Henry Hodges Needs a Friend

Henry Hodges Needs a Friend

by Andy Andrews

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From the author of The Kid Who Changed the World, this hilarious rhyming story, complete with charming art, offers comfort to children who often feel left out or are in need of a good friend.

At some point, almost every child struggles with feeling like they don’t fit in or are left out—just like Henry Hodges. Henry is a lonely little boy on a lonely little street who longs for a friend. One day, his mother and father take him to a pet rescue shelter and his lonely world is changed! Told in a playful rhyme with adorable illustrations, this book will be a favorite among children and parents who love dogs and, ultimately, will comfort and encourage children who struggle with feeling accepted and finding friends.

Kids will want to read this whimsical and imaginative story again and again!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718039608
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Andy Andrews is a bestselling novelist, speaker, and consultant for some of the world’s most successful teams, largest corporations, and fastest-growing organizations. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Noticer, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, and the modern classic The Traveler’s Gift. For more information, please visit AndyAndrews.com.

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Henry Hodges Needs a Friend 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
rkfall More than 1 year ago
This was a nice read. My children liked it and it opened opportunities for conversation on Jesus being the Ultimate Friend that will never leave us and wants to walk through our days with us. He is faithful to lead us to the friends He wants us to befriend for Kingdom purposes. And along the way He is beyond amazing to know us intimately and add blessings to our lives in the way of pets and critters. We have had our fair share over the years and we count each one a blessing. I really loved the author’s way of descriptive/creative one-of-a-kind searches. They had us laughing out loud! Pick this one up and read it to your littles. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Henry Hodges Needs A Friend Author: Andy Andrews Illustrator: Colleen Madden Published: 3-3-2015 Publisher: Thomas Nelson - Children's Pages: 33 Genre: Children's Fiction Sub Genre: Friendships ISBN: 13-978-029115768 ASIN: B00S4370D0 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 5 Stars I received a free copy of this e-book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. . Henry is a young boy who is lonely and in need of a friend. His parents decide a pet of his very own would be the perfect pet. Henry has some unusual ideas as to the type of pet he will get and the illustrations depict these hilarious ideas. This is a great short read and a wonderful book for parents to read with a young child about choosing the right pet for them. My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Henry Hodges is a lonely little boy who lives in a very quiet town at the very end of his street. He doesn't have any friends that live nearby and he has become bored playing with his toys. He mopes around sad and lonely. One day his mother tells him that he is going to be getting a special pet. He imagines all kinds of fantastic pets with fantastic abilities such as a figure skating hippo. When he gets to the shelter he looks at all the animals until he sees a lonely little dog at the end. This is going to be his special new friend. He names him Hap, short for Happy. and knows right away that this is his special new friend. With Hap in his life, heavyhearted Henry is changed forever. He and Hap run and play, exploring their world around them together and Henry is now a happy boy with a happy life. A shared life is a happy life. This book is written in rhyme and The illustrations are wonderful. The pictures are full of imagination and humour. There a couple of messages that can be reinforced with children using this book. The first is that you need to be open to what you are looking for. Whether it is a new pet, a new friend or a present for a special event, what you get may not be what you wanted, but it can still be amazing. The second is if you are feeling lonely, do not give up, a new friend may be just around the corner waiting for you, just like Hap was waiting for Henry. Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to read and review this book.
HPedersen More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this sweet children's book. The story-line is adorable, and the illustrations are great!
flakymn More than 1 year ago
Written by New York Times Bestselling Author Andy Andrews, this book is billed as a "hilarious rhyming story." While it was sweet and the art was, as promised, charming, I didn't find it hilarious by any stretch of the word. A little bit silly, it was generally a very "regular" story about a little boy who, feeling lonely, is given a dog by his parents. The conclusion sentence sums up what the author is trying to instill in children through this book: Henry didn't need a funny pet, Colored yellow or blue, But a one-of-a-kind friend, Just like your friends need you. At some point, almost every child struggles with feeling like they don't fit in or are left out -- just like Henry Hodges. I appreciated the author trying to make that point. However, I just didn't feel like this story did a good job of reaching "every" child. I personally wasn't a huge fan of his feelings of loneliness being because he lived on a quiet street without a lot of children. I felt the reason for his loneliness was very narrowed. There are many kids who live on quiet streets that don't feel lonely. I also wasn't a fan of a dog solving his problems. As a dog lover, I love books about dogs. And I agree that they can truly make sadness in your life, lift considerably. However, there are many children who aren't able to get a pet. And even if they are, a pet isn't a friend. They are very different things. Generally, I thought this book was very sweet and the art very charming, but the storyline itself just seemed a little ordinary and narrow. Not my personal cup of tea.
catloverAD More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. It tells in a rhyming fashion of a boy who is lonely and there are no friends that live in his area. Dad tells him he is going to get him a one of a kind friend, which that leads Henry to imagine all types of things. They go to an animal shelter and Henry is able to find his one of a kind friend. The illustrations were very bright and had alot of detail. Great book.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
This book is written in rhyme and tells the story of a lonely little boy, named Henry, who lives in a very quiet town, at the very end of his street.  He has no one to play with as no friends live near him  and he doesn't like toys, so he mopes around feeling isolated, sad and lost.   "Henry wandered outside  To his old tire swing, Just to wonder what boredom This new day would bring." His parents decide to find the perfect companion for him. "But his mother's eyes twinkled. 'Don't worry. Don't fret. A friend's what you need, So a friend's what you'll get." After searching around everywhere they finally discover the perfect friend, a dog, that Henry dubs "Hap".   "It's a nickname for Happy, And that's just what you'll be. You'll have a friend always Now that you're with me." With the arrival of Hap into his life, heavyhearted Henry is changed forever.  He and his new companion run and play, exploring their world  around them together, and Henry is delighted with Hap. A shared life is a happy life.   The illustrator is fantastic and her pictures are full of imagination and wit which I just love.  The message of book will resonate with any child who is feeling lonely and will encourage them not to give up because THEIR new best friend could be just around the corner waiting ...  just as Henry's was.  
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
A great rhyming story! Henry Hodges is a very bored, lonely, young boy He has no friends and doesn't like his toy So his parents decide a friend just for him to find A great idea - don't you agree that was kind? The story is told throughout in rhyme That's a winner with me, every time It is illustrated brilliantly too Enhancing the story for me and for you It shows the friends Henry dreams he will have its true Wonder if you'll think of the same ones too? I like how he becomes lonely no more As their family grows from three to four. The book is delightful for children to read again and again With pictures and rhymes to amuse and enchant now and then So I highly recommend that you go take a look To see if you also think this is a great book! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too For letting me look at this book in exchange for an honest review.