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Henry in Love

(Chloe the Bunny #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  914 ratings  ·  187 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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Megan (ReadingRover)
I love this little book about young love!!! It’s about Henry, a shy little cat? I think he’s a cat? Maybe a chipmunk?, who has a crush on a bunny girl in his class named Chloe. He works on getting noticed by her throughout the day and then they share a snack. It’s a really cute story with soft delicate illustrations.
Dec 27, 2009 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, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Peter McCarty Fans
Ever since his Hondo & Fabian was chosen as a Caldecott Honor Book in 2003, I have been curious about Peter McCarty's work, so when I first saw Henry in Love - released just this past December - I was quite excited, particularly as I thought it would make a wonderful title for our discussion of Valentine's Day books, over in the online Children's Books group I run. Unfortunately, although I thought the illustrations were lovely - definitely worth four stars! - the narrative was so bland, tha ...more
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Feb 11, 2010 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 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 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 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 blueberry muffi ...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 a ...more
Apr 12, 2010 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. ...more
Feb 09, 2014 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. ...more
Feb 02, 2010 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.
Apr 20, 2010 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. ...more
Mar 01, 2011 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. ...more
May 11, 2015 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! ...more
Mar 29, 2013 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.
Kaitlin Bisbee
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
McCarty's "Henry in Love" is a story about a cat named Henry who brings a blueberry muffin to school for a snack. He's in love with a bunny in his class, Chloe, and at the end of the day Henry gets to sit next to Chloe. Henry and Chloe switch snacks.This is a sweet story about a little boy having a crush on a girl, which we know happens all of the time in our classrooms! This doesn't encourage anything inappropriate, but instead highlights the ways in which we can interact with people that we li ...more
Kendall Henson
Henry is in love with a girl at school. They play together, show off their tumbling skills, and even talk to each other. When their desks are moved together, they are excited. When snack time comes around, they even trade snacks. This romance seems to be off to a good start.

This book was cute. I liked the illustrations and the general storyline of a little boy giving attention to a girl, and even sharing his blueberry muffin with her, when all he got in return was a carrot. However, the book end
Suzanne Kunz Williams
A darling little book about a boy in grade school in love with a girl.

**Talking Points - How do you know Henry loved (or really liked) Chloe? What did he do that showed you? How do you show your love to those you love? How do you like others to show their love for you?
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations caught my eye initially, but I fell in love with the story of two friends- a cat and a bunny! Another story the kiddies will enjoy for Valentine's day! ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I feel like there isn't quite enough here for my tastes. As always, McCarty does some stuff I REALLY like (inclusion of 'diverse' names) but the illustrations are a little uncanny valley for me. ...more
Adams' Country Retreat
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute story.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So cute.
Emily Gingrich
Although it is a silly story, I believe this would be a very sweet read-aloud to do with children around valentines day.
Rosemary Sullivan
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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Jan 29, 2010 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 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
Monica Jung
Mar 15, 2015 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 simpl
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I bet Chloe plays that trick with all the boys. Poor Henry.
Jono Jones
Jan 26, 2010 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
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