Caramba and Henry
By Marie-Louise Gay (Illustrator)
(Groundwood Books, Hardcover, 9781554980970, 40pp.)
Publication Date: August 2011
Categories: Family - Siblings
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Caramba’s little brother Henry is a nightmare. He won’t share anything, he squishes Caramba’s favorite caterpillars, and he screams all the time. But the very worst thing about Henry is that he is learning how to fly much to Caramba’s dismay. Caramba can’t keep up with Henry who, as he learns to fly, gets into all sorts of trouble. Caramba tries to protect his little brother, but it only makes Henry unhappy. Finally Caramba ties a string around Henry’s waist and lets him soar like a kite. One day Henry breaks free. It’s dark and the moon is rising when Caramba and his friend Portia finally find him clinging to a tree branch. And when Caramba manages to talk him down, a very relieved Henry purrs his first word: Car-r-r-amba.” True to form, Marie-Louise Gay’s new Caramba story is straight from the heart of a young child.
Marie-Louise Gay is a world-renowned author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many prestigious awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her books have been translated into more than fifteen languages and are loved by children all over the world. Her most recent book, Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth! has received starred reviews from School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews and Quill & Quire.
Toronto Public Library First and Best Booklist, 2011
"Gay puts many delightful quirks into a highly recognizable tale of sibling rivalry, and her singular illustrationsa delicate mix of watercolor, pencil, pastels and acrylicsare unique and captivating." Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
" a heartwarming tale of love and bravery …" School Library Journal
" [a] fresh spin on a story about learning how to be an older sibling." Publisher's Weekly