From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—Henry, a young mouse, is the star of show and tell, courtesy of his fantastic stories. As he tells his classmates about the snowman as big as a house, the neighbor's pet dinosaur, and the alien that landed in his yard, readers see not only the listeners' rapt and amazed expressions, but also the subjects of Henry's tales, which have come to life in large bubbles emanating from his head. When dawning skepticism leads one of the students to accuse Henry of fibbing, the teacher suggests that he use his prodigious imagination to write stories—with the important assurance that it's OK not to know how to spell all the words, along with an invitation to include illustrations. Henry's stories really take off: fire-breathing dragons, breathtaking mountaintops, rockets to the moon; but at sharing time, he tells the class about his family's trip to the cheese store. "Now that Henry was using all his imagination to write stories…show and tell was really boring." He wants to wow his classmates, but he doesn't want to be a fibber. Happily, he comes up with the perfect solution—he reads his stories aloud. With its picture-perfect plot and vibrant illustrations, this book is a joy to read.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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Henry is back in yet another school adventure. Having overcome his shyness about public speaking in Henry’s Show and Tell (2004), the little mouse finds himself the new star of show-and-tell with his stories about pet dinosaurs, aliens, and snowmen as big as a house. When a classmate calls Henry a “fibber,” Henry feels bad. He didn’t mean to lie; his imagination just got “mixed up” with the truth. His teacher encourages Henry to put such imaginative stories down on paper and tell the truth at school. When he bores his classmates with his description of a trip to the grocery store to buy cheese, his listeners realize they miss his entertaining stories. This leads the teacher to allow Henry to read his creative writings during show-and-tell, making everyone happy. Carlson’s typical brightly colored gouache illustrations are perfect for the intended audience, enhancing the down-to-earth story-lesson that will ring true for many children while showing that even grown-ups make mistakes. Preschool-Grade 1. --Shauna Yusko