#blogbookaday: Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny, and Mike

18 Jul

Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny, and Mike.jpgSummary:  “Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny and Mike are five fish friends who love everything about life in the fish tank—except for clean-the-tank day and the snail that lives with them, who they mostly ignore. But one day, when they get an enchanting new fairy-tale castle, disaster strikes! Who can help?!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Fish tank life is FAB, unless it’s cleaning day and then all the fish get dumped into a bowl while the little girl cleans everything in the fish tank. Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny and Mike love everything about the fish tank including the new clown fish, angelfish and fairytale castle, until Lenny gets stuck! Who will be able to save him?

Personal Reaction: This is a fun story about fish friends who love everything about the fish tank they live in and mostly ignore it’s other inhabitant, the snail. That is until one day when they might just need the snail’s help! I love how the four names rhyme and then you have Mike tacked on to the end, so it takes a little bit to read all of them. I can’t believe that this is the same Cynthia Rylant who wrote the Henry & Mudge books that I read growing up! I also loved the bright cartoon-like illustrations of the fish tank. I’d love a similar story about a pet turtle, as we have a turtle at work and I’d love to share a book like this with kids at storytime. This book will not only be fun for kids to listen to, but will also be fun to read as an adult – there are some little jokes that might go over a young child’s head.

Title: Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny, and Mike
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator: Mike Austin
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Publication Date: September 26, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


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