From the author of The Kid Who Changed the World, this hilarious rhyming story, complete with charming art, offers comfort to children who often feel left out or are in need of a good friend.
At some point, almost every child struggles with feeling like they don’t fit in or are left out—just like Henry Hodges. Henry is a lonely little boy on a lonely little street who longs for a friend. One day, his mother and father take him to a pet rescue shelter and his lonely world is changed! Told in a playful rhyme with adorable illustrations, this book will be a favorite among children and parents who love dogs and, ultimately, will comfort and encourage children who struggle with feeling accepted and finding friends.
Kids will want to read this whimsical and imaginative story again and again!
Trim Size: 9 x 9
|About the Contributor(s)||Andy Andrews
Hailed by a New York Times reporter as “someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America,” Andy Andrews is a best-selling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world’s largest corporations and organizations. He has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and recently addressed members of Congress and their spouses. Andy is the author of three New York Times bestsellers. He and his wife, Polly, have two sons.
|Publish Date||Mar 3, 2015|
|Accelerated Reader Interest Level||LG (Grade K thru 3)|
|Accelerated Reader Points Awards||0.50|
|Accelerated Reader Reading Level||2.80|
- Review by Laura
My boys and I really enjoyed Henry Hodges Needs a Friend. Andy Andrews' text is fun to read aloud with its easy rhythm and rhymes. Colleen Madden's colorful and playful illustrations definitely captured my almost 3 year olds' attention.
Henry's imaginary potential friends are a funny and entertaining part of the story that keep it lighthearted, as the subject of a boy with no friends could have easily become too heavy for little ones.
My favorite part of the book was the depiction of the animal shelter as a warm, inviting place for Henry to choose his new friend. All too often I see shelters depicted as sad, scary places which can deter families from choosing to adopt.
All in all, we really enjoyed Henry Hodges Needs a Friend (I had to read it 3 times in a row when it arrived at the insistence of my son!) It is a wonderful book to kick start conversations about friendship, or to begin the pet adoption process in your family!
I received this book for free from the publisher as part of the BookLook Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. (Posted on 5/1/2015)