Harris the Hero

A Puffin's Adventure

Lynne Rickards; Illustrated by Gabby Grant

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Quick Look

  • A fun rhyming picture book about a puffin who helps a lost baby seal and makes some great friends along the way.
  • Gabby Grant's lively illustrations bring the lovable characters from Scottish sea life to life.
  • Set in Scotland on the Isle of May.

Harris the puffin helps a lost baby seal, with help from some other animal friends. Brilliant rhyming text carries this story along.

254 x 210 mm
Floris Books
Picture Kelpies
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
32 pages
Publication date:
21 Mar 2013
Picture Kelpies


Harris the puffin is lonely and at a loose end. He sets out travelling, looking for adventure and meets a lost baby seal. Harris bravely helps his new young companion, but they run into trouble. Then a happy crowd of Scottish sea life pitches in: an eiderduck, a dolphin, otters and some fish. And there are more new friends to come ...

Lynne Rickards' rollicking rhymes are matched by the verve and character of Gabby Grant's loveable illustrations.

Set in Scotland on the Isle of May.

From the team who brought you Lewis Clowns Around.


'The book is written in rhyming couplets by Lynne Rickards and is delightfully illustrated by Gabby Grant.'
-- Lothian Life

'The book is melodic to read, with lively, colourful pictures... It is a happy book with a strong humorous vein. This would be a good 'read aloud' book, but also a moderate reader could enjoy learning the words and phrases helped by the rhythmic text.'
-- Armadillo Magazine

'The animals are charming and the pathos of the baby seal gives quite an emotional tug. A light airy touch with colour allows the sense of space and fresh sea breezes through.'
-- Books for Keeps

'You could spend hours poring over the illustrations alone in this book, as it is full of superb pictures giving us a bird's-eye view of landscapes and stunning shorelines and seascapes. The enormous attention to detail in the portrayal of all the different birds and animals means we have a real feast for the eye here.'
-- The School Librarian

'Written in a lovely rich rhyme, this is a delightful story, with a gentle underpinning message about how, through helping others, we can often help ourselves. Bright colourful illustrations add warmth and gentleness to a lovely tale. This picture book is particularly suitable for reading aloud and sharing together.'
-- Carousel

'A sweet picture book, especially for children who love puffins and birds.'
--Youth Services Book Review

'Lynne Rickards and Gabby Grant make the concept of helping others fun and palpable for preschoolers and elementary school age children!'
--The Reading Castle Blog


Lynne Rickards was born in Canada and has called Scotland home for over twenty years. She grew up reading Dr Seuss books and as a result she enjoys writing in rhyme. Lynne is the author of many much-loved picture books including Lewis Clowns Around, Harris the Hero, Skye the Puffling, Rowan the Red Squirrel and Willow the Wildcat. Lynne lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

Gabby Grant studied illustration at Westminster University, London. She combines illustration with graphic design and prop-making for TV and film, and has worked on programmes ranging from Newsnight to Harry Hill's TV Burp. She is the illustrator of two other Picture Kelpies, The Big Bottom Hunt by Lari Don, and Lewis Clowns Around by Lynne Rickards.


Harris the Hero is in Floris Books' range of Picture Kelpie Scottish children's picture books. Parents of young children might also enjoy the dedicated Picture Kelpies website. Download and print out games, colouring and jokes for your children based on Picture Kelpie favourites, and find out more about these quality Scottish picture books to enjoy together.


Don't miss the other brilliant story by Lynne Rickards and Gabby Grant, about Harris's brother Lewis:
Lewis Clowns Around

Also illustrated by Gabby Grant:
The Big Bottom Hunt

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