Kevin Henkes. Kevin Henkes Greenwillow Books 1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019. www.kevinhenkes.com. Kevin Henkes Picture Books. Kevin Henkes Mouse Books. Kevin Henkes Novels. About The Author. Kevin Henkes was born in 1960 in Racine, Wisconsin.
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She was a perfect baby, and her doting parents chose a name to match, Chrysanthemum. She is proud of her musical name until kindergarten, when she finds herself in a world of strange new names such as Sue, Bill, Max, Sam, and Joe. That wouldn't be so bad if the others--like Victoria--hadn't made a mean-spirited game of tormenting her, sending her home in tears to be comforted with cuddles and Parcheesi. The class learns that their popular music teacher not only has a whopper of a name herself--Delphinium--but also plans to name her expected baby by the prettiest name she has heard, Chrysanthemum. This charming mouse with her delicate little face seems just right for her name.
http://youtu.be/kxMlxbgYvLI (reading of the story)
This book was inspired by a remembered feeling …
although the incident in the book is not the same one
that originally provoked the feeling.
This book is about family, and about starting something new and going out into the hard world. Kevin Henkes remembers going to kindergarten: “my grandfather had a beautiful rose garden, and he gave me the last roses of the season to bring to the kindergarten teacher the next day. I don't even remember how it happened, but an older kid took these flowers from me on the playground and I remember coming home, feeling awful. My father picked me up from school the next day; kids were streaming out of the school and my father wanted me to point out the kid. I remember seeing the kid and deciding not to tell that he was the one who did it. It was my first step into the world, making those hard decisions. But I also remember the feeling of coming home from school each day and feeling elated to be home. No matter what happened in school, you could walk through the back door and feel good."
What is the one book that has most influenced you throughout your life?One of the many books that influenced me was Is This You? by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Crockett Johnson. I loved it as a child. It is essentially a guide to making a book of one's own. Now, looking back as a published writer and illustrator, it seems interesting and logical that this book was a favorite of mine.
What are some of your favorite children's books by other authors?Other children's books I admire include:
Harry the Dirty Dog by George Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham
Ellen's Lion by Crockett Johnson
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Amos and Boris by William Steig
Milo's Hat Trick by John Agee
The George and Martha books by James Marshall
Who are some of your favorite authors for adults?Adult writers whose work I admire include Alice Munro, William Trevor, Cormac McCarthy and Richard Ford to name just a few.
An interview with Kevin Henkes as he discuss The Little White Rabbit