Henry's Hand

Henry's Hand Cover

Henry's Hand

By Ross MacDonald

Abrams Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781419705274, 48pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Henry's Hand is a story about the friendship between Henry, a giant, and his right hand. You see, Henry sometimes has trouble keeping track of his body partseverything from his ears to one of his legs can fall off. Once, his eye even rolled under the couch and wouldn t come out until bedtime. But with help from Hand, Henry keeps himself together. In fact, Henry and Hand are the best of friends . . . that is, until Henry takes Hand for granted, pushes him too far, and Hand runs away. A charming tale of friendship, forgiveness, and loyalty, Henry's Hand is also a quirky story for readers of all ages, especially those of us who know what it feels like to fight with your best friend.
Praise for Henry's Hand
A charming story with wonderful illustrationsgive Ross and Henry a hand
Patrick McDonnell, Caldecott Honorwinning author/illustrator of Me . . . Jane and creator of Mutts
Clever, moving, and funny. What more can you ask for in a beautifully illustrated children's book?
Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair and father of five
In Ross MacDonald's world, fiendishly silly things happen as a matter of course. In Henry's Hand, our weirdly lovable hero is falling apartliterallyand chasing after the pieces. Only Henry is more human than he appears to bewhich can t always be said about the rest of us
David Small, author/illustrator of Stitches, a National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestseller
"Henry's Hand is funny and sweet, but creepily crazy enough to delight any young monster-lover. It delighted me."
Paul O. Zelinsky, three-time Caldecott Medal-winning author/illustrator
"A good old-fashioned man/appendage love story for the ages Kids will come for the monster and the disembodied hand. They ll stay for the story."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"All the pieces are in place, as it were, and MacDonald sets them in motion in a melodramatic plot that wraps up with a reunion worthy of applausewith both hands."
Publishers Weekly
"It's a ridiculous and bizarre concept, but also filled with a lot of heart."
School Library Journal
"Fresh and quirky tale about the bumps that occur even in the best of friendships."
The Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books
A Junior Library Guild Selection
2013 Parents' Choice Award - Recommended.

About the Author
Ross MacDonald is the award-winning illustrator of Hey Batta Batta Swing!; Another Perfect Day; and Hit the Road, Jack. His illustrations appear in Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Atlantic, Newsweek, Time, the Wall Street Journal, Harper s, and Rolling Stone. He lives in Connecticut, where he operates Brightwork Press."