Henry in Love by Peter McCarty

Henry in LoveSometimes you just need a sweet story without any snark or humorous abrasiveness. You just want something comforting, even if it makes you think deeper thoughts. Peter McCarty’s books are always exactly what you desire. The just-exactly-right illustrations are adorable, but with a difference—they’re just slightly off-kilter, enough to make you pay attention and discover wonderful details.

Henry (a cat) is in love with Chloe (a rabbit), “the loveliest girl in his class”. After a game of tag at recess, he gives her his blueberry muffin at snack time. The story’s plot is little more than that, but its variably textured illustrations add richness. They are a perfect visual representation of childhood’s single-mindedness and intensity of emotion, when the person you are talking to is the ONLY person that exists in the world at that moment, and no blueberry muffins have ever been more blue.

Posted by: Sarah


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