ELLIOT, David. Henry’s Map. illus. by author. 40p. Philomel. June 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-399-16072-1.
PreS-Gr 2–Henry likes to keep things organized, so he decides to make a map of the farm. As he travels the barnyard drawing his own pigsty, the woolshed and sheep, the chicken coop, and the stables, the other animals are excited by his project and join him. Map finished, the piglet leads them proudly up the hill to compare the map to the farm itself–only to find that none of the animals are where they are supposed to be. “Where did we go?” they ask. They dash back to check each location, and when they arrive, they are relieved to find everyone in the right place. With appealing characters and gentle humor, this book will be a hit at storytime, or as an introduction to mapping lessons. Elliot’s squiggly watercolor and pencil illustrations make clever use of white space, with the pictures expanding as the confusion of the story does and receding as Henry’s world becomes orderly once again.–Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD