An excellent book by Judith Kerr in the usual size of 11" x 9" approximately. Beautifully illustrated and a poignant tale, but not sad, of the adventures of a dead husband and his living wife. A good buy.
I recently watched a TV programme with Judith Kerr...The Tiger, Hitler and Me I think it was... What an amazing woman, so positive and generous of heart and what a life she's lived. At the age of 90+ she still has more energy than many people half her age. I had read the Tiger Who Came To Tea, hadn't realised she also wrote and illustrated the Mog books and was pleased to find My Henry. She is so fresh and modest regarding her work and her stories are delightful. She has a regard for people and a respect for children that is commendable. She is full of wonder as are her books. She wrote My Henry some time after the death of her husband. I bought My Henry for a friend of mine whose husband is very poorly for when she no longer has him as I think it will be a comfort for her.
Typically Judith Kerr in approach, but mature in content, this book has some lovely ideas. i bought it after having seen a fascinating interview with Judith Kerr just before Christmas, and have fallen in love with it.
Grandpa Henry has died; but Grandma has a unique way of coping. Every time she falls asleep, Henry visits her, and they have adventures!
Reminiscent of the style of the Mog books, this wonderful picture book should attract fans, both old and new, to her way of thinking and may prove a comfort to those who have recently lost a loved one.
A very simple story, beginning and ending with the current situation of a bereaved old lady. Sandwiched between is a delicate fantasy of her and her husband's continuing life together and the sweetness of their past life. The wondrous and gently humorous illustrations accompanying Judith Kerr's sensitive text make this an extraordinarily moving book.
Bought several copies of this today from The British Library shop, it has all the hallmarks of an instant classic. It tells the magical simple tale of a woman and her daily dates with her husband who now has his (angel) wings and can come visit her between 4 and 7 everyday. Whilst others think that she is a tired old lady with nothing to look forward to except cups of tea she and her Henry are traveling through time and space having all the adventures that they never got to enjoy when he was alive. It is both beautifully illustrated and written, very simply but with a deep emotional core. It would make a great present for children or adults, especially those that have recently, or even not so recently, lost a loved one. It made me both laugh and cry-what more could you ask for in a book?