Deacon, Alexis I Am Henry Finch Illustrated by Viviane Schwarz Candlewick Press, 2015. $16.99 PICTURE BOOK Content: G.
The finches don’t really think for themselves because they are so busy chattering about nonsense, so one night when Henry wakes up in the middle of the night to silence he starts to have his own thoughts. He starts to think for himself and comes up with an idea to defeat the beast that eats and torments him and his finch friends. His idea doesn’t work and he ends up in the belly of the beast, but he sends out thoughts to the beast to let him go and it works.
This book is weird. The fingerprint finches are adorable, but when Henry figures out that he can think for himself the story gets complicated. Also the idea that he can convince a beast to let him go just from sending thoughts from his stomach makes no sense at all. When we were done reading, my seven year old looked at me with a confused face and said that was dumb. I would put this as not recommended, but the art work is fun and might inspire kids to create their own art.
EL (K-3)-OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.