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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061142883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061142888
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 11 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 1—Henry the cat is in love with Chloe, the cute little bunny in the back row. On this particular day, his mother makes blueberry muffins for her sons to take for lunch, but Henry saves his for afternoon snack as a special treat. He is the typical little boy who is short on words but big on action. He does a forward roll to impress Chloe, but she bests him with an impressive cartwheel. Later, the teacher reassigns seats and Chloe moves up next to Henry. At snack time, she asks him what he has, and he shows her his big, beautiful blueberry muffin. Henry, who has yet to say a word to his favorite little girl, is surprised but pleased when Chloe thanks him and takes it. It seems that all is fair in love and kindergarten. McCarty's meticulous ink and watercolor art greatly extends the spare, understated text. The exquisite cream-colored pages bring richness to the presentation that makes readers want to turn each page. This beautiful book should appeal to the little ones who have a special someone in their lives but dare not say a word about it.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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This slight story begins with a young cat, Henry, who wakes and dresses, walks to school with his brother and best friend, and then spends the rest of the day obsessing about, and wooing, Chloe, an adorable young rabbit. A textbook Romeo, Henry shows off his athletic ability, chases Chloe around the playground, and sacrifices his eagerly anticipated blueberry muffin snack for his beloved. Many boys will find this as unappealing as kissing (Henry doesn’t manage to seal that deal), although a brief football scene provides some distractions from the romance. In addition, the quiet story may prove too subtle for its intended audience. Still, McCarty’s delicately detailed ink-and-watercolor illustrations of anthropomorphized animals, set on open, creamy pages, are delightful, and children will recognize Henry’s happy surprise when an unexceptional day turns suddenly into an exceptional one. Grades K-2. --Andrew Medlar

More About the Author

PETER MCCARTY is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Fabian Escapes, Moon Plane, and T Is for Terrible, as well as Hondo & Fabian, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his family in upstate New York.

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Very sweet story and illustrations.
Jennifer R.
Sometimes, children's books make great gifts for adults as well.
D. Merrimon Crawford
I bought this book around Valentines day.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Henry is a young boy cat. He begins his school day like every other school day but today, Henry's mother bakes blueberry muffins, muffins that truly are blue. She gives a muffin to Henry, his brother and a friend (a dog) to take to school. After playing football with the rabbit football player, Henry sees Chloe, a girl he likes in school. How can a young boy tell a girl he likes her? What is love?

HENRY IN LOVE tells a sweet, charming story of love and friendship from a boy's point of view. The children characters are diverse --- cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals and the events follow his day at school. One boy even asks him if he is going to talk to a girl as kids of that age often do. Henry is a confident young boy, acting from his heart. Without a lot of fanfare, he reaches out to Chloe. In one simple gesture of generosity, Henry expresses his feelings. The last scene evokes a sense of sweetness and humor. The illustrations accompanying the words also tell the story from the boy's perspective from the arrangement of his room and his morning urination (from the back with no explicit details) to the school games. Like Henry's personality, the illustrations have a directness, sweetness and wonderful simplicity that focuses on the key essentials.

HENRY IN LOVE is a wonderful story of friendship that would appeal to both boy and girl readers. Without a lot of unnecessary romantic grand gestures, Henry expresses his feelings for Chloe directly and effectively. HENRY IN LOVE would make a wonderful Valentine's story for young children. If you are looking for a Valentine's story for a young boy, HENRY IN LOVE is one of the few that tells the story of love through a boy's perspective.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ken Stiefel on January 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Initially, I picked out Henry In Love because I have a 3 year old named Henry. This sweet, simple story with it's really cute pictures stood out as a winner not only to my Henry, but to his 4 sisters as well. We all adored the drawings of the animal children, but my Henry especially liked the kitten Henry waking up in the morning and 'using the toilet'. He also loved that a big-kid bunny who was a football player actually thru a toss to the littler kids. From doing a forward roll to try to impress a pretty bunny named Chloe, to trying to catch her at tag, and finally giving her his huge, blue, blueberry muffin...Henry makes it so easy for us to like him. Did I also mention the drawings are super cute!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on November 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Henry wakes up to have breakfast, only to find out that he has a treat for school: a blueberry muffin. He walks to school and plays football on the way, with the brother of the "loveliest girl" in his class: Chloe. Henry saves his muffin for afternoon snack. Henry and Chloe trade gymnastic tricks and play chase at recess. When his teacher announces a new set of seating arrangements, Henry and Chloe wind up next to each other. They trade snack: a blueberry muffin for a carrot. Henry felt like this was love. Children ages 4 to 7 will adore the simple text and illustrations in this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Freedman on January 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Henry the cat goes off to school one day, with his backpack holding a blueberry muffin baked by his mother. Once there, he falls in crush with a lovely bunny who sits in the back row. "Are you looking at me?" Chloe asks, beginning a gentle back-and-forth between the two. At recess, Henry shows off with a forward roll, and Chloe "turned a perfect cartwheel. Henry was impressed." Their relationship escalates to tag, and finally, with Henry's ultimate expression of affection - he gives Chloe the muffin he had been saving for snack. Delicately written and drawn (in pen and colored ink), sweet but not twee, HENRY IN LOVE perfectly renders elementary school love and is my newest favorite picture book read for Valentine's Day.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Now when I was a little kid I was single-mindedly determined to pair off the world. If I could continually put together two people and marry them off, that was all I wanted out of life. Name the television show and I could tell you how I wanted folks to hook up. Now I'm grown up and I see a couple romantically-oriented picture books each season and sometimes they get this complaint from parents and reviewers: Is this really for kids? Tales of romantic love for small kids are sometimes considered ridiculous. From my own experiences as a child, I think they're perfectly ideal fro that age, though I admit that not everyone agrees with me. Fortunately, I don't think that this particular complaint will ever be lobbed against Peter McCarty's newest book "Henry in Love". True, it's about a boy with a crush on a girl, but it's a very realistic crush. The little boys and little girls in this book act just like your average little boys and little girls (albeit in cat and rabbit form). It's not exactly full of action sequences, moments of pain and anguish, or containing much of any conflict whatsoever. It is instead a story that is realistic and adorable. And admit it . . . isn't there a little room in this world for one more of those?

On this particular day Henry, his brother, and his friend Sancho get one blueberry muffin apiece from Henry's mom and start off for school. On the way they play a little football with a nice high schooler that has a sister in Henry's class. Her name is Chloe and Henry, "thought she was the loveliest girl in his class." During recess he and Chloe show off for one another. Afterwards, their teacher rearranges everyone's seats and Henry ends up sitting next to Chloe.
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