Henry Hodges Needs a Friend – Netgalley Review

book by:
Andy Andrews

Reviewed by:
On June 24, 2017
Last modified:June 24, 2017


From the author of The Kid Who Changed the World, this hilarious rhyming story, complete with charming art, offers comfort to children who often feel left out or are in need of a good friend.

At some point, almost every child struggles with feeling like they don’t fit in or are left out—just like Henry Hodges. Henry is a lonely little boy on a lonely little street who longs for a friend. One day, his mother and father take him to a pet rescue shelter and his lonely world is changed! Told in a playful rhyme with adorable illustrations, this book will be a favorite among children and parents who love dogs and, ultimately, will comfort and encourage children who struggle with feeling accepted and finding friends.

Kids will want to read this whimsical and imaginative story again and again!

Henry Hodges Needs a Friend is a children’s book written by Andy Andrews. Andy is a wonderful Christian story-teller. I’ve read a few of his books and have thoroughly enjoyed them. He does a wonderful job of interjecting feeling into his stories. Henry Hodges is one of those stories.

Henry is a young boy living with his mother and father, and he is lonely. He doesn’t have any friends who live nearby. Using clever rhyme, Andy Andrews tells Henry’s story. Henry’s imagination is vivid. He desperately wants a friend, and his mind imagines the interesting animal friends he could have.

Ultimately, Henry’s parents promise him that he is going to get a new friend, a puppy. Henry is delighted to meet his new friend and calls him “Hap,” for Happy. No longer lonely and sad, Henry understands that God knows what we need and will provide.

The illustrations in this book are colorful and enjoyable.

My three year old thoroughly enjoyed Henry’s story, and I believe this book would be appropriate for preschoolers through first or second grade.

I’m looking forward to reading more Andy Andrews stories!

Product details

  • File Size: 6311 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 3, 2015)
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2015
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00S4370D0

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