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Henry in Love

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  779 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews

Henry is a bit of a dreamer and not much of a talker.Then there's Chloe, who says what she thinks and knows how to turn a spectacular cartwheel.

This is the story of how one blueberry muffin makes all the difference.

Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 12/22/2009 Pages: 48 Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by HarperCollins
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Dec 27, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it
Now when I was a little kid I was single-mindedly determined to pair off the world. If I could continually put together two people and marry them off, that was all I wanted out of life. Name the television show and I could tell you how I wanted folks to hook up. Now I'm grown up and I see a couple romantically-oriented picture books each season and sometimes they get this complaint from parents and reviewers: Is this really for kids? Tales of romantic love for small kids are sometimes considered ...more
Feb 11, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I like when food plays an important part in a story, and this time it's the blueberry muffin's turn. In this quiet book, little Henry's crush on classmate Chloe can be expressed with a muffin. I thought this book was too quiet for storytime (it reads almost as if there are pages missing, but an attentive reader can fill in the blanks), but it's a sweet school story perfectly timed for Valentine's Day. My favorite page is the one showing Henry gazing at Chloe, and her school desk is in the middle ...more
Jan 23, 2010 Courtney rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
This gave me a chuckle when I saw it in zone 3 resort. I love cats so I thought the drawings were cute. There was a drawing of the little cat taking a pee and some cross-species love. Oh yeah and the bunny must reallly want some love because I used to have a bunny and it raped my guinea pig. That made me laugh too. lol. but no this is a kids book so no love like that. Just good ol puppy-I mean bunny/kitten-love.
Kevin Doyle
Feb 11, 2014 Kevin Doyle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: boys and girls, baby shower, would specifically be a great Valentine's Day gift
This is a spectacular book. We absolutely loved it! Our 3 and a half year old boy melted our hearts when asking us to read "Henry in Wove".

The story is a sweet, simple, appropriate, charming, wonderful tale of little Henry and his first love Chloe. The writing is tight, perfectly crafted, and there is the exact right amount of words to tell the story without over-speaking anything.

The illustrations in "Henry in Love" are subtle and magnificent. I really enjoyed Mr. McCarty's sparse but impacting
Nov 23, 2010 Betsy rated it did not like it
Boring, boring, boring... In every way boring. I wasn't a big fan of Hondo & Fabian, the Caldecott honor or winner (?) by the same author, but this one was even more blah, especially in terms of a read-aloud. There's A LOT of white space on the page & the little animal characters (which are sometimes hard to distinguish) are very small, and the plot (if you can call it that) is very scattered. There's a football playing high schooler who's introduced for no apparent reason, and a ...more
There are so many things to like about this book: Henry's sweetness and his sudden crush on Chloe, the ink and watercolor illustrations that show Henry's deer-in-the-headlights eyes and Chloe's cocky body language, and the way this picture book captures very young love. I adore the notion that love can be kindled with a freshly baked, yummy blueberry muffin. It may well be that one of my favorite illustration shows Henry from the rear as he pees into a toilet. The fact that Henry is a cat just ...more
Apr 12, 2010 elissa rated it it was amazing
Recommended to elissa by: Capitol Choices
So glad this came in at my branch today! Another nice birthday treat for me. I love McCarty's animals, and Henry is an extremely lovable (partially because of his muteness) character. Love the blue blueberry muffin. Love the mom's blue nightgown and slippers. There are many things to love here. I read it with my 9 & 12 year old, and even they were charmed. Looking forward to the discussion of this on Friday. 4 1/2 stars.
Feb 10, 2014 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a sweet tale about young love featuring anthropomorphic animals in a school setting. It's a fun book to read aloud and the illustrations are adorable. Our girls had a chuckle at the image of Henry peeing in the toilet. Although this book is not specifically about Valentine's Day, it's a great time of year to read it.
Mar 01, 2011 Darrielle rated it really liked it
A warm lovey-dovey read for pre-k to second graders young readers are sure to identify with Henry's infatuation with the girl bunny in his class. The illustrations sit sweetly on the page and young love is a timeless classic.
May 11, 2015 Mary rated it liked it
This is a quiet picture book that captures the delicate emotions involved in a school yard romance. McCarty's ink and watercolors on cream colored pages work beautifully with the sparse text. A subtle celebration of first love!
Apr 20, 2010 Anina rated it really liked it
So cute! The pictures show so much detail in the faces. At first I thought the storyline was a little lackluster but the more I read it, the more I realize it's all in the details. Henry reveals a lot through his actions.
Feb 02, 2010 Alyson rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A very sweet story. The illustrations are simple, clean and set against plenty of white space but they set the scene of bedroom, school playground perfectly. I love how the very plain backgrounds have flowers added in when Henry looks back at Chloe.
Mar 29, 2013 Courtney rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This is such a cute book! I only wish I had a Henry to share his blueberry muffin.
Oct 02, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it
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Rosemary Sullivan
Jun 17, 2014 Rosemary Sullivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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Allison Homeyer
Sep 13, 2016 Allison Homeyer rated it it was amazing
Henry in Love is an adorable love story about Henry the cat and Chloe the cute bunny. Henry does his best to impress Chloe. He does his best forward roll to impress her but he is outdone by Chloe and her impressive cartwheel. Henry would do anything to get the attention of Chloe. Until he finally wins her over with a blueberry muffin.
I absolutely loved Henry in Love. It was such a precious story that teaches its readers about the importance of sharing.
I would use this book in a therapy session
Alex Wingrove
Sep 12, 2016 Alex Wingrove rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens-lit
This book is about Henry, who gets a blueberry muffin to take to school with him as a snack. He saves it for the entire day so he can have it at snack time, but he ends up talking to a pretty girl named Chloe. He develops a crush on her and at the end of the book ends up giving her his blueberry muffin and eats carrots for his snack instead.
To be honest, I didn't really love this book. I thought it kind of jumped all over the place, and a lot of the events that happened were just thrown in there
Jan 29, 2010 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
How do you create a great romantic picture book? Well, first it must include fresh-baked blueberry muffins.

Henry woke up to the smell of muffins baking and was given one to take to school for snack. Henry thought Chloe was the loveliest girl in his class. Whenever he looked at her the wind started to blow and he saw poppies, flowers and grass. At recess, Henry decided to go up to Chloe even though his friends thought it was a bad idea to talk to a girl. After Henry demonstrated his best somersau
Monica Jung
Mar 20, 2015 Monica Jung rated it it was amazing

McCarty, Peter. Henry in Love. Balzer & Bray - Harper Collins Publishers. New York: 2010.

Target Audience: Preschool to Grade 2

This is definitely a feel good book. I felt happy after reading it as it was so sweet and showed love, friendship, and kindness at the basic level. This book would be a perfect fit for introducing the concepts of friendship and sharing with preschoolers.

The characters are oddly adorable animals such as bunnies, dogs, cats, roosters, and cows. They are drawn wearing s
Tonya Branch
Oct 03, 2011 Tonya Branch rated it it was ok
Henry's mother baked blueberry muffins for him to eat at school. On his way there he runs into a football player who has a sister that goes to Henry's school. Her name is Chloe. Henry knows who she is. In fact, he thought "she was the loveliest girl in his classes." At recess Henry tried to impress Chloe. He did a forward roll for her. She did a cartwheel in return. This only made Henry like her more. When they returned to the classroom, the teacher changed the seating arrangements and of course ...more
Sep 11, 2016 Brittany rated it really liked it
This is a very cute book about school-time love. I wish that it hadn't just abruptly ended the way it did.
Jono Jones
Mar 23, 2011 Jono Jones rated it really liked it
Peter McCarty, Caldecott Honor Award (Hondo and Fabian, 2003) and Zolotow Award (Moon Plane, 2007) winner, relates this tale of a cat, Henry, whose crush on a classmate bunny, Chloe, turns into friendship after a recess courtship. Finding himself seated next to her at afternoon snack, Henry trades his blueberry muffin for her carrot sticks, initiating a friendship. The precise illustrations on cream-colored paper are charming and succinct. Using hues of fine cross-hatched brown ink and muted ...more
Sep 13, 2010 Davy rated it it was amazing
This schoolyard love story is as quirky as it is touching. Henry is a soft-spoken kitten with a fresh-baked blueberry muffin and a big crush on Chloe, “the loveliest girl [read: bunny] in class.” When somersaults and a game of tag fail to bring the two lovebirds together, a fortuitous classroom seating arrangement at snacktime gives Henry the opportunity to unleash his secret weapon. Peter McCarty, a former Caldecott honoree and Charlotte Zolotow Award winner, has outdone himself this time. The ...more
Green Bean
Jan 22, 2011 Green Bean rated it it was amazing
Love is in the air, and it smells like blueberry muffins! Peter McCarty's Henry in Love chronicles a day in the life of a budding romantic. Henry gets ready for the day in an ordinary way--a glass of juice, a trip to the toilet, a pre-bell game of ball. But the fate of a new seating arrangement and the fireworks of freeze-tag light a spark between this puppy-lovelorn little alley cat and Chloe the bunny (of perfect bunny cartwheel fame)! "You'll never catch me!" Chloe screams from the top of the ...more
Jan 31, 2010 Deborah added it
Shelves: picturebooks
Henry the cat goes off to school one day, with his backpack holding a blueberry muffin baked by his mother. Once there, he falls in crush with a lovely bunny who sits in the back row. "Are you looking at me?" Chloe asks, beginning a gentle back-and-forth between the two. At recess, Henry shows off with a forward roll, and Chloe "turned a perfect cartwheel. Henry was impressed." Their relationship escalates to tag, and finally, with Henry's ultimate expression of affection - he gives Chloe the ...more
Aliyah Inge-hanif
Henry in Love Henry in Love by Peter McCarty is a picture for ages three through six. It is about a little boy who likes a girl and gives her he muffin for snack. Henry is very quite while the girl, chole, is very out spoken.

While this book was very cute I did not particularly like it at all. The illustrations are very good but the story its self is lacking. The story demonstrates an often spoken boy who likes a girl. However it doesn’t give anything a child can take away from the story in my op
Dec 30, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Simple sentences, usually one or two per page spread, introducing Henry the cat and his crush on Chloe the rabbit, the “loveliest girl in his class.” This sweet, gentle story of childhood crushes is complete with flirtation by cartwheels and somersaults, snack exchanges, and the anticipation of new seat assignments.

What really had me swooning however, are the illustrations. Each anthropomorphized character is depicted in a realistic meets modern fashion, resulting in the perfect level of cutene
May 04, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books

There’s nothing like young love, especially as portrayed by Peter McCarty in this sweet picture book about a kitten named Henry in love with a bunny named Chloe. McCarty’s understated text captures all the essence of grammar school love…showing off, tag, and sharing your favorite snack. Pen and ink drawings splashed with watercolors are scattered across off-white pages with lots of space. On one two-page spread, Chloe sits at her desk surrounded by green grass and breezy red and pink flowers whi
Miss Ryoko
Feb 09, 2014 Miss Ryoko rated it liked it
This was a cute book but it seemed a little abrupt... the changes in the story seemed abrupt and the ending really seemed abrupt... and the title didn't seem to fit the story because I really didn't feel like this was a story about Henry being in love...

But having said that, I really love Peter McCarty's art style. His illustrations are very simplistic without tons of distraction in the background, but they are so beautiful to look at. I love his coloring and shading. The illustrations always lo
Nov 17, 2010 Lindsey rated it it was ok
The illustrations in this book are gorgeous! I just wish the story was as nice ... the plot was sporadic and lacking. The number of characters depicted was somewhat overwhelming and they were all underdeveloped. There were also too many awkward events that ended up being more distracting than helpful to the main story (example: Chloe's older brother randomly asking the boys to play football.)

Summary: This book is definitely more appealing to adults than children and I would much rather have the
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I was born in 1966 in Westport, Connecticut right in the middle of two older brothers and two younger sisters. We kept our mother busy while my father worked long hours at IBM. Most of my childhood was spent in my head. I was usually recreating a battle from World War II or running from dinosaurs in prehistoric times. To this day, I develop characters and environments based on worlds I first ...more
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