Reader Reviewed I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon

I am Henry Finch

Written by Alexis Deacon
Illustrated by Viviane Schwarz

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A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 - chosen by Sam Radford, aged 5 - January 2015 Book of the Month All finches make a lot of noise! Henry Finch has grown up with a terrible racket all around him from morning until night. But he is sure that there could be more to life – if only he could have space to think! How one brave little finch becomes a hero and gives all the other finches the chance to do their own thing is beautifully realised in Viviane Schwarz’s witty thumb print illustrations. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Ruby, age 5 and Nicola Laverty - 'This was a really lovely book...This book is perfect to share with young children and prompts more discussion with every reading.'
  • William 5, Alexander 3 and Selina - 'Very imaginative & thought provoking. After reading this book it led into a conversation about being an individual & having your own opinions. A great book for primary school age children.'
  • James McNichol, age 4 - 'A unique children’s book.' 
  • Emily, age 4 - 'We loved this book so much that the first time we picked it up, we read it together four times in succession - praise indeed for a small child with a short attention span!'
  • Rachel Zinkin, age 7 - 'We thought the book was very funny, especially when the finches are just chattering. My mummy thought the illustrator's use of fingerprints was really clever.'
  • Kian Banks, age 5 - 'Kian really enjoyed this book. The illustrations are beautiful.'
  • Thomas Gray, age 5 - 'I enjoyed it a lot.  Henry is very cute and is not afraid to be himself.'
  • Stefanie Tucker, age 15 - 'A wonderful book with terrific illustrations. I read this to 3 children aged 4 to 5 years and they loved the vocabulary and the drawings!'


I am Henry Finch by Alexis Deacon

From award-winning picture book makers Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz comes an enlightening new story about courage and making a difference. For budding philosophers of all ages, this is the uplifting story of Henry Finch the loveable little bird who strives for greatness, gets it all a bit wrong, then makes it right again in a very surprising way - truly becoming great. Henry Finch is a total inspiration.

This is an inspirational book. It is also very funny. I Am Henry Finch is a book for everyone - from the very young to the very old. It is for dreamers, philosophers, artists, the foolish and the enlightened. And anyone with a big bright idea. Vegetarians will love it too. A profound picture book experience told with simplicity and style.


Original, thought provoking and very funny. The Bookseller Wonderfully simple and evocative INIS magazine An ideal book for thought-provoking inspiration... the story telling should test a child's curious mind, expanding their imagination and allow them to engage in the complex topic of philosophy, in a simplified, lighthearted manner. Yet amusing and intriguing enough for the older reader, allowing us to briefly reflect on our own philosophical thoughts and aspirations. Association of Illustrators A simple and delightfully funny story for the very young. Newbury Weekly News Equal parts laugh-out-loud funny and profound, a bold tale of daring and bravery, with a little existentialism thrown in .. . a wonderfully inspirational and quirky picture book that will strike a chord with readers of all ages, especially those who might be small but happen to dream big. Junior A charming book with brilliant fingerprint illustrations Little London An enlightening story about courage and making a difference ... A beautiful and profound picture book told with simplicity and style Smallish Ideal for inquisitive kids Times (children's book of the week) This sweet and charming picture book will help children to understand ideas of individualism, freedom and choice. Prima magazine An inspirational tale of courage and how everyone can make a difference Creative Steps What's not to love about a finch undergoing an existential crisis? This thoughtful tale - illustrated by Schwarz, better known in our house for There Are No Cats in the Book- is a David and Goliath tale with a philosophical twist. -- Huffington Post Huffington Post Henry achieves greatness. -- Creative Steps Creative Steps A fabulous story. -- Kate Kellaway The Observer Funny, original, and full of important messages about self-esteem and self-respect, I Am Henry Finch is a must have for any bookshelf. Not just for younger readers; the story will reach children, teenagers and adults alike. The School Librarian

About the Author

Alexis Deacon

Alexis Deacon graduated in 2001 from the University of Brighton, where he studied Illustration, Alexis Deacon's first picture book Slow Loris (2002) was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. His second Beegu (2003) was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. In 2008, he was chosen as one of the ten Best New Illustrators as part of the Booktrust's Big Picture Campaign. He lives in South East London.

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Book Info


40 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st January 2015




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