April 20, 2018

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Dibujado por Enriqueta/Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Liniers | SLJ Review

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WrittenandLINIERS. Escrito y Dibujado por Enriqueta. ISBN 9781935179917.
––––. Written and Drawn by Henrietta. ISBN 9781935179900.
ea vol: illus. by Liniers. 64p. (TOON Books). Toon Graphics. Sept. 2015. Tr. $12.95.
Gr 2-4–Henrietta is a young girl who has just received a new box of colored pencils, which she describes as “owning a piece of the rainbow.” And that is exactly how this book is illustrated, with bright, thickly applied colors in childlike drawings that reinforce the mood and action of the text. Liniers offers a book within a book; Henrietta is the author and illustrator of a story starring herself. In between panels, Henrietta consults her talking cat Fellini, who offers his sometimes philosophical advice and checks up on Henrietta’s writing progress. Her story begins with a secret closet, much like the well known one from the Narnia series. To Emily’s surprise, out pops a monster with three heads (but only two hats). The young author and My Favorite (her beloved stuffed animal) embark on a journey through the closet to help her monster friend find another hat, aided by an almost silent mouse who gives excellent directions and helps them escape from a big red monster. At one point, Henrietta is so invested in her artwork and the creation of her story that she scares herself (and perhaps a few sensitive readers as well.) The Spanish language version is just as delightful—perhaps even more humorous. VERDICT This title is sure to be a hit with emerging readers and young fans of graphic/cartoon stories during storytime or independent reading.–Martha Rico, El Paso ISD, TX

This review was published in School Library Journal‘s September 2015 issue.