Henrietta's life is different to that of her school pals. One day, Henri's life is turned upside down with the discovery that her grumpy dad and pampered mum are not her real parents and are parents... and are thinking of sending her away to a home.
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This is an enchanting tale that any child would find amusing. In Roald Dahl fashion Henrietta lives in a dysfunctional household with parents who do not like her. Indeed parent / child roles are somewhat reversed. The miserable child is surprised by he mother's sudden change of heart when she takes her to school. However, Henri soon realises that she is a laughing stock and a pariah and no one wants to play with her or even talk. The kind intervention of her teacher helps her realise what a cruel trick has been played on her. Henri after 10/11 years is now a different child, bent on revenge. Her change of heart is knocked sideways when she learns her parents do not want her and are going to send her away. Only;y after a magic coat is thrown at her does she realise they are not her parents. She cries and attracts the attention of a treki alien called Eanie Meanie who agrees to help. Suddenly she finds she is stranded in another world and meets a second malicious alien called Geegle. After a further twist the tree of them share one goal to get Henrietta home to her world. On their way a third character joins the called Arthur Charmin, a boy who is not a boy. The remainder of the story covers Henri's adventurous school life and her journey far away from Earth. This is a book you cannot put down and need to keep turning the pages.
Henri is 10 years old, going on 11 and her parents have abused her to the point of tears. While she sobs in her bedroom, an alien spacecraft is picking up the sound on radar and the sound is mistake for the mating call of a Meanie by Dr. Eanie Meanie. He is on a training mission to seek out intelligent life on other worlds. His mentor, a robotic computer called SNOT, beams Dr. Eanie to Earth to investigate.
Dr. Eanie is a changeling and not knowing how to disguise himself, arrives at Henri¿s bedroom as a postal drop off box. The two decide to become friends and according to Eanie, a hug seals the deal of friendship. What he does not say is that a hug causes the DNA of two entities to be exchanged. This proves to have an advantage for Henri later on in the story.
Eanie inquires about Henri¿s skin and one thought leads to another until Henri brings out an old coat that is given to her by her abusive mother. Eanie and Henri examine the pockets and find a partial message. What is the message? Henri puts on the old coat what happens next is the adventure of a lifetime for Henri.
The story is written in the third person with lots of visualization, humor, melancholy, and adventure. The best at telling a good story in my opinion are the British¿without trouble! This story is no exception. The inside art well-illustrates the action and facts inserted in the comments throughout the story stimulate the reader to research further into other cultures.
Schoolteachers may want to read to their classrooms. Every library should have one.