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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Henry Wondered, by Hazel Pacheco, is a children’s picture book about Henry, a male quail going through his awkward growing-up phase. He’s in love with a female quail, Gloria, and spends hours and hours trying to think up ways to impress her. But unfortunately, he’s not the only single male in the crowd, and before too much time passes, in sweeps another quail named Federico, all style and pizzazz. And of course, Henry is sure he’s not able to compete with that. What will Henry do? Will Gloria forget all about him and chase after the wonder-bird, Federico?
I found this to be a funny and delightful story about the awkwardness of adolescence. Henry represents lots of boys who have a crush, but can’t seem to find the nerve to communicate and instead try to act and look like someone else. It’s a fun way of pointing out that being just you is just fine. Be confident in who you are as a person and watch what happens. The artwork in the book is a delight, bringing full and vibrant color to every page. The details in every picture will make young readers want to read this charming story over and over again. Henry Wondered, by Hazel Pacheco, takes a slice of life we call awkward adolescence, mixes it up with some crazy and mixed-up birds, and provides a great story filled with hilarity. Highly recommended.