Review: Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Liniers

Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Liniers

Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Liniers

Released September 29, 2015.

A new book from the author of The Big Wet Balloon, this graphic novel for young readers encourages creating your own books. Henrietta has a new box of colored pencils and sets out to create her own book with help from her cat, Fellini. It becomes a tale of a brave girl named Henrietta who discovers a three-headed monster in her wardrobe. The wardrobe turns out to be a magic one, leading to a labyrinth filled with clothes. They search for a hat for the one head of the monster that doesn’t have one to wear. But when they find a hat they also discover another monster, this one has one head and three hats. How will they escape?

Liniers is a well-known Argentinian cartoonist. This book embraces the creative work of children, nicely capturing the simple story arc of a child as well as the colorful and loose art style. The creative process is also captured with asides from Henrietta to Fellini that show her having problems at times coming up with new ideas and at other times having problems with the continuation of the story line after something dramatic happens. It’s a clever way to demonstrate the hurdles of creativity and story writing without lecturing.

The art is wonderful. Linier uses two clearly different styles in the book, one for Henrietta’s real world and the other for her written story. The real world ones are quieter and more realistic while the story is zany. It is filled with scribbles, colors, and really looks as if a creative child could have done it. The result is a book where the real world pieces are clearly different than the story, avoiding any confusion at all.

A solid graphic novel for young readers, children with dreams of writing their own books will love this journey through creativity. Appropriate for ages 5-7.

Reviewed from copy received from TOON Books.

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:


Alex Gino: ‘I knew I was different as a kid’ – #kidlit #transgender

But How Do You Really Teach With Picture Books? – Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension #kidlit

Captain Underpants book reveals Harold marries a man – #kidlit #lgbt #bravo

Christian groups slam transgender book ‘George,’ saying it will only confuse kids #transgender #kidlit

Five questions for Eric Carle – The Horn Book – #kidlit

Laura Carlin wins the Bratislava children’s books illustration award 2015 – #kidlit

Maurice Sendak Sent Beautifully Illustrated Letters to Fans — So Beautiful a Kid Ate One – #kidlit

What I’ve Learned from the Books My Kids Love | Brightly #kidlit

Where the magic happens: children’s illustrators open up their studios – in pictures – The Guardian #kidlit


Chicago’s Chinatown library breaks cookie-cutter mold #libraries

Launch Pad Makerspace at Buffalo & Erie County Public Library – #libraries

Library of Congress’s computer woes also disrupt national service for blind and disabled users #libraries

The most popular books in U.S. public libraries, mapped by city #libraries

National Wales library card launches – #libraries

San Diego Opens First Public Library Biotech Lab – #libraries

libraries: what are they up to?:


12 Books for Fans of I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – The Hub – #yalit

Award-winning teen book Into the River banned in New Zealand – #yalit

David Levithan Inks Four-Book Deal With Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers – #yalit

One Thing Leads to Another: An Interview with Patrick Ness – #yalit

Patrick Ness and John Green lead authors to raise £200,000 for refugees in 24 hours #yalit #refugees

Why fiction can help us understand the Syrian refugee crisis – #yalit