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Harry is a little boy with a big imagination. One day, a simple game of "don't step on the hot lava" turns into an adventure he'll never forget! This children's picture book features the iconic art of Chris Robertson and has fun simple text perfect for beginning readers and storytime.


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Harry is a little boy with a big imagination. One day, a simple game of "don't step on the hot lava" turns into an adventure he'll never forget! This children's picture book features the iconic art of Chris Robertson and has fun simple text perfect for beginning readers and storytime.

30 review for Harry and the Hot Lava (Xist Children's Books)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melki

    One of my favorite rainy day kid activities was navigating around the living room without once touching floor which was, of course, aboil with molten lava. This game, also known as Why-My-Parents-Couldn't-Have-Nice-Things (Seriously, how was I to know to stupid coffee table wouldn't support my weight? They never used it for coffee anyway!), was and is played universally, I suspect. It seemed to be a prominent part of my kids' playtime. The youngest still enjoys dunking elf-shaped cookies head fi One of my favorite rainy day kid activities was navigating around the living room without once touching floor which was, of course, aboil with molten lava. This game, also known as Why-My-Parents-Couldn't-Have-Nice-Things (Seriously, how was I to know to stupid coffee table wouldn't support my weight? They never used it for coffee anyway!), was and is played universally, I suspect. It seemed to be a prominent part of my kids' playtime. The youngest still enjoys dunking elf-shaped cookies head first into "lava" that looks suspiciously like a glass of milk. (Their little elfish screams are pitiful, I tell you...) Robertson is obviously familiar with the inner workings of his inner child and manages to capture this frenetic activity beautifully on the page. It's impossible not to get caught up in all the excitement generated by Harry's wonderful imagination. Now if you'll excuse me, I think I still might be able to make the leap from the couch to the love seat...

  2. 5 out of 5

    JESSICA

    My two sons and husband love playing "Floor is lava!" So, it was nice surprise coming across this one. My 4 year old son loved this book! We read it twice. Short story with gorgeous illustrations.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Chris Robertson has written and illustrated a wonderfully whimsical picture book that has the main character, Harry, frantically attempting to avoid the hot lava which is flowing all over the floors in his house. We see Harry (inspired by the author’s own son, Benton) ducking into the bathtub, jumping onto a coffee table, trying to balance on one unaffected tile in the kitchen, and cowering on the top bunk of a bunkbed trying to escape the dangerous red-hot liquid. Phew! Even I was nervous for t Chris Robertson has written and illustrated a wonderfully whimsical picture book that has the main character, Harry, frantically attempting to avoid the hot lava which is flowing all over the floors in his house. We see Harry (inspired by the author’s own son, Benton) ducking into the bathtub, jumping onto a coffee table, trying to balance on one unaffected tile in the kitchen, and cowering on the top bunk of a bunkbed trying to escape the dangerous red-hot liquid. Phew! Even I was nervous for the little boy in the story (don’t worry, nobody gets harmed!) The book features the amazing artistry of Chris Robinson who has most recently penned and illustrated the widely-acclaimed picture book My Yellow Umbrella. In his distinctive style, Robertson has us leaping, ducking, and carefully avoiding “the hottest most dangerous liquid known to man” along with Harry. FANTASTIC ILLUSTRATIONS! As an extra delight, the author even makes a cameo appearance in the book at the very end. My Bottom Line: Harry and the Hot Lava is a wonderfully-illustrated and highly imaginative journey into the mind of Harry, a young boy playing “don’t step in the lava” – a timeless game with many variations, gleefully played by children all over the world. I highly recommend this clever book to children ages 3 to 8 and encourage parents to feed their own imaginations and join their kids in a game of “Don’t Step In The Lava!”

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tonja Drecker

    Watch out! The hot lava's coming!!! Did you bounce from table to couch or pillow to pillow to escape hot lava as a kid? This story brings back those wonderful days of imagination (for us adults, at least). For kids, this is exactly the thing they love to play. Run! The hot lava's here! This is a lovely story for children of all ages, which hits them in a world they understand - play time fantasy. The illustrations are colorful and fun to watch. . .especially when Harry screams 'Hot Lava!' All my Watch out! The hot lava's coming!!! Did you bounce from table to couch or pillow to pillow to escape hot lava as a kid? This story brings back those wonderful days of imagination (for us adults, at least). For kids, this is exactly the thing they love to play. Run! The hot lava's here! This is a lovely story for children of all ages, which hits them in a world they understand - play time fantasy. The illustrations are colorful and fun to watch. . .especially when Harry screams 'Hot Lava!' All my nieces and nephews squealed with delight and asked to read it again and again just so they could scream with Harry. In other words. this is a terrific picture book that I can really recommend for all children. It's simply fun to read. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    Harry and the Hot Lava is a whimsical tale of a little boy and his wildly imaginative adventure through a hot lava river that has swept through his home. This simple story takes "don't step on the crack..." to a whole new level. The author uses creativity and humor to capture the attention of young readers and the story is sure to become a treasure of children and parents alike. One of my favorite aspects of the story are the vividly colorful illustrations which are fun and engaging. I am a big f Harry and the Hot Lava is a whimsical tale of a little boy and his wildly imaginative adventure through a hot lava river that has swept through his home. This simple story takes "don't step on the crack..." to a whole new level. The author uses creativity and humor to capture the attention of young readers and the story is sure to become a treasure of children and parents alike. One of my favorite aspects of the story are the vividly colorful illustrations which are fun and engaging. I am a big fan of Chris Robertson and his newest book Harry and the Hot Lava does not disappoint. Be sure to pick up your copy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    This is very good and the pictures are great, too! Enjoy!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Keri

    My four year old loves playing “hot lava” in the house and watching the show on Netflix that came out this past summer. When I saw this book in the scholastic catalog I knew she needed it. The pictures are great and the writing is simple. Not my favorite bedtime book but my daughter really liked it. 4 year old’s review Did you like this book? 4: Yes! Would you want to read it again? 4: Yes!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    As a child I remember playing this game but as the world changes I can't honestly remember my children doing so. This and don't step on the cracks, such simple things that kept us occupied. Time for a revival I think.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura Forsyth

    Good book I like how you not only put in a lot of details about the dream. You also told about his normal life and how it was a dream. You also told us who he got that from. I think this book was a good thing to spend time on.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ElizrdbthSpeaks

    trying to rack my mind this early Saturday morning ...why and what is making me think of this book cover??! i can not pull it out ... a movie? i don't enjoy horror movies??! any who ... what a great fun and amazingly illustrated book. so well done. enjoyable and quick. must read!! loved it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leslie H De Jesus

    She liked it Good fun read helps little ones see the power in imagination and play maybe we will move from being pirates on the ocean after this one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hollygolightly74

    Super cute and simple! Great for all ages. My kiddo loves lava and I like that this reinforces imaginary play like this. Highly recommended,

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica S

    Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author. This in no way affected my review, nor am I being compensated for it. The first thing I noticed about this book, aside from the great pictures, was the word choice. It's great for children, and it really fits the story. Though the ever changing font was a bit jarring and sometimes unnecessary (in my opinion), it was a huge hindrance. The ending was incredibly abrupt and felt a bit awkward. I think that was sort of the purpose, but I think it pr Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author. This in no way affected my review, nor am I being compensated for it. The first thing I noticed about this book, aside from the great pictures, was the word choice. It's great for children, and it really fits the story. Though the ever changing font was a bit jarring and sometimes unnecessary (in my opinion), it was a huge hindrance. The ending was incredibly abrupt and felt a bit awkward. I think that was sort of the purpose, but I think it probably could have been done better. I have to say though, the last page of the story was awesome. I absolutely loved that, and I feel like it might stem from Robertson's own adventures and fun times with his son, to whom the book is dedicated. My favorite aspect of the book would have to be how it made me remember the fun times I had as a child playing "Lava." While that version was a bit different from the one in this story, it was nice to reminisce about those times. To be honest, I didn't even think that kids these days played "Lava" anymore because I see so many of them with cell phones/smart phones already (what?!), so this was a nice way to see that there are some children out there that do still have extremely active imaginations and are learning to play without technology and only with what they have around them. Another great picture book from Chris Robertson--one that's sure not to disappoint.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    As a mother, I am familiar with the game that has my children setting up obstacle courses in the family room, and then jumping from couch to pillow to cushion to chair and back to the couch without touching the shark-invested water, or perhaps lava, that is the floor. It's a fun game ~ until they try to play it at the grocery store! Harry and the Hot Lava is a sizzling new picture book by Chris Robertson about a little boy with a big imagination who loves to play this Hot Lava game too. But with As a mother, I am familiar with the game that has my children setting up obstacle courses in the family room, and then jumping from couch to pillow to cushion to chair and back to the couch without touching the shark-invested water, or perhaps lava, that is the floor. It's a fun game ~ until they try to play it at the grocery store! Harry and the Hot Lava is a sizzling new picture book by Chris Robertson about a little boy with a big imagination who loves to play this Hot Lava game too. But with Harry, we get to see the lava of his imagination in shocking color throughout the book. In addition to Harry's wonderful face and gestures, Robertson uses text in various shapes and sizes to add a whimsical and fun feel to the book. He really takes the reader into Harry's imaginative world. This is a wonderfully simple picture book with vivid illustrations that will definitely appeal to young kids, especially those with an imagination like Harry's.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marilou George

    Chris Robertson delivers an imaginative and playful tale of a boy named Harry, who is determined to avoid the hot lava that seems to be following him everywhere. The Author’s illustrations are beautifully adapted to the story, and we can see and almost feel the hot lava as Harry struggles to make his way to the safety of his Mom. The character of Harry is inspired by, and dedicated to, his son Benton; the author makes an appearance at the end of the book, joining in the fun and imaginative story. Chris Robertson delivers an imaginative and playful tale of a boy named Harry, who is determined to avoid the hot lava that seems to be following him everywhere. The Author’s illustrations are beautifully adapted to the story, and we can see and almost feel the hot lava as Harry struggles to make his way to the safety of his Mom. The character of Harry is inspired by, and dedicated to, his son Benton; the author makes an appearance at the end of the book, joining in the fun and imaginative story. The author validates the importance of parents in helping their children to develop their imagination, and encouraging them by joining in the fun. I highly recommend this book for children and their parents as encouragement to spend time together in a world they create. The most enjoyable times I had with my son when he was young were engaging in all his creative games, and just letting go and enjoying his company. These are truly the times my son and I will always remember.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dena (Batch of Books)

    There is no denying that I love Chris Robertson. I love his artwork and the way he captures childhood in the pages of a book. Harry and the Hot Lava is a charming picture book about a young boy with a wild imagination. Kids will love this simple story that depicts a common childhood game requiring nothing more than the desire to play. Kids will enjoy the familiar theme and the bright colors of the illustrations. My kids are big fans of Chris Robertson and they always ask to read his books over a There is no denying that I love Chris Robertson. I love his artwork and the way he captures childhood in the pages of a book. Harry and the Hot Lava is a charming picture book about a young boy with a wild imagination. Kids will love this simple story that depicts a common childhood game requiring nothing more than the desire to play. Kids will enjoy the familiar theme and the bright colors of the illustrations. My kids are big fans of Chris Robertson and they always ask to read his books over and over again. His illustrations remind me of cartoons from when I was little, yet they are fresh and modern enough to appeal to my kids as well. Honestly, you can't go wrong with one of Chris Robertson's books. Source: The author sent a digital copy of this book to me in exchange for an honest review. My blog: Batch of Books

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Dickson

    Harry is a little boy with a big imagination. (I wrote that before I read the book description, and I'm keeping it!) Join Harry as he battles his way through the perilous fields of lava. Who will save him? Like the author's fabulous "My Yellow Umbrella", "Harry and the Hot Lava" celebrates childhood imagination and play, but this time from a boy's point-of-view. And of course, boys love adventure. Full of the author-illustrator's wonderful images and graphics, this book is sure to become a favori Harry is a little boy with a big imagination. (I wrote that before I read the book description, and I'm keeping it!) Join Harry as he battles his way through the perilous fields of lava. Who will save him? Like the author's fabulous "My Yellow Umbrella", "Harry and the Hot Lava" celebrates childhood imagination and play, but this time from a boy's point-of-view. And of course, boys love adventure. Full of the author-illustrator's wonderful images and graphics, this book is sure to become a favorite with your little guy ... or girl. Just out of interest, Harry is based on the author's son, and the author himself also makes an appearance. Another winner! I received this book in return for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Athena Nagel

    I have read and reviewed several of Chris' books and love them all. They are perfect for children to just get lost in their imagination. Although I love all of Chris' books this one totally hit home. I have an autistic son who is 13 and he is just like Harry. He is always living in some imaginary situation and I often find him in closets, under the kitchen table, behind the couch, or standing on his bed. Harry is running and hiding from lava that is following him no matter where he goes in searc I have read and reviewed several of Chris' books and love them all. They are perfect for children to just get lost in their imagination. Although I love all of Chris' books this one totally hit home. I have an autistic son who is 13 and he is just like Harry. He is always living in some imaginary situation and I often find him in closets, under the kitchen table, behind the couch, or standing on his bed. Harry is running and hiding from lava that is following him no matter where he goes in search of the safety of his mother. And of course the story has fantastic illustrations to go with the experience. I totally recommend this for young children.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Unsworth

    A colourful and striking picture book. Harry imagines hot lava is on the loose, running through his house. Reading this book reminded me of when children have a what we used to call in our house a 'mad half-hour', running,chasing, screeching and laughing, the type of behaviour that makes parents quickly say 'okay now, lets just sit quietly and look at some books.' The illustrations in Harry and the Hot Lava are cute, colourful, dynamic and very well drawn. However the story is minimal, not really A colourful and striking picture book. Harry imagines hot lava is on the loose, running through his house. Reading this book reminded me of when children have a what we used to call in our house a 'mad half-hour', running,chasing, screeching and laughing, the type of behaviour that makes parents quickly say 'okay now, lets just sit quietly and look at some books.' The illustrations in Harry and the Hot Lava are cute, colourful, dynamic and very well drawn. However the story is minimal, not really a story at all. I somehow think that once the impact of first seeing it was over it's not a book that could be read over again very much. Great fun, though. 3.5 stars

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sara Bland

    This book brought me back to my childhood memories of playing lava around the house--don't touch certain spots on the floor or you're touching lava! The style of writing is fantastic; weaving in and out of the lava as if it is also afraid. Illustrations are awesome and feature a consistent color theme throughout. The plot is lacking a bit, though, which is why I only gave it three out of five stars. I would recommend this to new readers and children who have a short attention span. There is no w This book brought me back to my childhood memories of playing lava around the house--don't touch certain spots on the floor or you're touching lava! The style of writing is fantastic; weaving in and out of the lava as if it is also afraid. Illustrations are awesome and feature a consistent color theme throughout. The plot is lacking a bit, though, which is why I only gave it three out of five stars. I would recommend this to new readers and children who have a short attention span. There is no way not to pay attention to this one!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Ward

    This is the first Chris Robertson book I've read and I can tell you, I'm now a fan. This is a wonderful picture book for young children. The illustrations are fantastic with viewpoints from unique angles and scenes from interesting perspectives. This clever story of a boy with a fantastic imagination is such fun to read. My toddler makes me read it over and over again. Even though we know exactly what is going to happen, the suspense builds expertly each time we read it. Recommended!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shauna

    What a DARLING BOOK! Get caught up in the game... Something is very strange about Harry's house... Something is going on indeed! It seems to be ALL OVER... LOOK OUT! It's HOT LAVA! Come join Harry... "QUICK! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! JUMP OUT OF THE WAY! SAVE YOURSELF!" CUTEST ILLUSTRATIONS! FUN SURPRISE ENDING :) WARNING: Playing will commence after reading this book~

  23. 4 out of 5

    David Emmanuel Agreda

    It is a clear example of the imagination of children, making them see and feel things that are only in your imagination. In this case, the child's imagination was an inheritance from her father's imagination. Or perhaps following the example of him.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Deb Smith

    My Grandchild Loves This Book! She is six and just learning to read and this book is her speed. She has an active imagination which is stimulated by the hero of this book. The story, it's simple illustra- tions, and choice of words make this book a favorite of hers.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    Great book this is a wonderful book to read with any young children. most people at some point in their lives play the hot lava game and I think it is quite interesting s ting to see it as a book

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Stiles

    Harry takes us on an adventure through his house as it fills with hot lava. We travel with him until he jumps into his mom's armas and we learn his imagination is a large as his fathers. This is a really cute book. I loved the kid's imagination. We need more kids to use their imagination

  27. 4 out of 5

    RJ

    Graphics were good. There was no real plot. If the story had said the boy was playing a game that his father taught him then it would have made sense. It ends with his mom telling him that he's like his dad. Is that a good thing?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Cute From my 8 year old son: I liked the hot lava and how lava was everywhere in his house and his imagination. he was funny.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marco Estrella

    Awesome imagination Harry Love the drama, the suspense, the thrills and chills of one kids imagination, my daughter loved the illustrations and funny ending.

  30. 5 out of 5

    karey davis-ashcraft

    Quick and cute! I read to my grandkids and they have very short attention spans! So for them the best book has to have few words and lots of pictures! This one is Perfect!

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