From award-winning picture book makers Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz comes an enlightening new story about courage and making a difference.From award-winning picture book makers Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz comes an enlightening new story about courage and making a difference. For budding philosophers of all ages, this is the uplifting story of Henry Finch the loveable little bird who strives for greatness, gets it all a bit wrong, then makes it right again in a very surprising way - truly becoming great. Henry Finch is a total inspiration. This is an inspirational book. It is also very funny. I Am Henry Finch is a book for everyone - from the very young to the very old. It is for dreamers, philosophers, artists, the foolish and the enlightened. And anyone with a big bright idea. Vegetarians will love it too. A profound picture book experience told with simplicity and style.
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Alexis Deacon's first picture book Slow Loris (2002) was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. His second Beegu (2003) was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award and selected by the New York Times as one of the year's best illustrated children's books. In 2008, he was chosen as one of the ten Best New Illustrators as part of the Booktrust's Big Picture Campaign. He illustrated Russell Hoban's children's books, Soonchild and Jim's Lion. He lives in South East London. Visit Alexis at www.alexisdeacon.co.ukViviane Schwarz is the author-illustrator of the highly acclaimed picture books There Are Cats in this Book and There Are No Cats in this Book, both of which were shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal (2009, 2012). The Adventures of a Nose was also shortlisted for the V&A illustration Award. She was named one of the Booktrust's Best New Illustrators 2011. Her debut graphic novel The Sleepwalkers was nominated for the British Comics Awards and her activity picture book Welcome to Your Awesome Robot (Flying Eye Books) was published to great acclaim. She lives in South East London. Find Viviane online at www.vivianeschwarz.co.uk and on twitter as @vivschwarz.Review:
Original, thought provoking and very funny. * The Bookseller * Wonderfully simple and evocative * INIS magazine * An ideal book for thought-provoking inspiration. . . the story telling should test a child's curious mind, expanding their imagination and allow them to engage in the complex topic of philosophy, in a simplified, lighthearted manner. Yet amusing and intriguing enough for the older reader, allowing us to briefly reflect on our own philosophical thoughts and aspirations. * Association of Illustrators * A simple and delightfully funny story for the very young. * Newbury Weekly News * Equal parts laugh-out-loud funny and profound, a bold tale of daring and bravery, with a little existentialism thrown in .. . a wonderfully inspirational and quirky picture book that will strike a chord with readers of all ages, especially those who might be small but happen to dream big. * Junior * A charming book with brilliant fingerprint illustrations * Little London * An enlightening story about courage and making a difference ... A beautiful and profound picture book told with simplicity and style * Smallish * Ideal for inquisitive kids * Times (children's book of the week) * This sweet and charming picture book will help children to understand ideas of individualism, freedom and choice. * Prima magazine * An inspirational tale of courage and how everyone can make a difference * Creative Steps * What's not to love about a finch undergoing an existential crisis? This thoughtful tale - illustrated by Schwarz, better known in our house for There Are No Cats in the Book- is a David and Goliath tale with a philosophical twist. -- Huffington Post * Huffington Post * Henry achieves greatness. -- Creative Steps * Creative Steps * A fabulous story. -- Kate Kellaway * The Observer * Funny, original, and full of important messages about self-esteem and self-respect, I Am Henry Finch is a must have for any bookshelf. Not just for younger readers; the story will reach children, teenagers and adults alike. * The School Librarian * This enlightening story about courage and making a difference is simply and stylishly illustrated and features a bird made from a finger print. [...] It's an inspirational and funny book that introduces children to philosophy. * Nursery World *
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