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Henry in Love Hardcover – December 22, 2009
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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.
Sometimes, children's books make great gifts for adults as well. I read this book to my husband. After the first few lines, he came over to listen more carefully and look at the illustrations. The ending put quite a smile on his face. After seeing his reaction, I would also recommend HENRY IN LOVE as a wonderful Valentine's or birthday gift for that special, sweet man in your life. Few books can say so well just how special a no-nonsense courageous boy can be whether he be a young boy or an adult with a young boy's imagination still inside.
COURTESY OF BOOK ILLUMINATIONS
When he turned to look at her in class she spouted out, "Are you looking at me?" Boys aren't supposed to look at girls and when he wanted to walk up to Chloe on the playground Sancho scolded him saying, "You're not going to talk to a GIRL, are you?" Well, what's a guy to do. They all showed off on the playground and Chloe did a cartwheel that impressed Henry big time. In the afternoon Mrs. Devine had everyone change seats. Henry was now going to sit next to Chloe. It was snack time and Chloe wanted to know what he brought. He had that blueberry muffin left over from lunch time. Mmmmmm!
This was a charming story of a young boy's first love that will delight the reader. Every parent who reads this will smile, remembering their first childhood love with fondness. Children who listen to this story might give out a "yuk" or two, but might secretly love someone in their class. The artwork was whimsical and meshed perfectly with the story. The combination caught the "love" perfectly and it can be seen in the positioning of the characters and the slight change of expression on their faces when they are near each other. If you have a young Henry or Chloe in your house, I think you might want to consider adding this timeless tale to your list!
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It is so cute and fabulous for anyone. Happy book. Get it!