhattan and across the East River into Brooklyn. The comic book is the perfect medium for Luke's zany antics, and the sound effects they entail: EEK! AAAH! YAAAH!

I also like that Luke and his dad are an African American family having a universal experience. Trust me when I say that black kids, and especially black boys, are underrepresente
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
While his father is engaged in some boring dad talk, Luke takes off after a pigeon, and winds up running amok through the city. Cute, though I prefer Bliss's comics for adults.
Eva Mitnick
Feb 24, 2009 rated it liked it
In this graphic novel for beginning readers, Luke gets away from his dad at a park and chases a long-suffering flock of pigeons all over NYC, causing much chaos. It reminds a bit of Once Upon a Banana by Armstrong but is not so madcap. This is fun but the illustrations are a bit flat, given the surreal nature of Luke's adventures (he achieves almost super-human feats of leaping and climbing). Still, a fine offering from the folks at TOON Books.
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations in this book are phenomenal and they need to be to show the audience all of the reactions to Luke running loose through the city. The dialogue is simple and the pictures tell more than enough, making it a great graphic novel for younger readers.
Ashtin Flener
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Luke on the Loose is the exciting adventure of a boy who is utterly bored with listening to grown up talk when his dad runs into an adult friend in the park. While his dad is engaging in grown up talk, Luke is whisked away by his fascination with all of the pigeons. Luke goes on to see and experience many exciting adventures once he is separated from his Dad and all that boring stuff. This is such a cool book for young readers, and more specifically young readers who absolutely DO NOT consider t ...more
Carly Kleve
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Luke is a small boy who loves pigeons. One day, he runs from his parents in the park because he wants to chase pigeons. He chases them all around the city, getting in the way of other people's lives. His parents are very worried. They notify the police, the news, and friends.

The author used small speech and thought bubbles to express how the characters felt. The thoughts were italicized which made it clear which ones were thoughts and which were actual words. It was interesting how the author ch
May 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
The TOON Book idea was simple. Produce books for early readers in a comic book format, as created by a variety of different author/illustrators. Cat in the Hat with speech bubbles, if you will. The problem? Children's authors often say that novels are easy and picture books are hard. I'd take that one step further. Picture books are hard but easy books are near impossible. To be truly great you have to reinvent the genre. Seuss did. Mo Willems certainly has with his Elephant and Piggie. And unti ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: l-graphic-novels
Association for Library Service to Children's Graphic Novels Reading List 2013, 2014, and 2016
School Library Journal Best Comics for Kids 2009
A Junior Library Guild Selection
2) K-2
3) A young boy named Luke is quite the handful for his father not because Luke wants to be difficult for his father but because he is just so fascinated by pigeons and will do anything to hold them, fly with them and be around the. Join Luke as he is constantly breaking free from his father's supervision in different
Alyssa Clark
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
1. Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss has won two honors. The first is, the Association for Library Service to Children's Graphic Novels Reading List in 2013, 2014, and 2016. The second is, the 2009 School Library Journal Best Comics for Kids.
2. I think this book is appropriate for kindergarten and first grade.
3. In this graphic novel, Luke escapes his father's boring dad talk when he is captivated by some cooing pigeons. Luke travels from the park across the city in hopes of catching one of these
Marissa Ebert
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This book has not won any awards.

"Luke on the Loose" is appropriate for first and second grade students.

This book is about a young boy named Luke who goes off on a chase to find pigeons. He separates from his father and his father calls the police to help him find Luke. Luke disrupts many different people as he chases the pigeons, and he ends up on the roof. He is saved though, and returned back into his father's care.

This book takes the reader on a fun, fast paced trip through the city with a
Nicole Keenan
Luke on the loose is a fiction, graphic novel which is targeting the grade levels of K-3. This book is about a Boy that chases Pigeons then continues to follow them and runs away from his dad and is now on the loose in New York City. The text to self -shows that even though you have a liking for a certain object it’s not always the best idea to follow that object. Maybe I like a shirt while shopping but it is way over priced so it is not the best idea to buy it. The text to text teaches children ...more
Carol Scrimgeour
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not sure I had more fun reading this early graphic novel, or searching for all the comic book/literary characters and authors Bliss paid homage to. Within the pages I found cameo appearances of Captain Haddock and Tintin, even Snowy, Olive Oyl, The Hulk, Frankenstein? (driving a taxi), Tibor Gergely of The Fire Engine Book (license plate on the fire truck), the dragon in Harold and the Purple Crayon (near the end in the park), an older Tintin looking out the window?, and probably more I have mis ...more
Luke on the Loose
Written and Illustrated By: Harry Bliss
Fountas & Pinnell: J
Book Level: 1st Grade

Book Summary: While his dad is talking to a friend, Luke see’s and takes off after some pigeons without a care in the world while his dad is frantically looking for him.

Genre: Graphic Novel and Picture Book
This is a graphic novel due to it being laid out like a comic book but in hardcover book form.
This is a picture book due to it's main medium being a comic book, which has frames and pictures
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: teaching-reading
“Luke on the Loose” by Harris Bliss, published by Toon Books; copyright 2009

1. Awards: No awards.
2. Appropriate grade level: K-2nd grade
3. Summary: When Luke’s father decides to talk with a friend, Luke decides to have fun of his own. After Luke chases some pigeons he gets separated from his dad! The book follows Luke and his Dad as they try and find each other.
4. Review: I didn’t particularly like this book because it doesn’t teach much between Luke’s bad decisions and the lack of text. Howe
Nicole B.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Luke on the Loose, takes place in Central Park, New York. As Luke’s dad engages in “boring dad talk,” Luke discovers the pigeons. Throughout the story, Luke causes chaos in the city as he chases the pigeons. Luke’s dad is in big trouble with Luke’s mom for losing their son.

Beginning readers will love this story! It is funny and relatable (mostly because of “adult talk”). Recommended by ALSC Graphic Novel Reading List - K-2. I will be adding this fun graphic novel to my kindergarten classroom li
Lauren Tortorello
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
A boy name Luke is busy looking at pigeons in Central Park. While he is doing this his dad is preoccupied in a grown-up conversation. Before he knows it, Luke has wondered off on the loose looking following birds through Central Park.

This book is simple and great for early readers. It teaches children the many dangers of what can happen if you wander off away from your parents. Children get the chance to see where Luke ends up once he gets separated from his father.

Would pair with "Rick and Ra
For those early readers looking for a graphic novel - here is a good one - not too long. While his dad is doing the boring dad talk with another adult (I know you kids can relate), Luke is distracted by one thing only - catching up with the pigeons. He is oblivious to everything else, and he travels across the city with the hopes of catching them. You'll laugh at the mischief he leaves in his wake.
Annie O'Hare
This is a great book if you enjoy reading graphic novels. The main character Luke, leaves his father while at the park to chase some birds. While reading this book, the audience will explore New York through the lens of Luke as he is eventually found by his father. This is an adventurous book with great illustrations.
Samantha DeVoir
This was bizarre. It just involved Luke chasing birds and not caring that he was running away in the process. Totally unsafe, and he was screaming the whole time. Considering my oldest is 5, this was a terrible book for us because I don't want my kids running away, chasing things, or screaming like a banshee. They also didn't seem to enjoy it much.
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
You don’t have to cut to the chase scene in this short comic. It’s all chase scene. A toddler takes off after a flock of pigeons in Manhattan, chases them over the East River to Brooklyn, where he finally falls asleep with them atop a water tower.
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Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I feel like this book would have actually been better with no words so that the reader would have had to construct their own story.
Jillian Heise
I'm not sure I think the underlying message of this book is worthwhile to have in our collection.
Zarina Brown
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a graphic novel for younger kids and is a simple easy read. It starts with Luke in the park with his dad and his friend. Luke only heard gibberish from them and got distracted by the pigeons. He followed the pigeons all over the city , until he chased them all the way up a roof. While all this was happening, his dad called his wife and the police so that they could search for him. A lady saw Luke on the roof and called the police. Luke was then found asleep with the birds on the roof and ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
Luke on the Loose is a TOON Book - a story for new readers told in comic format by Harry Bliss. At the park, Luke gets tired of listening to his father’s boring adult conversation with a friend. Unable to take it any longer, he takes off after some pigeons, calling out “Yaaaaah!” as he goes. While his dad enlists the police to track him down, Luke knocks over a bicyclist, interrupts a marriage proposal, and finally climbs onto a roof to take a nap, creating a frenzy at every point on his journey ...more
We've been going through a few of those new Toon Books, and they're actually a welcome change from the ancient early readers that we otherwise typically manage to find at the library (as good as Henry and Mudge: The First Book may be). This one is really easy, mostly very basic words, but there's also quite a bit of onomatopoeia. There isn't much to the story: a little boy wanders away from his daddy, chasing pigeons, creating quite the implausible ruckus in the process. It's not terribly creati ...more
Jeannene Egan
Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss is a graphic novel. It is a cute story about a boy chasing pigeons while his father talks “grown up talk” with another dad. This book almost seems like a lesson for parents while it shows the adventure of the young boy.
Text to self – Luke in this graphic novel reminds me of a girl I tutor. When her mom and I are talking she will start off by standing with us, but end up running off and doing her own thing. Although it is not as extreme as Luke it reminds me of hi
Ally Copper
“Luke on the Loose” by Harry Bliss is a Toon Book title about a little boy who is bored listening to his dad talk about boring dad stuff so he begins chasing pigeons. And when Luke begins his pursuit of pigeons, he just doesn’t stop. No one thinks he will go far because he is just a kid, but Luke runs across New York City trying to catch the pigeons. He wreaks havoc as he runs through traffic, past pedestrians, and through a restaurant. This easy-reader will be excellent for pre-kindergarten thr ...more
Matthew Hunter
ALSC Recommended Graphic Novel Reading List - K-2. Choose your own cautionary tale. Option 1, Parent distractedly at your own risk! Option 2, Teach your kiddos to look both ways when chasing pigeons across busy intersections! Option 3, Pigeon fetishes can annoy! Option 4, Dads, you should actually run after your children if you see them running away! Option 5, Don't pop the question when a 5-year-old boy with the speed of Usain Bolt, a one-word vocabulary (YAAH!), and pigeon-lust is in the area. ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Luke on the Loose is one of the charming Toon easy to read comics, and this title lives up to the excellence that they are known to produce. While his father is having a boring adult discussion, Luke takes off chasing the Central Park pigeons out of the park all the way to Brooklyn. Luke is so busy following his pigeons that he doesn’t realize how far he’s gone or how much worry he has put his parents through. It all ends well when an observant citizen sees him climb the roof of a nearby buildi ...more
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Harry Bliss grew up in upstate New York in a family of successful painters and illustrators, so it wasn’t any surprise that he, too, went on to study painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and illustration at the University of the Arts and Syracuse University. He has illustrated numerous book covers and is a cartoonist and cover artist for THE NEW YORKER magazine. In the tradition o ...more

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