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Henry in Love

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  741 Ratings  ·  171 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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2011 Caldecott Hopefuls
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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
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!
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
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 blueber ...more
Rosemary Sullivan
Jun 17, 2014 Rosemary Sullivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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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
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Trisha Hope
Jan 08, 2016 Trisha Hope rated it it was amazing
I had two main things going through my mind when I saw this book on the shelf. One I love bunnies, any kind, size, or color. Bunnies are some of my favorite animals! The other being it is coming on Valentines Day and I wanted to get into the spirit of the holiday. One of the themes of this book were crushes. I liked how Henry tried get Chloe's attention and he shared his muffin with her. It was a very nice gesture. Henry was defiantly in love with Chloe.
Victoria Moore
Sep 22, 2014 Victoria Moore rated it it was amazing
Paul McCarty's "Henry In Love" is a lively, whimsical children's book that shows how wonderful it can be to be in love and have it reciprocated. It also shows examples of friendship, diversity and delayed gratification that I could relate to. Illustrated by McCarty too the illustrations tell as much about the story as the words do, especially when they flow from one page to the next.
Apr 17, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
I don't often review children's books because I read so many to my kids, but this one was so cute I had to share. This is a sweet little story that perfectly captures the essence innocent childlike love. The illustrations are delightful. Must read, especially I you have a 6 year old daughter with her first crush. :)
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 wat ...more
Courtney Siepman
Dec 14, 2015 Courtney Siepman rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh out loud! I truly depicts elementary love! The simplicity and humor of the characters make the story complete. Elementary students would be able to relate to this book and their first crush. In fact, all of us could relate to this book when we think about our first crush!
Feb 14, 2015 Library rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I love McCarty's calm stories and beautiful illustrations but this story just seemed incomplete. Henry likes Chloe which leads the reader to join a school day with Henry. The character interaction is cute but I think the ending effect needed to be more than implied since this book is for young readers.
Jan 09, 2015 Alice rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-50-stars
3.5 Stars So Henry is in love "WHOOPE ID DOO" (Three points if you get the movie reference) It is funny how kids in Elementary school show their 'love' for each other. As a kid I got kicked in the shins a wasn't until I was an adult that I realized that meant boys "Thought I was swell"
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
Andrew Strang
Dec 09, 2014 Andrew Strang rated it it was amazing
Title: Henry in Love
Author/Illustrator: Peter McCarty
ISBN: 9780061142888
Date of Publication: December 22, 2009
Review: This is a hilarious story about a young cat named Henry, his love interest, a rabbit named Chloe, and the baked-good that brought them together. The illustrations in this book are simple, but also clever and eye-catching. The marriage of the text and the illustrations is excellent and together they create a wonderful story. I highly recommend this book for children of all ages!
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
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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 creat ...more
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