Synopses & Reviews
is a story about the friendship between Henry, a giant, and his right hand. You see, Henry sometimes has trouble keeping track of his body partsand#151;everything from his ears to one of his legs can fall off. Once, his eye even rolled under the couch and wouldnand#8217;t come out until bedtime. But with help from Hand, Henry keeps himself together. In fact, Henry and Hand are the best of friends . . . that is, until Henry takes Hand for granted, pushes him too far, and Hand runs away. A charming tale of friendship, forgiveness, and loyalty, Henryand#8217;s Hand
is also a quirky story for readers of all ages, especially those of us who know what it feels like to fight with your best friend.
Praise for Henry's Hand
and#147;A charming story with wonderful illustrationsand#151;give Ross and Henry a hand!and#8221;
and#151;Patrick McDonnell, Caldecott Honorand#150;winning author/illustrator of Me . . . Jane and creator of Mutts
and#147;Clever, moving, and funny. What more can you ask for in a beautifully illustrated childrenand#8217;s book?and#8221;
and#151;Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair and father of five
and#147;In Ross MacDonaldand#8217;s world, fiendishly silly things happen as a matter of course. In Henryand#8217;s Hand, our weirdly lovable hero is falling apartand#151;literallyand#151;and chasing after the pieces. Only Henry is more human than he appears to beand#151;which canand#8217;t always be said about the rest of us!and#8221;
and#151;David Small, author/illustrator of Stitches, a National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestseller
"Henry's Hand is funny and sweet, but creepily crazy enough to delight any young monster-lover. It delighted me."
and#151;Paul O. Zelinsky, three-time Caldecott Medal-winning author/illustrator
"A good old-fashioned man/appendage love story for the agesand#133; Kids will come for the monster and the disembodied hand. Theyand#8217;ll stay for the story."
and#151;Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"All the pieces are in place, as it were, and MacDonald sets them in motion in a melodramatic plot that wraps up with a reunion worthy of applauseand#151;with both hands."
"Itand#8217;s a ridiculous and bizarre concept, but also filled with a lot of heart."
and#151;School Library Journal
"Fresh and quirky tale about the bumps that occur even in the best of friendships."
and#151;The Bulletin of The Center for Childrenand#8217;s Books
A Junior Library Guild Selection
2013 Parents' Choice Award - Recommended
“There is no question that Steigs affectionately witty pictures and perfectly complementary narration make this a durable picture book friendship.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The book is funny and earnest, pellucid and profound.”—The New York Times Book Review
* “A simple, matter-of-fact story about the friendship between a mouse and a whale. . . . Lovely watercolor pictures and a funny, well-written text which presents its plot coincidences in tongue-in-cheek manner fit together admirably in this faintly Aesopian tale.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review
Befriended by a whale as he is drowning in the ocean, a mouse gets a chance to reciprocate years later in an equally unlikely situation.
An Aesopian tale by the beloved author of "Shrek." Befriended by a whale as he is drowning in the ocean, a mouse gets a chance to reciprocate years later in an equally unlikely situation. Full color.
Amos the mouse and Boris the whale: a devoted pair of friends with nothing at all in common, except good hearts and a willingness to help their fellow mammal. They meet after Amos sets out to sail the sea and finds himself in extreme need of rescue. And there will come a day, long after Boris has gone back to a life at sea and Amos has gone back to life on dry land, when the tiny mouse must find a way to rescue the great whale. Amos & Boris is a 1971 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, Notable Children's Book of the Year, and Outstanding Book of the Year.
Friends come in all shapes and sizes.
Amos And Boris
About the Author
William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including Shrek!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based. Steig was born in New York City. Every member of his family was involved in the arts, and so it was no surprise when he decided to become an artist. He attended City College and the National Academy of Design. In 1930, Steigs work began appearing in The New Yorker, where his drawings have been a popular fixture ever since. He published his first children's book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968. In 1970, Steig received the Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. His books for children also include Dominic; The Real Thief; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; Amos & Boris, a National Book Award finalist; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books. Steig's books have also received the Christopher Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the William Allen White Children's Book Award, and the American Book Award. His European awards include the Premio di Letteratura per l'infanzia (Italy), the Silver Pencil Award (the Netherlands), and the Prix de la Fondation de France. On the basis of his entire body of work, Steig was selected as the 1982 U.S. candidate for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration and subsequently as the 1988 U.S. candidate for Writing. Stieg also published thirteen collections of drawings for adults, beginning with About People in 1939, and including The Lonely Ones, Male/Female, The Agony in the Kindergarten, and Our Miserable Life. He died in Boston at the age of 95.