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Reviewed by Kayleigh Perumal for Readers' Favorite
Henri and the Magnificent Snort: A Children's Book about Bullying, Belonging, and Love by Samantha Childs is an adorable children’s book that is inspired by her faithful canine companion, Henri Le Frenchie. Henri is an extraordinary dog, but one of the most unusual things about him is his cute little snort. Henri loved his life in New York, but when he had to move to San Diego, he had to learn to adapt and cope with new challenges. His first two days of doggy daycare went very well, and he made some interesting new friends. However, shortly after this, another dog named Russell unkindly points out that his special snort makes him sound like a pig, and all the other dogs turn against him, including his new furry friends. Will Henri be able to overcome these bullies and learn to love himself again?
Samantha Childs’ heart-warming story reminds readers about the importance of self-acceptance and the value of differences. She draws attention to the harmful nature of bullying and how it can destroy even the highest spirits. Anyone who has experienced criticism has been a victim of bullying, or has felt badly about themself because of someone else, will find this book relatable. I found the writing endearing and the language very clear. The rhyming is also most appropriate, as it mirrors Henri’s playful personality. The illustrations by Hannah Farr are also charming and depict the dog’s life vividly. Bullying is a prevalent issue in society that particularly affects children. I think Henri and the Magnificent Snort is a brilliant read, with a powerful message.