HENRY'S HAND by Ross MacDonald
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HENRY'S HAND

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Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A good old-fashioned man/appendage love story for the ages.

Henry’s just your typical Frankenstein’s monster, “bits-and-pieces kind of guy.” Prone to having his body parts wander off without him, he’s closest to his right hand. Alas, Henry fails to appreciate the hand’s work, cruelly exploiting its helpful little green digits, sending it out to start the car on cold mornings and making it get up to change the channel. Little wonder that, one day, he finds that it has taken off for the big city. There, it saves a rich man from certain death and instantly becomes the talk of the town. Yet at the end of the day, even fame and fortune cannot compare to a good friend who knows you like the back of…well, you know. The combination of a rags-to-riches tale and the monster genre might appear jarring in the abstract, but MacDonald manages to make the enterprise work. The text is warm and friendly, though adults of a certain age will have a hard time not thinking of Thing from The Addams Family. Meanwhile, the art takes advantage of classic 1930s tropes, from crooked caps and newsboys to mailrooms and wealthy socialites.

Kids will come for the monster and the disembodied hand. They’ll stay for the story. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4197-0527-4
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2013




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