Written and drawn by Henrietta A TOON book

Liniers, 1973-

Book - 2015

"When Henrietta's mother gives her a box of colored pencils, she sets out to draw a terrifying and fantastic adventure"--

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Graphic novels
Readers (Publications)
New York : TOON Books, an imprint of RAW Junior [2015]
Item Description
Chiefly illustrations.
Physical Description
60 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Main Author
Liniers, 1973- (artist)
Other Authors
Françoise Mouly (editor), Magdalena Okecki (book designer)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* A framed set of colored pencils opens this latest volume by beloved Argentinian cartoonist Liniers. Symbolic of limitless childhood imagination, the pencils are an image that's warmly inviting, vibrating with giddy promise, and particularly appropriate to the artist's clever story in a spirited, creative, and freewheeling style. Following those pristine pencils is a dual narrative: young Henrietta narrates her creative process alongside the story she creates, the tale of a three-headed monster looking for a third hat, who recruits Henrietta in the search through her labyrinthine wardrobe. Liniers' panels alternate between his nostalgic, clear-lined cartooning and Henrietta's wild, purely imaginative, heavy crayon scrawls in bold primary colors. Henrietta serves as both artist and audience, as she comments on her writing and reacts with over-the-top emotion to the scares in her own plot. It's a charming, funny device that integrates the two stories into a cohesive work and uniquely embraces its audience. More solidly linear than his strip Macanudo, Liniers' playful graphic novel is an ideally accessible alchemy of engaging, energetic storytelling and a fresh artistic perspective. A wonderful choice for both strong early readers and for grown-ups to share with younger children. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

As this story-within-a-story begins, Henrietta has just received a new box of colored pencils. She starts right in, drawing and writing a story she calls "The Monster with Three Heads and Two Hats." In the uproarious, childlike style Liniers (The Big Wet Balloon) uses for Henrietta's work, the monster's heads look like three enraged jack-o'-lanterns. "It's nighttime... Emily's in bed," Henrietta imagines, drawing Emily staring with wide-open eyes. "I'm scaring myself..." Henrietta says. Throughout, Liniers documents the way that Henrietta is both the source of her creation and the object of its emotional force; when the monster meets an even larger monster, Henrietta reacts with a yell at what she's drawn. There's plenty of laughter, too, as when the monster complains about the size of Emily's wardrobe: "We've been looking for a hat in there for months." Henrietta explains to her cat, Fellini, "You see, the wardrobe was made in Narnia." Liniers's creation brims with the power of invention, and Henrietta's boldness (and her confidence in her own talent) inspires. A Spanish-language edition is available simultaneously. Ages 5–up. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2–4—Henrietta is a young girl who has just received a new box of colored pencils, which she describes as "owning a piece of the rainbow." And that is exactly how this book is illustrated, with bright, thickly applied colors in childlike drawings that reinforce the mood and action of the text. Liniers offers a book within a book; Henrietta is the author and illustrator of a story starring herself. In between panels, Henrietta consults her talking cat Fellini, who offers his sometimes philosophical advice and checks up on Henrietta's writing progress. Her story begins with a secret closet, much like the well known one from the Narnia series. To Emily's surprise, out pops a monster with three heads (but only two hats). The young author and My Favorite (her beloved stuffed animal) embark on a journey through the closet to help her monster friend find another hat, aided by an almost silent mouse who gives excellent directions and helps them escape from a big red monster. At one point, Henrietta is so invested in her artwork and the creation of her story that she scares herself (and perhaps a few sensitive readers as well.) The Spanish language version is just as delightful—perhaps even more humorous. VERDICT This title is sure to be a hit with emerging readers and young fans of graphic/cartoon stories during storytime or independent reading. —Martha Rico, El Paso ISD, TX [Page 133]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Armed with new colored pencils, Henrietta is ready to make a new book of her own, and readers are invited to peek over her shoulder as she draws the story of a brave young girl, a three-headed monster and an impossibly wide world of adventure. 15,000 first printing. Jr Lib Guild. Children

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"When Henrietta's mother gives her a box of colored pencils, she sets out to draw a terrifying and fantastic adventure"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

When Henrietta's mother gives her a box of colored pencils, she sets out to draw a terrifying and fantastic adventure.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A book unlike anything young readers have seen before!

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Also available in Spanish as Escrito y dibujado por EnriquetaA Junior Library Guild SelectionReading books is fun . . . but what about making them? Armed with new colored pencils, Henrietta's ready to try. Peek over her shoulder as she draws the story of a brave young girl, a three-headed monster, and an impossibly wide world of adventure. Whether read aloud to a toddler or discovered by a young reader, Liniers' celebration of the creative process is sure to make everyone want to bring out their pencils.Ricardo Siri Liniers, known as Liniers, is the author of Macanudo, a daily comic strip hugely popular in Argentina, now available in English. His US debut, The Big Wet Balloon, a TOON Book, was nominated for an Eisner Award and chosen as one of Parents' Top 10 Children's Books. He lives in Buenos Aires with his wife and three daughters, Matilda, Clementina, and Emma, whom he credits as inspirations for this book.