Synopses & Reviews
In this lovely valentine of a book, Julie Paschkis offers young readers a glimpse of the extraordinary world that can be hidden in the simplest of things. Alfonso loves his colorful, magical existence. He also loves the brilliant, beautiful Ida. But Ida, nose in a book, just doesnand#8217;t seem to notice. Can he win her heart with a cake of his own creation if the salt is gathered from the deep blue ocean, the butter from the summer sun, and flour like snowflakes from a night sky? An exquisitely illustrated story about imagination for children, but also a wonderful gift for lovestruck adults. (A treasured family recipe for apple cake included!)
"McCarty (Jeremy Draws a Monster) keenly observes a schoolyard crush in this charmer. The cover pictures Henry, an openhearted boy cat, sitting at his desk alongside Chloe, a coquettish bunny. Chloe wears a mysterious grin and a flowered dress of palest pink, and her long ears flop carelessly to one side ('He thought she was the loveliest girl in his class'). McCarty nails several aspects of grade-school life (Henry demonstrates his 'best forward roll' to impress Chloe) and loads his compact sentences with meaning and longing. At one point, Chloe, who sits in the back row, coyly asks, 'Are you looking at me?' as delicate wildflowers roar across the page, blithely encapsulating Henry's adulation. And in a playground game of tag, she taunts him from atop the jungle gym, 'You will never catch me!' McCarty crafts Chloe as a perfect flirt, who claims the blueberry muffin Henry has saved for snack time, and Henry as smitten and quietly hopeful. This gentle, pitch-perfect romance will have readers' hearts thumping with the thrill of first love. Ages 3 6." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"All is fair in love and kindergarten....The exquisite cream-colored pages bring richness to the presentation that makes readers want to turn each page. This beautiful book should appeal to the little ones who have a special someone in their lives but dare not say a word about it." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"McCarty nails several aspects of grade-school life (Henry demonstrates his "best forward roll"to impress Chloe) and loads his compact sentences with meaning and longing. This gentle, pitch-perfect romance will have readers' hearts thumping with the thrill of first love." Metro New York
"A perfect Valentine's Day read and a fine picture book about love and friendship the rest of the year. Henry in Love not only illuminates the freshness of a burgeoning friendship in the elementary school set, McCarty's light-handedness evidences an even deeper love for the ordinary world. School Library Journal (starred review)
This gentle, pitch-perfect romance will have readers hearts thumping with the thrill of first love. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
With precise figures placed in vignettes on a gorgeous creamy stock, McCarty tells a sweetly simple, utterly sincere schoolyard love story. Kirkus Reviews
"A story that exudes a pervasive sense of magic and underscores how far one gladly will go in the name of love."and#8212;Publishers Weekly,
starred review and#160; "Sweethearts of any age will celebrate the joy of love and shared simple pleasures."and#8212;Kirkus
"The fine detail in the fantastical gouache-and-ink scenes demands close-up viewing--and possibly a post-storytime treat."and#8212;Booklist
"This story is a celebration of the imagination and should spark discussions about solving problems creatively."and#8212;School Library Journal
"There's a genuine sweetness to Julie Paschkis's story."and#8212;New York Times Online
"The simple text conveys the power of love and imagination. . . Absolutely enchanting."and#8212;Cleveland.com
A Caldecott Honor-winning author/illustrator offers a fresh take on first love in this picture book.
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.
In thisand#160;lovelyand#160;valentine ofand#160;aand#160;book, award-winning author and illustrator Julie Paschkis has createdand#160;aand#160;joyous story about imagination, love, and cake that gives young readers a glimpse of the extraordinary world that can be hidden in the simplest of things, if only they open their eyes to look. A recipe for the cake is included.
About the Author
Peter McCarty has written and illustrated several books for children, including Hondo and Fabian, a 2003 Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and its sequel, Fabian Escapes; T is for Terrible; Little Bunny on the Move; and Moon Plane, the 2007 Charlotte Zolotow Award winner. He lives with his family in Clinton Corners, New York.