Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Henry's Heart

Henry's Heart

A Boy, His Heart, and a New Best Friend

Charise Mericle Harper

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Kindle, Fixed Layout


Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Holt Books for Young Readers


ISBN: 9781466810822

40 Pages, Ages 5-8

Henry (and his heart) are perfectly happy playing indoors. But Henry's mom encourages him to go for a walk outside. Soon, Henry's heart starts beating faster. Is Henry riding a rollercoaster? Is he doing jumping jacks? What could be making Henry's heart beat faster?

In this engaging, informative story, children learn about the many ways the heart functions within the body, and how what we see, hear, and feel can directly affect our heart rate (like falling in love with a puppy!). Henry's Heart leads him to the best gift ever—woof woof!

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award ML


Praise for Henry's Heart

“The whimsically crafted tale features not only a pleasingly goofy cartoon cast but also some very clever misdirection in the "love story" episode, which is certain to elicit groans and giggles.” —BCCB

“Harper offers up a heroic heart that looks a lot like the real thing "without the eyes and mouth, of course," and he's an immensely appealing figure, ideal for teaching readers about this important organ.” —Publishers Weekly

“This clever book is an excellent choice for story hours and primary-grade classrooms.” —School Library Journal

“…a genius pairing of fiction and nonfiction.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of HENRY'S HEART . Tongue-in-cheek, label-happy humor reminiscent of Mélanie Watts abounds in Harper's latest, a genius pairing of fiction and nonfiction. - Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Charise Mericle Harper

Charise Mericle Harper has created many books for children, including the popular Fashion Kitty series and the Just Grace books. She has also illustrated Ralph's World Rocks! by Ralph Covert. She lives in Mamaroneck, New York, with her family.

Charise Mericle Harper


From the Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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