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Henry the Dog with No Tail (Paula Wiseman Books) Hardcover – October 23, 2007

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About the Author

Kate Feiffer is a writer, a filmmaker, and a mother. She is the author of the picture books No Go Sleep!; President Pennybaker; But I Wanted a Baby Brother!; The Wild, Wild Inside; Which Puppy?; My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life; and Double Pink; and of the middle-grade novels Signed by Zelda and The Problem with the Puddles. She lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Visit her at KateFeiffer.com.

Jules Feiffer has won a number of prizes for his cartoons, plays, and screenplays, including the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Among the books he’s illustrated for children are The Phantom Tollbooth, Some Things Are Scary, and in collaboration with his daughter Kate, Henry the Dog with No Tail, and No Go Sleep. He is the author and illustrator of Bark, George, I Lost My Bear, Meanwhile, and The Man in the Ceiling.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Series: Paula Wiseman Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; First Edition edition (October 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416916148
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416916147
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.3 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is just a tail-riffic book filled with zany puns (much better than my own). Kate Feiffer's TALE of the Australian sheep dog (they typically do not have tails) is not only witty and wise, but her story-telling is superb. The lessons here about finding your identity, your true friends, and self-acceptance are important ones, but they never take precedence over the first requirement of telling a good story.

Feiffer sounds an authentic note in showing that not all of Henry's "friends" are nice, either pre- or post-tail. This is a departure from some books' all-support-all-the-time stance, and the realism makes it a more helpful for any toddler or early grade schooler. However, when Henry ultimately decides he'll just go without a tail, all the dogs agree that's fine: One mildly dissenting spoil-sport might have enhanced book discussion. Still, the young target audience will appreciate the dog's unifrom acceptance.

Kate Feiffer is talented enough to command her pick of illustrators, but she didn't have to look any further than her own backyard,; or rather, her dad's: Award-winning illustrator-author-etc. Jules Feiffer. His pictures have the classic Feiffer style, casual line and color drawings that evoke movement and character, and a mixture of realism and fantasy befitting one of our best humorists and satirists. Feiffer suggests personality in his ore subtle drawings, but also depicts the wild shenanigans caused by Henry's fake tails. One of them, a long ropey tail made by a TAILOR (of course!), enables Henry to do all kinds of fancy tricks, earning the admiration of most of the dogs. Alas, he trips over the buttoned-on tail, can't even wag it, and is found out.

Discouraged and rejected (by some), Henry leaves his home and neighborhood.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Massachusetts Mom on December 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Our eldest daughter received "Henry, the Dog with No Tail" as a birthday gift, and it immediately leapt to the top of the stack of bedtime favorites. Our children love Henry and his posse's fanciful antics and the endearingly realistic illustrations. The book has sparked lots of conversation among our kids about the side life our dog might be leading when she is out-and-about with her own doggie friends. Most of all, our kids love that Henry's friends want him to be happy and that, in the end, Henry learns to be happy just as he is.

Whether or not you're a dog lover, you'll love this tail's tale.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gail B. Beebe on October 26, 2007
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It is Perfect! All dog loving children and adults will enjoy this delightfully illustrated story book. Henry is perfect just the way he is. Thank you for the perfect reading experience for my granddaughter, our Aussie and I.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Merilee DeJohn on May 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My second grade class loved this book! Kate Feiffer was not originally part of the second grade author study curriculum. However, my students were so entertained by her style, I was driven by their enthusiasm to include her winsome stories as an additional study. I am so glad I did. The students enjoyed comparing and contrasting the story elements of her texts! Henry, the Dog with No Tail was one of their favorites. They were able to turn and talk to their partner and predict what might happen next to Henry. Additionally, they worked together to resolve Henry's conflict of having no tail prior to learning the actual outcome. Ms. Feiffer's various characters, settings, problems, and themes, are the perfect blend to create an educational, interesting, and entertaining author study. Without prompting by me, my students wrote to Kate Feiffer to tell her how much they enjoyed her books. They were overjoyed when they received a response from Ms. Feiffer who also included a signed copy of her latest book, classroom activities, and a picture of the "real" Henry! Teachers, parents, and students support those who, not only write for children, but clearly have a fondness and an understanding for them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anita Weiner on January 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As the guardian of an Australian Shepherd who happens to be named Henry, I snapped this book right up without even looking to see what it was about. Once I read it I knew all of the children in my life would love it, especially since they're all dog-lovers and have a "cousin" Aussie named Henry.

First of all, Jules Feiffer's illustrations are wonderful as always. He captures the characters' personalities just perfectly. The story is wonderful as well. Kate Feiffer uses lots of fun word-play that parents will love and kids will get a giggle out of it too. It is lighthearted but has a good message about acceptance at its core.

If there is a 4 to 6 year old in your life, he or she will love the wit and whimsy found in "Henry, the Dog with No Tail."

Also an absolute MUST for Australian Shepherd lovers.
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My 3-year-old loved Feiffer's story about a dog searching for a tale and finding instead that he should love himself as he is. It's true that younger children will probably not "get" the puns, but they are a fun surprise for the adult readers (I laughed out loud). The puns, though a small part of the book, provide an opportunity to help kids begin to appreciate the richness of language (I pointed out the puns to my daugher). As other reviewers have said, the illustrations are lovely. I agree that the family sending Henry out on his own to look for a tail is a bit unsettling, partly because the illustration depicts a dejected Henry walking away as his family seemingly stands guard in the background, like angels guarding the entry to Eden; however, the book is more realistic than most, gently teaching some hard lessons about life, so perhaps this is a way of showing that sometimes you have to find your own happiness, though it would have been nice if the family had lovingly explained this to Henry before sending him out. Overall, though, the book is one to add to your child's collection.
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