The Great Henry Hopendower by Justin Roberts

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Sepia tones indicate sections when Henry is reminiscing, and visual details fill in some of the family’s history. Ultimately, however, the disconnect between the cheerful illustrations and the serious subject matter is disconcerting and may make it difficult for Henry to find an appreciative audience.
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For fans of Grandpa Green, a young boy remembers his much-loved grandpa in this touching story about family, memory and everyday magic.

Henry wakes up one bright morning ready to take on the day and find magic! After all, he is the Great Henry Hopendower—an aspiring young magician who learned everything he knows from the very best, his grandpa. Henry has so many favorite memories of his grandfather, including his house with its wobbly cuckoo clock and his famous leaning tower of pancakes that tipped but never toppled. And then there was the day his grandpa gave him a red checkered suit and shared the secret to being a magician: magic is everywhere, you just have to see it. So with Grandpa’s words as his guide, Henry sets off to do the truly impossible.

This heartwarming story is a celebration of the magic that surrounds us all and the people we love most.
 

About Justin Roberts

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Grammy-nominated, Justin Roberts is truly one of the “all-stars” of the indie family music scene. He logs thousands of miles on the road each year, dishing out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents. Justin has performed in front of millions of people on The Today Show, he’s featured on Nick Jr. TV, and his song “Get Me Some Glasses” was featured on a World Series broadcast. He’s also garnered kudos and raves from national media including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, People, Entertainment Weekly, and the Chicago Tribune.
Author Residence: Evanston, ILDeborah Hocking is a children's illustrator who lives in Portland, Oregon. She studied art in college but it wasn't until a professor introduced her to Lisbeth Zwerger's The Gift of the Magi that she knew she wanted to be a picture book illustrator. She spent six years working at a retreat center in France as chief cook and bottle washer (literally and figuratively), but now she has the incredible privilege of spending her days drawing for children, chasing magic. Henry Hopendower and Other Truly Impossible Things is her debut.Illustrator Residence: Portland, OR
 
Published June 6, 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Mar 15 2017

Sepia tones indicate sections when Henry is reminiscing, and visual details fill in some of the family’s history. Ultimately, however, the disconnect between the cheerful illustrations and the serious subject matter is disconcerting and may make it difficult for Henry to find an appreciative audience.

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