Bailey, Review and Back-to-School Giveaway

by Dawn

It’s back to school time for kids of all ages, and in Bailey, a fun new picture book from Harry Bliss, the kids at Champlain Elementary School are joined by a furry friend.

Meet Bailey, a dog who surprises and charms his fellow human classmates with his irrepressible antics. In this funny new book from the bestselling children’s illustrator Harry Bliss, school proves to be an unexpected place for Bailey to do all sorts of things he loves: reading, fetching, painting, digging, singing — and making friends!

From chasing the bus in the morning (because he was running late) to chewed up homework (the dog ate his own!), Bailey’s school adventures are funny, and what young child wouldn’t love to have an adorable canine classmate like him? Math, art, lunch and recess are among his favorite times of day, which no doubt will be something many kids can relate to. Short lines of text move the story along, but the details are in the “speech bubbles” that appear in all the illustrations. The inner thoughts of some children are shown, as well as the conversations that are had by the students and teachers at school, and it’s clear that Bailey has a great impact upon this school community! Harry Bliss’s humor shines here, guaranteeing giggles from the children who hear or read it. Attention teachers, this picture book will definitely make for a great read aloud option during this time of year!

Want to see Bailey in action? Check out the cute short book trailer:

Feeling dog-gone lucky? We’re happy to have three chances for you to win a copy of Bailey by Harry Bliss, along with a $25 Visa Gift Card, perfect for last minute school supply shopping. Please leave a comment here to be entered, U.S. mailing addresses only. We will announce our winners on September 26.

The winner of Where You Left Me is #29, Natalie Krusemeier.

5 Minutes for Books staff reviewer Dawn is experiencing her own back to school fun these days, with her return to teaching preschool. Sadly, there are no canine members of her class. She does still strive to blog again someday at my thoughts exactly, once she gets this full-time work thing down again.



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When she's not reviewing books, 5 Minutes for Books contributor Dawn (and her online alter ego, morninglight mama) can be found blogging at my thoughts exactly and contributing to The DC Moms.

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1 Selene M. September 12, 2011 at 6:07 am

The book sounds great and I’d love to with the gc. Thanks for hosting.

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2 Larri September 12, 2011 at 6:35 am

My daughter would love this book! What a cute dog! Thanks for sharing the great giveaway. ☺

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3 Jawan September 12, 2011 at 7:31 am

What a sweet giveaway! My children would really enjoy this book and I, being a teacher, would love to read it to them as well as spend me some money!

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4 Beth
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September 12, 2011 at 8:13 am

This book looks adorable. Would be perfect to help my PreK son with his fears and to get ready for kindergarten next year. Thanks for the opportunity.

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5 Jenn September 12, 2011 at 9:06 am

We’ve just started preschool around here and my kids are fascinated by all things “school” this book is sure to be a hit with them! I’ll add it to our list of books to find…

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6 Kristin September 12, 2011 at 10:06 am

looks cute!

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7 LT September 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

What a cute book! I think my new Kindergartener would love it!

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8 kathleen September 12, 2011 at 10:21 am

that book looks adorable, perfect for my back to school-er!

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9 Kristie September 12, 2011 at 10:37 am

This looks like such a cute book!! Thank you for the chance to win! :-)

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10 Paige September 12, 2011 at 10:39 am

What a great story and a fantastic author to feature. I love the illustrations. Count me in!

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11 Jessie C. September 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

Lovely book! DDs would be thrilled to have it.

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12 cory September 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

my daughter just started school. we could definitely use this book
mychancetowin at gmail dot com

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13 Mami2jcn September 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Bailey is adorable! My daughter would love this book.

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14 Karen September 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I have 3 preschool grandchildren (so far) and would love this book to read to them when they start school.

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15 Vilmarys September 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm

My daughter would love this since she loves anything that has dogs in it. Thanks for the chance!

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16 Cindi September 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I adore Scholastic Books! This book would be very welcome in our
dog-loving home. The trailer for the book is fabulous and I like how
Bailey draws bones on the chalkboard for Math…Thanks for the
chance to win this delightful family book and Visa Gift Card!
Both would be very much appreciated!
Cindi

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17 JoannaTopazT September 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Sounds like a fun book that my daughter would enjoy!

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18 Liz September 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Think my home schooling niece would like this book very much.

Thanks for the chance to get it for her. Please enter my name.

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19 Ruthie B September 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm

My 5year old grandson just started Kindergarten last month & would love this! Thanks!

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20 semi-crunchy momma September 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I’d love to win this for my 5 year old!!!

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21 Dawn September 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Congratulations, you’ve been randomly selected as one of our winners. Please email me your mailing information to morninglightmama (at) gmail (dot) com.

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22 Martha September 12, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I’m a children’s librarian and always looking for books that encourage kids to learn math and science in fun ways. This is sooo cute! I’d love t win a copy!

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23 jenna September 12, 2011 at 10:48 pm

This sounds a lot like what our mornings look like, and we have a dog! (not named Bailey tho). Please enter me to win – thanks!

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24 Some Lucky Dog September 13, 2011 at 1:57 am

I think my grandson would be best friends with Bailey! He’d love this book!
someluckydog at gmail dot com

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25 Terra Heck September 13, 2011 at 3:38 am

This looks like a cute book for kids. Please enter me. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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26 djackson1958 September 13, 2011 at 7:27 am

ollie would love this book
debbie jackson
djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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27 CrystalGB September 13, 2011 at 8:07 am

This book sounds wonderful. Thank you for the great giveaway.

Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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28 Kathy Stevenson September 13, 2011 at 8:12 am

Looks like a cute book!

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29 Colleen September 13, 2011 at 8:57 am

My grand daughter would love this book! It would also be a great addition to my preschool reading library.

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30 Beth C September 13, 2011 at 9:12 am

Please enter me. Sounds like such a fun book.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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31 Shari September 13, 2011 at 10:48 am

That looks like a great book — my nephew would love it!

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32 LaVonne
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September 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Great giveaway! Thanks, that book is something my preschooler would love.

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33 June September 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Great book for the kido’s.

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34 Staci A September 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm

This sounds like such a cute book! I’d love to share it with my son!

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35 Tracey September 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

My daughter would love this book. Bailey is adorable and so relatable!

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36 HappyMomC September 13, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Would love to win!

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37 Lanna September 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I’d love to give this to a little boy whose parents
I’ve watched grow into beautiful adults.

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38 Maureen September 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm

My boys would so love this book, especially since my mom’s dog (whom they love!) is named Bailey. Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

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39 Cori Westphal September 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Awesome! Thank yoU!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

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40 Idaho Jill September 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Our dog’s name is Bailey – would love this! thanks!

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41 Carolyn September 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm

What a great giveaway! Please count me in!

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42 Rondah September 13, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Great giveaway!!
Please enter me!
rjs682 at yahoo dot com

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43 Charity Lo Giudice September 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

My daughter would like this book. She loves dogs and it looks really sweet. I would love the gift card too! Thanks.

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44 Britt T. September 14, 2011 at 11:54 am

My cousins would love this! Count me in please.

brittany_tucker@aol.com

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45 Elizabeth September 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm

What an adorable book! My daughter would love it.

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46 Jackie September 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I’ve been hearing great things about this book. I’d love to win a copy for my boys!!!

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47 Deb September 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Bailey is adorable and my granddaughter ages 5 and 4 would love to have this book.

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48 Al September 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm

My girls love for me to read to them and if the book has a dog, it would make their day!

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49 Stacey September 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm

My son just got a dog of his own and he loves to read so what a deal for him!

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50 Amy September 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm

My son loves dogs. He is only one but loves for me to read to him.

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51 riTa September 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Cute!

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52 Ellen C. September 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I’d love to win. Thanks for the chance.

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53 Cindy Ray September 15, 2011 at 7:45 am

I would love to win this :) Thank you so much for this wonderful giveaway!

green_eyed_princesss at msn dot com

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54 Tanya September 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm

My son would love this book! thanks for the chance!!!
tmc480 at yahoo dot com

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55 Mia
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September 18, 2011 at 2:07 am

Adorable!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

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56 Kathy Davis September 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I would love to share this book with my home bound autistic student. He loves books. Thanks, Kathy

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57 Dawn September 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Congratulations, Kathy, you’ve been randomly selected as our winner. Please email me your mailing information to morninglightmama (at) gmail (dot) com.

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58 Angela Maa s September 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Thank you for the chance. I’d love to win and my kids would love to read this book.

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59 Maura September 19, 2011 at 12:10 am

Great book! Very creative. I would enjoy reading this to my son. Cheers.

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60 tiffany September 19, 2011 at 8:53 am

awesome contest : ) plus great newsletter!!

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61 Ryana September 19, 2011 at 10:31 am

Thanks for the chance to win
ryanac32 at yahoo dot com

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62 Cory September 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Thanks for the chance to win!

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63 Chase September 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I hope I win. The book looks good!

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64 Granma D September 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I love dogs, love to read, so this is great! School supplies are very costly, this would be a nice gift.

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65 Bean September 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm

This is the first year my daughter has been in “real” school. Even in Kindergarten the supply list is amazing. I had no idea they would need so much! My daughter loves books and dogs so Bailey sounds great!

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66 Brett September 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

My son just got a dog and he would love to read this book. He is in the third grade and the supply list goes on all year long. The gift certificate would certainly help me out!

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67 Jason September 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Bailey looks like a fun book for kids. Supplies are unbelievable today, and you need to bring more than what your child will use because some children are less fortunate. Sad, but true.

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68 funkeymunkeysee September 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Thank you so much for hosting this blog – I always enjoy the articles. I’ve missed a few days – it was a suprise to see the contest, so I def appreciate this (we, the readers do!).

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69 Sugarbear September 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Love these type of books, and my son loves for me to read them, OVER and OVER again. Of course I love that too.

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70 Umpada September 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I love to read books to my nieces and nephews. They love animals so they would love Bailey.

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71 Alison F. September 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm

My girls would love this book. They love animals, but especially dogs. Bailey would be their favorite.

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72 nan September 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

sounds like a great book
nannypanpan at gmail.com

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73 stacy September 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm

My dd would love this book.
gingeroo616@aol.com

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74 Kathleen Conner September 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Thanks for the contest! The book looks charming.

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75 John Billiris September 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I’d love to read this to my grandson.

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76 Dawn September 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Congratulations, John, you’ve been randomly selected as one of our winners. Please email me your mailing information to morninglightmama (at) gmail (dot) com.

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77 Grandma Debby September 23, 2011 at 11:05 am

I would love to win this for my grandkids. Bailey looks so cute!

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78 Alison September 23, 2011 at 11:06 am

Bailey and his teaching would be fun to read about

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79 Amy September 23, 2011 at 11:07 am

This would a great book to read to my son

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80 Stacey September 23, 2011 at 11:08 am

This sounds so cute

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81 justin castillo September 24, 2011 at 12:53 am

What a sweet book to read aloud. spacebarshift at gmail dot com

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82 Denise September 24, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Looks cute. Thanks for the giveaway!

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83 Megan September 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Bailey is great! Would love to win a copy!
mearley1979 at gmail dot com

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84 STEPHEN September 25, 2011 at 9:44 am

This would be a great prize for my 2 yr old.!

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85 Barb K. September 25, 2011 at 5:45 pm

This would be so nice for my cousins. They are the right age for these books.

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86 Liz M. September 26, 2011 at 4:00 am

This book sounds so adorable!!!

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87 Stacy B. September 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm

What a great giveaway! It looks like a lovely book. Thanks!

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88 Tia September 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm

One cannot have too many books, hope I am chosen to win.
nhmummab@comcast.net

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