I Am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon, Illus. Viviane Schwarz.
Descartes once said “I think therefore I am”. Henry Finch does the same and shows that an individual can change things for everybody.
Every morning all the finches wake up and say good morning to each other. The noise is deafening but reassuring. The greetings are repeated in the afternoon and in the evening. The only drama in the day of a finch is when the monster comes and tries to eat a few. Finches be wary.
One night Henry Finch had a thought. He knew who he was and fantasizes that he could be great. To show the other finches he attacks the monster and is eaten.
Inside the monster he has more thoughts and pulls himself together. When he emerges from the monster he is a hero and about to start a bigger change in the finches. I will leave it to you to decide what happens. Glorious stuff.
Illustrator Viviane Schwarz has enhanced the text with an amazing and simple technique. She has used orange finger and thumb prints with black ink lines to illustrate the finches. The effect is stunning. The monster is watercolour blue/green and when things get dark inside the monster for Henry Finch and his thoughts, black and white does the job.
Amusing and thought provoking for the older reader and a great story with drama for the juniors.
Henry Finch is a true hero.