Review Blog

May 29 2011

Henry the Goat by Ella Watkins

cover image

Hardie Grant Egmont, 2011. ISBN 9781921690877
Henry the goat just loves to play - but sometimes his over-exuberance for life leads to strife. Today his best friends, Rufus, a book-worm marsupial, and Oscar, a water-phobic crocodile, are coming to play and Henry cannot wait. He helps his Dad tidy the garden, helps his mum bake a cake and then sits quietly with Grandma reading books until his friends arrive, although Henry's idea of helping does not  necessarily coincide with theirs. The afternoon is full of fun and frolic, but it may be that Henry is the only one having fun.
This story has so much energy that it just leaps off the pages and the reader really experiences Henry's enthusiasm. But you have to engage with the pictures to see if this is really fun for everyone. Perhaps Rufus and Oscar are not quite as enthusiastic.
Henry the Goat came to life when the author was just 8 years old and this book was written when she was 14. 'At first Henry was just a picture that I drew in my school poetry book. Most things that you draw you never draw again. However later I decided to redraw him, just to show him to Mum and Dad. Before I knew it, every time I picked up a pencil, my hand would etch the few lines that made up Henry's features. With each time I redrew him he began to change a little and I was soon drawing him with different expressions and movements. As I drew him more and more, a personality began to form. I noticed that Henry didn't seem to react randomly to situations I set him, I began to know him. I began to understand him and the way he thinks. That's when I realized his personality was kicking in, he was becoming a person. I now knew he needed a name. Henry seemed the right name for a goat of such status.'
Meet Ella and Henry at http://www.henrythegoat.com.au
Barbara Braxton

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
International Children's Book Day 2nd April, 2017
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals 2017 longlist
CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist 2017
Branford Boase Award 2017 longlist
Children's Book Award 2017 shortlist
Infographic: Teen reading habits
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017
Newbery and Caldecott Medals 2017
ALA awards 2017
Costa Children's Book Award 2016
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates