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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  921 Ratings  ·  186 Reviews
Harvey and his little brother are playing in the slushy streets of early spring when they learn, out of the blue, that their father has died of a heart attack. Everything changes and Harvey's favorite movie, The Incredible Shrinking Man, suddenly begins to dominate his fantasy life. When relatives try to get him to look at his father in his coffin, Harvey finds himself dis ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published September 25th 2010 by Groundwood Books (first published 2009)
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
A young boy comes home after playing with his brother and his friends - only to learn that his father has had a fatal heart attack. As the adults around him try to comfort his mother he starts to feel he is disappearing...poignant and powerful.
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I found this book to be quite beautiful and moving. Yes, it is sad but that doesn't make the book as a whole (story and illustrations) any less wonderful. Some comments I have read claim that this book does not have an audience or that it is not appropriate for a young reader but I respectfully disagree. A book like this is appropriate for whoever gets something out of it. Not every 10 yr old will like this book...certainly not! Not every 36 yr old will either. It's a special book and its specia ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Children who are missing their dead fathers
Recommended to K.D. by: Nowhere
One of the 7 books that I bought during the opening day of the 33rd Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) yesterday. I even filed a half-day leave just to be able to catch the best wriggling worms. While strolling around looking for bargain books, I was approached by a gorgeous TV station field reporter of GMA asking for an interview. I thought I'd love to but I remembered my boss did not know the reason for my half-day leave and my wife didn't know that I was there!

I went there with a fellow bo
Josephine (reading in twilight)
To say it was amazing seems bizarre. It affected me greatly. I wanted to cry for Harvey and his realization of his father's passing, but I was in a public place and supposed to be working. I've learned that people frown when you cry while reading Children's books.

This book is never obscene or grotesque, it's obsession is merely slight fixation, and it's dipiction of the deceased is through the mind's eye of a child. Definately alright for younger children who have lost someone or who express an
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I feel really emotional about this book.

My edition is a beautiful little hardback with beautiful endpapers.

I loved reading this book because it has so much atmosphere and depth. The author and illustrator are both from Quebec and it has a distinct Quebecois feel. Slang words, the way the artist draws the streets, it's all there and it's great.

The art in this book -- I asked my wife (who's an artist) about it and she said that it's most likely a print-making process, that many of the images wou
Jackie "the Librarian"
I think this is one of those books that you either love or hate. This story of a boy's childhood in Canada, and what happens when his father dies, has a certain understated sensibility that I didn't connect with.
Muted colors, a slow pace, and wordless passages bringing us in to the setting through illustrations of stylized deconstructions of the village had a quiet, melancholy loveliness. I liked seeing the 50's style hairdos on the ladies, the village priest, and the kids racing toothpicks on
Stephanie Pronovost
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Un magnifique album jeunesse. Il s'agit d'un roman graphique dont les illustrations viennent si bien soutenir la lourdeur de l'histoire, vécue à hauteur d'enfant. Beau, simple et touchant.
Myriam St-Denis Lisée
Livre magnifique, bouleversant, poétique.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
**3.5 stars**

This graphic novel takes a heartbreaking snapshot look at a little boy named Harvey, and the days after his father passes away from a heart attack.

This was a super quick read for me as the author lets the use of illustrations take charge and speak for the majority of the story. Surprisingly I think I spent more time on the pages with zero text just taking in the weight of the pictures and what they symbolized.

The part of this book that made me the most sad was just how innocent th
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-this-year
A captivating little book with beautiful pictures. The story focuses on a young boy's emotions on the sudden death of his father.
Jamie Forrest
I liked this book, although it feels a little unfinished to me. I mean, logically, I understand the ending, but emotionally, I wish there was more to it. It won the Governor General's Award for both text and illustration. It is definitely a unique format for a book... Not quite graphic novel, not quite novel, not quite picture book, not quite wordless book... But a combination of all these...

Well worth a read, but with having read so many really good books lately, a little disappointing.

Also, it
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Beautifully illustrated and written, this story is a child's POV of his father's sudden fatal heart attack. The artist does not use framed images, opting for the page turn to create the closure a reader usually gets between frames. The illustrations have an editorial feel. The entire book seems like a preface or prologue so the ending felt as if the author and illustrator ran of steam to tell the story. There is a sequel planned. The book received the Governor General's Award in Canada.
Sylvain Bérubé
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Histoire d'enfance et de deuil, avec ces questions sans réponse, ces situations sans sens.

May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
This is a beautiful graphic novel about grief and loss from a child's perspective. I would give it 5 stars but for the confusion around its intended audience. The pictures are quite sophisticated but the message is quite simple. I'm not sure a younger child would have the attention span while an older child might get bored. As an adult, I loved it.
I could see reading it to a child who has experienced grief as a discussion starter.
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
A slow, bleak zooming in, moving from gray, snow-swept landscape to a huddle of small houses, a dusty car, a small boy on a bike. So begins "Harvey," narrated, in diary-like form, by a boy of the same name. We are briefly introduced to Harvey’s brother, Cantin, with whom Harvey has a resentful relationship — Cantin is young, but significantly taller, and Harvey hates being small. Harvey’s mother, on the other hand, has an antagonistic relationship with the weather and a fondness for damning ever ...more
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
The book Harvey by Herve Bouchard is about a boy who becomes invisible when his father dies. The main characters of the book are Harvey, his brother Cantin and there mom. The book takes place in the town they live in. The conflict of this book is that Harvey’s father dies and he is too short to see his father for the last time, because he is in the coffin. The story’s resolution is that Harvey’s uncle lifts him up to see this father for the last time and that’s when he becomes invisible.

The bo
Julie Wilson
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
HARVEY is not a book to read if you don't want to be depressed, but it's THE book to read when you are depressed.

If we wanted books to find readers in their own time, the way HARVEY made its way to me is the stuff of book marketers' dreams. A librarian handed me a copy not knowing I had at one time worked for Groundwood Books, just that she thought I'd dig it, nor did she know (or I) that soon there'd be a significant death in the family and that the youth would have trouble understanding the l
jenna nims
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous and moving. My best purchase at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF.)
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bouchard, H. & Nadeau, J. (2009). Harvey. Berkeley, California: Groundwood Books.

Harvey is a school-aged boy. He does kid stuff like have races with his classmates and neighborhood friends. He has concerns about his self-image, like get annoyed that people think his younger brother is actually older than him just because he's taller. He minds his mother, who always seems to be unhappy about everything. One day, when he comes home from racing toothpicks in the gutter with his friends, Harvey
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Words cannot do this book justice. Not even words like "breathtaking" and "heart breaking" and "beautiful" and "poignant". It is all those things, and more.

(Here's my review for my Children's Lit class):

This graphic novel is beyond incredible. The entire time I was reading it I could feel my heart clenching and my stomach felt like it was leaping up into my mouth. I’ve never read anything quite like “Harvey” before. Honestly, it would be impossible for me to compare it to any other children’s
Meaghan Steeves
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story, to say nothing of the artwork! This was absolutely stunning, and so true-to-life. I can hardly wait for the sequel.
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone.
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
I loved everything about this graphic novel - which is a cross between a children's book and a graphic novel. The muted drawings were exactly suited to the text, of a child's experience of loss - since they resembled children's drawings. Even the lettering was perfect - and the drawings of the characters, also referred to the world of childhood.

The book is about loss, and trying to deal with it, from the perspective of a child. The world of the protagonist, Harvey, is portrayed or suggested, wi
Kristen Fiore
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
This graphic novel had adorable art work. The story on the other hand wasn't so adorable. There was this kid named Harvet and he had a little brother. They lived with their mother and father. One day when Harvey and his brother got home from school, they found a bunch of people outside their house and didnt know why that was. Harvey being the older one figured out that even though his fathers car was in the driveway, the father wasn't home. The father suffered from a heart attack. This book demo ...more
Sep 15, 2011 rated it liked it
I read a review of this book and it interested me enough to look for it at the library (can't remember where I read the review, but possibly Booklist).

Harvey is shorter than his younger brother and likes to imagine the life of Scott Carey, a dot he draws on things which represents the Incredible Shrinking Man, but is an otherwise normal little boy, until the day he and his brother arrive home from an afternoon of play to find a silent crowd gathered outside his house. His father has died from a
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found Harvey in the Houston Love Library, in the graphic novel section. To look at the cover, you would have never expected, it to be about death.
This book is great for young children and pre teen, to deal with death. In this novel a little boy name Harvey, deals with the death of his father.
I enjoyed reading this book, it was a quick read. But it was also very sad and depressing. The mother was the most depressing of them all. LOL. But I feel and believe this is the best way to explain deat
Oct 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
Most of the illustrations in this book are just beautiful. However, the illustrations are the only good thing about it. It has a depressing, confusing plot that doesn't get resolved. It just ends, abruptly. Who is supposed to red this book? It's too dark for kids, too simple for adults, and not interesting enough to appeal to teens. "Harvey" cannot be classified as a graphic novel, because it doesn't have boxes or speech bubbles. It's formatted like a too-long picture book, although it's too sho ...more
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Interesting, quick read about different forms of grieving and coping with sadness, and a child's loss of a parent. I thought Nadeau's illustrations suited the story and the setting but weren't spectacular. I liked the way she depicted time passing by repetition with little changes in the pictures. Too metaphorical to be classified as just a "children's book". Glad to hear there is a sequel coming.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Then came the moment to close the coffin. It was an important moment. It was the time for the big separation. Because afterward you would never see the person inside again."


The quality of the paperback stood out as well. Sturdy, thick pages.

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