Harry's Holiday

Harry's Holiday

By Celia Norman Smith

Format: Paperback

(3 customer reviews)

Publication Date: 28 Feb 2024


Categories: Young Children

ISBN: 9781916668133


Harry’s Holiday is the second in the inspiring Scottish trilogy The Tales of Harry Also.

Scarecrow Harry’s adventures begin when he leaves the tranquillity of his organic garden. Lumbering on to the back of an old Ford pick-up, Harry travels to the Angus seaside for his first holiday, where he meets new characters including Hilary Pig, a yellow seagull named Lara, Ruben the starfish fairy and many others who admire his unconquerable spirit.

But when danger strikes, will Harry’s quick wit be enough to save the motley crew as they encounter the bullies, myths and monsters of the North Sea?

Young readers will learn all about empathy, problem solving and the human impact on the health of the wondrous oceans in this captivating story.


Celia Norman Smith studied at Brighton Art College for a BA Hons. Art and Design. After working at Mount Cook Sheep Station, New Zealand, she retrained as a shepherd. Living off the land in Scotland also created a passion for writing and drawing. The natural environments and community care of different cultures influenced her life. Now living in Angus, Scotland, she loves wild gardening, wild swimming and being a tad wild herself.


Fiona Meyrick Poet and Writer (Cream Cracked Colours) (Guest Review) - 30 Jan, 2024

Harry's Holiday:
The imagery throughout the book is wonderful, giving you a real sense of “being at sea” and the topography is very descriptive. The book nears its end in a dramatic and exciting way . This is a trip that Harry will always remember . This book made me smile. Fiona Meyrick Poet and Writer (Cream Cracked Colours)

Nigel Gatherer and June McEwan on behalf of Crieff Community Arts (Guest Review) - 30 Jan, 2024

Harry's Holiday:
A charming fantasy adventure featuring a host of characters getting involved in events happy, scary, wondrous and exciting.
Nigel Gatherer and June McEwan on behalf of Crieff Community Arts

Ailsa van Rooyen, owner of Sillyflatt Fare, Inverbervie (Guest Review) - 07 Mar, 2024

On World Book Day I would like to sing the praises of this wonderful local author's work; The Tales of Harry Also and, fresh of the press, Harry's Holiday, by Celia Norman Smith. Written for children as well as adults, Celia is a most gifted traditional story teller, weaving magic and realism seamlessly, using metaphors to illustrate the challenges we can all face through life. Taking us on a journey with Harry Also, the most charming of scarecrows, she highlights the value of friendships, nature, the seasons and our own courage and self worth in overcoming the harder aspects of life, to be stronger, wiser, lighter. Her books are full of wisdom, kindness, and observations, familiar and fresh. The first of the trilogy is set in the nearby Campsie Fells, whilst the second book sees Harry heading to our very own Angus coast on his holidays, what fun one little scarecrow can get up to! We have several signed copies of each in stock, classics in the making

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