Written and Drawn by Henrietta
Toon Books/Publishers Group Canada
age 3-5, 5-8
Synopsis from Toon Books:
Reading 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.
From a young age we encourage storytelling with kids, from creating scenarios with dolls and LEGO to joining in a space mission with friends on the school playground. Creating stories on paper is another way to discover a child’s own imagination and love of stories. Written and Drawn by Henrietta will no doubt build on a child’s love of imaginative stories as Henrietta uses a new box of pencil crayons to unfold a make believe world on paper.
The story is simple and the illustrations add to the feel that you are indeed reading a child created adventure. I love how the story unfolds even for Henrietta with each panel she creates. Each idea flows into another and another. She doesn’t have everything planned out. Parents will find a tips on how to read and share comics with kids and Toon Books also offers a lesson plan for Written and Drawn by Henrietta should you want to extended the fun beyond the story. I know my own kids were influenced from this book to create their own comic stories.