Published by TOON Books
Summary: When Henrietta’s mom gives her some colored pencils (“A box of colored pencils is as close as you can get to owning a piece of the rainbow”), she’s inspired to write and illustrate a book entitled, “The Monster with Three Heads and Two Hats”. The rest of the book is her story as it unfolds, with side pictures of her working, sometimes inspired by her cat, Fellini. Henrietta struggles with writer’s block, but eventually gets so into her work that she scares herself at times. The final page shows Henrietta and Fellini walking with the pages of the book tucked under Henrietta’s arm as she says, “Now let’s go look for a publisher.” A Spanish language version, Escrito y Dibujado por Enriqueta is also available. Ages 5-8.
Pros: A celebration of a child’s creative process, told in cartoon form. Readers will enjoy both Henrietta’s book and her efforts to produce it in this colorful easy reader.
Cons: Some of the hat varieties (fedora, montfra, Phrygian cap) may be challenging for beginning readers.