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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
JJ Rolston’s Henry’s Sunday Afternoon is a children’s picture book about a spider named Henry who must continue to contend with other animals getting entangled in his web. Set on a farm, the story is bright, colorful, and full of charm. The narrative is in keeping with children of a younger age and will delight even the older crowd. Created by Hank Truck and Jon Renzella, the illustrations within Henry’s Sunday Afternoon will win you over, especially the winsome Henry with his hammer and other building tools that he uses to construct his web.
Henry’s Sunday Afternoon by JJ Rolston may not sweep away all your fears of spiders, but it comes close to it. Henry is very likable and hardworking, and it’s easy to relate to him, even as an adult. Children and adults alike can learn a lot about life in general from JJ Rolston’s Henry’s Sunday Afternoon. One of those lessons is that sometimes the best-laid plans can be overturned, and we must continue to keep trying. I liked this book right off the bat as I’m a lover of all creatures great and small and I think spiders get the worst rap. They do so much more for us than we realize and I feel that any book that portrays a spider in a kindly light is good for everyone. Not only does Henry’s Sunday Afternoon create a positive narrative around a spider, but it is done perfectly and will be sure to capture any child’s imagination.