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Henry in Love

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  568 ratings  ·  147 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.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by HarperCollins
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Betsy
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
Courtney
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.
Barbara
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 a...more
Betsy
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 blueber...more
Becky
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
Kevin Doyle
Feb 11, 2014 Kevin Doyle rated it 5 of 5 stars 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...more
elissa
Apr 12, 2010 elissa rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Mary Ann
I have trouble with crush books. But maybe it's my baggage... So often, I felt that preschool teachers ascribed children's behavior to crushes, when these didn't feel like that at all. I wonder if adults are putting on kids feelings that are not where the kids are, but rather what the adults want to see... So this book didn't resonate with me or my daughters. Others, though, have loved it.
Alyson
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.
Darrielle
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.
Anina Ertel
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.
*Queen Diva*
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...more
Courtney
This is such a cute book! I only wish I had a Henry to share his blueberry muffin.
Erin Ingold
Although this story does not have much of a lesson to it, students can relate to it. I loved this story because it is simple enough for a beginning reader to read. This book may not be appropriate for a read aloud lesson but it is definitely a great story for children to read on their own. Many students will find enjoyment out of it because it is a love story. Most kids will laugh and think it's gross that Henry is in love, but students will be able to make connections with the main characters.
Tasha
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...more
Tonya Branch
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
Dolly
Feb 10, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars 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.
Jono Jones
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 wat...more
Davy
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
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
Heather

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...more
Sarah
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...more
Deborah
Jan 31, 2010 Deborah added it
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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 mu...more
Kareena
Such an adorable picture book! Definitely going to add it to my future kido's book shelf.
Brandy
Meh. Really. That's my reaction. After page two, the story went nowhere. It seemed disjointed and things were thrown in that did nothing for what little storyline there was. I had found this as a recommendation from another librarian's blog, so I was slightly disappointed I didn't enjoy it.
Lindsey
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...more
Eden
Henry is a dreamer and really doesn't talk all that much, but in his school there is a girl he likes. And when they finally sit next to each other in class, Henry gets a bit of a surprise.

I love, love the illustrations in this book. They are very cute and I think Henry is such a cute character, even if he doesn't talk much. I think the ending was a bit of a surprise, though. I surely didn't expect and I don't think Henry did either.

It was a very cute book, though and very light-hearted. I really...more
Bridget R. Wilson
Henry has a crush on the prettiest girl at school. By chance, they end up sitting next to each other in class. Henry gives Chloe his blueberry muffin. The rest is history.

What I thought: A charming book. The story is simple and sweet. The illustrations are great--soft and monochromatic. I love how the color pops off the page. The different animals in class remind me of Rosemary Wells' Yoko though the two books have very different illustration styles.

Story Time Theme: Valentine's Day
Kris
This is the kind of love story that kids will "get". Henry is in love with Chloe, the pretty bunny who sits in the back row. The level of romance includes looking at her, showing off his best forward roll in front of her, and giving her his blueberry muffin for snack. The art is lovely, with lots of open space, and the text has open space, too, letting the kids figure out for themselves why Chloe turns a cartwheel for Henry or why Henry would swap a yummy blueberry muffin for a carrot.
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