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Written and Drawn by Henrietta

(Toon Books)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  856 ratings  ·  184 reviews
A Junior Library Guild Selection.

Reading books is fun . . . but what about making them? Armed with new colored pencils, Henrietta's ready to try. Peek over her shoulder as she draws the story of a brave young girl, a three-headed monster, and an impossibly wide world of adventure. Whether read aloud to a toddler or discovered by a young reader, Liniers's celebration of the
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by TOON Books (first published 2013)
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Jon Nakapalau
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great way to introduce a child to the creative process writers/artists go through.
Dave Schaafsma
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-children
Ricardo Siri Liniers, known as Liniers, is the author of Macanudo, a daily comic strip hugely popular in Argentina, only recently available in English. His US debut, The Big Wet Balloon, a TOON Book, was nominated for an Eisner Award and chosen as one of Parents' Top 10 Children's Books. Francis Mouly, the editorial director of Toon Books, has in mind a pedagogical dimension to getting young kids interested in and educated about comics, so, since I have my own pedagogical interests in comics, ha ...more
Dov Zeller
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I didn't love this book, but my six year old neighbor did and that is more important. I find the art to be a bit creepy, but Lena loves it and appreciates the humor and we both like the concept. Henrietta wants to write a book, so she needs the ingredients. As it turns out, she comes up with a character who has a real plot-building problem: a three-headed monster lost in a closet with only two hats. Oh no! How can the Henrietta's protagonist help find another hat? And what terrible creature migh ...more
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, easy-readers
Henrietta gets a box of colored pencils and sets off on a personal journey of discovery through storytelling and art.

This is a fun, quirky choice for early readers - whether to encourage them to read themselves or to read to them. What I really liked about this book is how well it captures the imagination of a Henrietta - the book doesn't feel overly nostalgic or pandering to the experience of being a child discovering art and storytelling for the first time. There's even a darkness to some of H
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a very entertaining book that takes the young reader completely through the writing process along with Henrietta, her favorite (stuffed animal friend), and her cat after Henrietta receives a gift box of colored pencils from her Mom. The pages go from colored illustrations of Henrietta with speech bubbles expressing her every thought and emotion to brightly colored illustrations with words that Henrietta has created for her own story. The young learned will share with Henrietta in her cre ...more
Michele Knott
Perfect for so many Writer's Workshop moments. ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful! Completely different from Liniers previous Toon Book but even more wonderful! We, the privileged reader, get to watch Henrietta as she creates her very own book "The Monster with Three Heads and Two Hats". This will inspire kids to make their own comic books and make grown-ups wish they hadn't forgotten how to draw like when they were kids. Splendid!! ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I liked Liniers' Big Wet Balloon but this was a notch or two higher. Loved this one. Perfect for Writers Workshop. ...more
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Written by Ricardo Siri Liniers, the author of a daily comic strip popular in Argentina.

A young girl, Henrietta, receives a new box of colored pencils and oh, the opportunities to create something special are endless. With the help of her cat, Fellini, Henrietta begins to create a book titled, "The Monster with Three Heads and Two Hats." She begins to narrator, write, and illustrate her own story with beautiful child-like drawings.

What a great read for young students! I really enjoyed this grap
Stephanie Tournas
Henrietta's mom gives her a box of colored pencils. She gets so wrapped up in drawing and writing a story for herself about a three-headed monster that she scares herself. But, she realizes that she is in control, so she creates a happy ending. I love that the little girl is creating her story while describing her creative process to her pet and the reader. Outlined ink and watercolor cels on each page narrate Henrietta's creative progress, while large pastel drawings show her story as she write ...more
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The creative process is wonderfully shown here in this totally charming book. I love that Henrietta scares herself with her own plot and illustrations! Terrific concept well executed. I would love to use this in a classroom with kids!
Laura Harrison
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So amazing! You would think you were looking at a freshly colored with crayons book. The illustrations are so vivid and lively. Impossible not to be captivated by this title. The kids will love it!!!
Aliza Werner
WW Mentor text for elements of story: happy ending, punctuation use (ellipses), qualities of characters
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A new book from the author of The Big Wet Balloon, this graphic novel for young readers encourages creating your own books. Henrietta has a new box of colored pencils and sets out to create her own book with help from her cat, Fellini. It becomes a tale of a brave girl named Henrietta who discovers a three-headed monster in her wardrobe. The wardrobe turns out to be a magic one, leading to a labyrinth filled with clothes. They search for a hat for the one head of the monster that doesn’t have on ...more
Fred Patten
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Children love comic books. I learned to read when my parents got me a subscription to "Walt Disney's Comics & Stories" before I started school. And most children try to draw their own at an early age.

In this delightful mostly-picture hardcover book for young readers, 7- or 8-year-old Henrietta sets out to draw her own comic book. The Argentinian author/artist Liniers shows her explaining what she's doing to her cat, Fellini. The 60-page book is a mixture of scenes of her drawing, with Fellini wa
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Henrietta has gotten a box of colored pencils from her mother and uses them to create and draw the story of Emily, a brave girl that goes on an adventure to help a three headed monster find a hat. Readers will be able to see Henrietta's imagination unfold right before their eyes as she writes and illustrates the story of Emily.
This Toon Book by Argentinian author and comic strip writer Ricardo Liniers, takes us into the creative mind of a young writer and illustrator, and shows the writing proc
Maggie Watson
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
First of all, I thought this book was absolutely darling. I am not one for graphic novels, but this was a great starter book for getting into graphic novels. It was also very fun and intriguing, and easy to follow. It is about a little girl, Henrietta, who writes and illustrates a story. It follows her story that she is writing, as well as her point of view while writing it. This book has wonderful illustrations that seem very real as to how a child would imagine and draw ideas. I believe that t ...more
Lawanda James
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book because it is not something I would choose to read. It is more like a comic book. Henrietta is quite the narrator and story teller. The drawing are a little scary but the plot is great! I may look into more Toon books.
This grew on me as the (short) story progressed. Henrietta's cute, and it's an interesting concept. ...more
I remember playing while I was drawing when I was a kid, too. The line between author and audience is blurred. Children have a unique ability to be in such an unusual position.
Robin Raines-Bond
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great comic book story that tells about writing a story beginning to middle to end. Love the child illustrations. It tells two stories in one. You gotta love LiNiErS.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-talks-2017
Book talk K-2nd grade. Have an adventure and write your own story. Here's a book to show you how. ...more
A delightful peek into the creative process.
Emma Davison
“Written and Drawn by Henrietta” follows the story of a young girl, Henrietta, writing and illustrating her own book. Essentially a book within a book, Henrietta’s book is about the adventure that a three-headed monster and a little girl named Emily take to find a new hat. The primary illustrations in the book are by main character Henrietta who draws all of her own pictures. Her drawings are wild, child-like, colorful, and creative which makes them relatable to children with similar drawing sty ...more
I chose to make a list of presents the main character might like for her birthday. I felt this assignment was a good fit for the information provided in the book because we learn a lot about areas Henrietta is talented in and what she likes. We also get a few hints about other things she might have found inspirational, scary, or interesting. So in order to make this list, you’d have to have a solid understanding of the character, really notice the details and use deeper thinking to figure out hi ...more
Viviane Elbee
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amusing book that seems to have been written by the main character (a young child named Henrietta) - complete with child-like illustrations. Kids thought it was kind of silly and funny.
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Copyright: 2008
Number of Pages: 112
Book Format: paperback
Reading Level: grades 1-5, GR level N
Genre: fiction
Lit Requirement: graphic Novel

Henrietta loves reading books, and she decides that she wants to try writing her own! she writes her own story about a brave girl, a monster with three heads but only two hats, and an adventure all over the world. Read the book to find out what Henrietta does to help the monster with his hat problem!

I love the drawings in this book, they are so
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
My second Liniers book, and just a day after my first.

The book is about a young girl drawing a comic! Liniers draws in his usual style when drawing the girl who is commenting on her work in progress. The girl's comic is shown as well (drawn in a very rough manner with pencil crayons). I liked the interplay between the girl's musings on what her story is going to be and her story itself.

It really made me want to get up and write/draw my own little tales. Its a celebration of creativity just like
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Henrietta is the reigning star of this tale as she writes and draws us through her adventurous story with the help of her faithful cat, Fellini. Her story introduces the readers to a brave girl who encounters a three-headed monster with only two hats. The monster emerges from her wardrobe and ends up just simply needing her help in finding a hat from her magically large wardrobe. Once inside they discover a much bigger threat. Henrietta is wondering (since she is in the process of writin
Every primary classroom creating stories should have this wonderful book. Sweet Henrietta takes all the steps writing her story, adds "sudden" action, big surprises, and the characters change! In small boxes, Henrietta speaks to her cat Fellini, and on occasion, a stuffed bear. In the larger part of the illustrations, the story is drawn with speech balloons, looking just like children's drawings. They'll be so appealing to young children. Coupled with the book by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, One Day, Th ...more
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Nombre con el que firma el historietista Ricardo Liniers Siri.

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