Saturday Sort-Story Review

Henry Hodges Needs a Friend by Andy Andrews

Saturday Short Story Review

Hello Everyone! I hope you all are having fabulous weekend! Today’s Saturday Short Story is children’s fiction- Henry Hodges Needs a Friend by Andy Andrews, Illustrated by Colleen Madden.

Henry hodge

Published: March 3rd 2015 by Thomas Nelson

Read Date: November 25 2017

Stars: 5/5

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From the author of The Kid Who Changed the World, this hilarious rhyming story, complete with charming art, offers comfort to children who often feel left out or are in need of a good friend.

At some point, almost every child struggles with feeling like they don’t fit in or are left out–just like Henry Hodges. Henry is a lonely little boy on a lonely little street who longs for a friend. One day, his mother and father take him to a pet rescue shelter and his lonely world is changed! Told in a playful rhyme with adorable illustrations, this book will be a favorite among children and parents who love dogs and, ultimately, will comfort and encourage children who struggle with feeling accepted and finding friends.

Kids will want to read this whimsical and imaginative story again and again!


Henry was such an adorable kid in the book. Story was narrated in rhymes about Henry Hodge who was very lonely and sad as he doesn’t like to play toys and never had friends. To make him happy his parents suggested to give him a pet as friend, a one-of-a-kind. I instantly like the story at this point. I loved his parent’s approach.

Little Henry made all different imaginary animal which gave the story humorous touch. I liked that one alliteration too, it was funny and cute. The list of imaginary animals can also act as exercise or lesson for children to correct wrong things in animals by right one and also to guess which animal Henry will chose as a pet. Illustrations were colorful and very creative including all the details that children would love to explore all the pages.


Very base of the story was thoughtful and beautiful. As said in the blurb, at some point in life every child (in my opinion even adults) feels they are alone. They struggle to fit in the world around them and that can made them so depressed and sad. No one is always alone and without friend, God sends someone to everyone, a one-of-a-kind friend, and that can be animals as well.


Overall, every child would love to read this book and it’s a perfect picture book that parents and teachers want for their children.


Author: Andy Andrews

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*** Note: I received a review copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Publisher and author. ***

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Happy Reading! 🙂


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