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Henry's Amazing Machine

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Inventors, rejoice!
From the time Henry is a baby he loves to put things together -- wheels with rods, switches with levers, cranks with gears. By the age of six, he's built an Amazing Machine that fills his entire room. But Henry doesn't mind. He keeps on building. By the time he's ten, the machine has taken over the entire house --- and the yard. His parents are proud of
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 16th 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Danielle Harriger
Sep 04, 2012 Danielle Harriger rated it it was amazing
PB 45: I loved this book because Dodds was able to convey the curiosity and imagination of a child through the fun plot line and the eclectic illustrations. The illustrator’s use of sketched cartoons mixed with realistic images of clocks drew me into the tale and set the tone for the whimsy and magic that ensued while Henry built his machine. I think images are very important for children, and I believe children should be exposed to different art forms in order to spark their imagination and own ...more
Molly Schibly
Dec 08, 2015 Molly Schibly rated it really liked it
Henry’s Amazing Machine is about a little boy who has loved to build things and put things together ever since he was a baby boy. He spent his whole childhood building a machine that was so big it ended up taking over his whole house! The machine, however, did not do anything for awhile. Finally, his parents became frustrated and told him he needed to get rid of it. Just as he was leaving his machine behind, he ran into the man who ran the carnival, and they had a spot open for something! So Hen ...more
The Brothers
Feb 01, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it
Henry loves to tinker and build things. So much so that his machine overtakes the entire house and the family has to live outside in a tent, until he builds it more and they end up in a tree. Eventually he donates it to a local circus, for it had the same effect as the circus.

Interesting illustrations.
Mrs Bond
Mar 12, 2009 Mrs Bond rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebook
Henry spends his entire life building "An Incredible, Amzaing machine." It doesn't seem to do anything, until one day Henry realizes it can do something great.

Fantastic illustrations -- so much to look at.
Feb 01, 2015 Lins rated it did not like it
Henry seemed very inconsiderate of those around him in his drive to keep building. I also found the illustrations to be too busy.
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Dayle Ann Dodds is the author of numerous picture books for children, including THE SHAPE OF THINGS, TEACHER'S PETS, THE GREAT DIVIDE: A MATHEMATICAL MARATHON, and MINNIE'S DINER: A MULTIPLYING MENU. A former elementary school teacher, she lives in Carmel Valley, California.
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