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Henry and the Hidden Treasure

Clarion Rating: 5 out of 5

Henry and the Hidden Treasure uses a playful and entertaining story to teach kids about sibling rivalry and possessive behavior.

Henry and the Hidden Treasure is B. C. R. Fegan’s charming picture book about a young boy’s annoyance with his little sister that has a delightful twist ending.

Henry, who is very possessive of his treasure box of coins, is convinced that his little sister is a secret ninja spy intent on stealing it. Using his imagination, he creates a very elaborate plan—involving pig guards, caves, and booby traps—to hide his loot.

As a final defense, Henry waits by his treasure chest with a laser gun. When his sister approaches, he finds out that she fought her way to him not for his treasure, but for a hug. Henry decides to stop hiding his collection and uses some of the money to buy her some ice cream.

With its superhero guards and secret caves, Henry and the Hidden Treasure uses a playful and entertaining story to teach kids about sibling rivalry and possessive behavior. Although there are a few minor punctuation issues within the text, the story is at the right level for young children, but with enough flair in the writing to keep parents reading.

For example, the text reads, “Henry had a problem. His parents call the problem ‘Lucy’ and they think that he should be nicer to his little sister.” The story also unfolds in such a way that even parents will be charmed that Lucy, depicted as a pigtailed secret ninja spy jumping over traps, is just coming in for a hug with her brother.

The book’s accompanying illustrations by Lenny Wen are exceptional and feel current and fresh in helping tell the imaginative story of Henry’s quest to keep his treasure from his sister.

In the end, Henry and the Hidden Treasure is a joy to read for young and old alike.

Reviewed by Amanda McCorquodale

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