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Children's Fiction Friendship

My Friend Henry

illustrated by Philippe Béha

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Jan 2013
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2013
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 2 to 5
  • Grade: p to k


Have you seen Henry? He is small, with curly hair, big dark eyes, a freckled nose, and a huge smile!

Where is Henry? His best friend is looking all over for him in this charming picture book by renowned children's writer and illustrator Philippe Béha. Whimsical art and a premise that will hook young readers (where is my best friend?) build a sweet story that ends with a satisfying twist. It turns out that Henry is missing for a very good reason!

The story takes the reader through familiar neighbourhood spots - the park, the grocery store, a bakery - with a counting element built into the telling. Bright art is the perfect backdrop for the child's emotional journey. And when he finds his best friend and discovers why he was missing, readers will delight in the joyful reunion.

About the author

Philippe Béha has been a freelance illustrator for 30 years. He is passionate about children's books and has illustrated some 130 picture books that have earned him many awards, including The Canada Council for the Arts Award, the Governor General's Award, the Christie Award and the Prix Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles.

Philippe Béha's profile page


  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

Praise for My Friend Henry

"Whether you're looking at one of the cartoonish, round-nosed characters in his preschool picture books or the more detailed, mixed-media, sophisticated art gracing his posters, magazine work or books for older readers, there's no mistaking a Béha illustration." -The Montreal Gazette

"A little boy experiences a rollercoaster ride of emotions in this charming tale by Quebec author and longtime illustrator Philippe Beha." -The Guelph Mercury

"Philippe Beha has illustrated his book with simple bright pictures that complement the text. The emotions of the little boy leap off the page." -Resource Links

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