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Henrietta: There's No One Better
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Henrietta: There's No One Better

by Martine Murray
 

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Judy Moody, Clarice Bean, and Junie B. Jones have a new best friend. Introducing Henrietta!

Henrietta has a habit of making things up.

Some things are true: Henrietta has a baby brother the size of a sock (almost), a crazy brown dog named Madge, and a constant hunger for chocolate ripple cake. She is good at explorification and making her dad's undies into

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Judy Moody, Clarice Bean, and Junie B. Jones have a new best friend. Introducing Henrietta!

Henrietta has a habit of making things up.

Some things are true: Henrietta has a baby brother the size of a sock (almost), a crazy brown dog named Madge, and a constant hunger for chocolate ripple cake. She is good at explorification and making her dad's undies into a superb hat. Other things are not true: Henrietta says she can keep a secret. She cannot.

But if Henrietta has a big habit of making things up, she has a bigger habit of making things fun, even little brothers and hamsters. So come meet Henrietta, and make an irresistible, irrepressible new friend.

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PW STARRED
Henrietta P. Hoppenbeek provides the delightfully careening narrative in Murray's (The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley ) quirky tale. After the garrulous heroine describes herself ("I'm a good wiggler, and sometimes I'mexhillperating and sometimes I'mexasperating "), she introduces her pet mice, dog, best friend and baby brother Albert, who is "only the size of a sock. Not really. He's probably about the same size as a sewing machine, only he can't sew." Sepia- and rose-toned spot illustrations in a childlike free-hand style demonstrate Henrietta's points (e.g., baby Albert within the outline of a sewing machine). She blithely announces that her role at home is to "make sure things keep happening." It is a job at which she excels. Trotting out her comically overactive imagination, the lass lists the things she can do: "I can become a dueling rhinoceros, a surf champion,... or a high-and-mighty lady singing hallelujah, praise the land of agreeable chairs" (a series of scenes depict a chair as her chief prop in each scenario) and confides that "what she really want[s] to be is an explorer" (e.g., sailing in the bathtub with her brother to the Land of One Thousand Alberts, where she drops him off "for a long holiday"). Handlettered type that swirls across the page, along with the energetic, spontaneous-looking drawings add to the whimsy of the book. Feisty, inventive Henrietta is sure to attract many fans. Ages 7-10.(June)

SLJ
K-Gr 3–This hybrid picture-/short chapter book introduces free-spirited, precocious, and self-absorbed Henrietta, who describes herself as “a good wiggler, and sometimes I'm exhillperating and sometimes I'm expasperating.” In a rambling narrative featuring creative wordplay and colorful fonts, the girl describes her family, pets, friends, and imaginative journeys. Scattered throughout are plenty of whimsical, childlike drawings with red accents. In one venture, she sets sail in her bathtub for undiscovered lands, first dropping her baby brother, Albert, in the Land of One Thousand Alberts before heading on to the Wide Wide Long Cool Coast of the Lost Socks. She also has a special relationship with “the Rietta,” an imaginary partner-in-crime. While her musings are a bit silly at times, they are effervescent and inventive, too. One episode gently relates the demise of one of her pet mice, who dies of loneliness after her companion runs away. This causes Henrietta to muse thoughtfully that “all things get lonely.” This girl will be embraced by many young readers, particularly those who've enjoyed Lauren Child's “Clarice Bean” books (Candlewick).–Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

Publishers Weekly
Henrietta P. Hoppenbeek provides the delightfully careening narrative in Murray's (The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley) quirky tale. After the garrulous heroine describes herself ("I'm a good wiggler, and sometimes I'm exhillperating and sometimes I'm exasperating"), she introduces her pet mice, dog, best friend and baby brother Albert, who is "only the size of a sock. Not really. He's probably about the same size as a sewing machine, only he can't sew." Sepia- and rose-toned spot illustrations in a childlike free-hand style demonstrate Henrietta's points (e.g., baby Albert within the outline of a sewing machine). She blithely announces that her role at home is to "make sure things keep happening." It is a job at which she excels. Trotting out her comically overactive imagination, the lass lists the things she can do: "I can become a dueling rhinoceros, a surf champion,... or a high-and-mighty lady singing hallelujah, praise the land of agreeable chairs" (a series of scenes depict a chair as her chief prop in each scenario) and confides that "what she really want[s] to be is an explorer" (e.g., sailing in the bathtub with her brother to the Land of One Thousand Alberts, where she drops him off "for a long holiday"). Handlettered type that swirls across the page, along with the energetic, spontaneous-looking drawings add to the whimsy of the book. Feisty, inventive Henrietta is sure to attract many fans. Ages 7-10. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Ginjer L. Clarke
In the tradition of Junie B. Jones and others before her, Henrietta P. Hoppenbeek is full of imagination and full of herself. The book's illustrations and text include lots of variety and odd bits to emphasize Henrietta's individualism. We learn about Henrietta's dreams to explore; her nemesis, Bartley Baker; her younger brother, Albert; her best friend, Olive; and her dog, Madge, in short anecdotes that show her zest for life and mischief making. There is no discernible plot, but Henrietta is an engaging character, and her tales of various exploits are fun to go along with. The language and voice have plenty of offbeat humor and will amuse young readers who also see themselves as the very exciting center of a very dull universe. Some British slang will be unfamiliar to American readers but is not too difficult to interpret and adds to the quirkiness.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This hybrid picture-/short chapter book introduces free-spirited, precocious, and self-absorbed Henrietta, who describes herself as "a good wiggler, and sometimes I'm exhillperating and sometimes I'm expasperating." In a rambling narrative featuring creative wordplay and colorful fonts, the girl describes her family, pets, friends, and imaginative journeys. Scattered throughout are plenty of whimsical, childlike drawings with red accents. In one venture, she sets sail in her bathtub for undiscovered lands, first dropping her baby brother, Albert, in the Land of One Thousand Alberts before heading on to the Wide Wide Long Cool Coast of the Lost Socks. She also has a special relationship with "the Rietta," an imaginary partner-in-crime. While her musings are a bit silly at times, they are effervescent and inventive, too. One episode gently relates the demise of one of her pet mice, who dies of loneliness after her companion runs away. This causes Henrietta to muse thoughtfully that "all things get lonely." This girl will be embraced by many young readers, particularly those who've enjoyed Lauren Child's "Clarice Bean" books (Candlewick).-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439807470
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


Martine Murray is the author of THE SLIGHTLY TRUE STORY OF CEDAR B. HARTLEY, which received three starred reviews and was named to Booklist's roundup of Top Ten First Novels for Youth. She lives in Victoria, Australia.

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