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Henry's Hand

Henry's Hand

Fall 2013 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Ross MacDonald
ISBN: 9781419705274
Hardcover Price: $16.95

In author-illustrator Ross MacDonald's unexpected tale for young readers, Henry is a "bits-and-pieces kind of guy," a sort of gentle Frankenstein's monster type of fellow whose bits and pieces tend to take off at random. Henry's mischievous eyeball rolls under the couch….his foot stays in bed when Henry gets up in the morning. Henry's detachable right hand, however, is not only helpful, but downright companionable. Until, that is, Henry gets lazy and lounges around taking advantage of his friend Hand, ordering him to change TV channels, fetch the mail and the newspaper and even Henry's toothbrush. Hand has enough and runs away to the big city. There, the unattached appendage finds surprising fame and fortune, while back at home, repentant Henry learns to fend for himself. But never fear, a happy reunion and a truer friendship await. MacDonald complements his quirky-sweet tale with soft watercolor illustrations evoking a retro 1940-ish feel.

Lynne Heffley   ©2013 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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