I will never forget the first time we checked out a Henry the cat book from the library back in the 1990s. My daughter, then a little cat-loving girl, and I, roared with laughter as we followed Henry's adventures in that first book, Highwire Henry. After that, we were hooked.
We were happy to discover there were other titles and couldn't wait to find them all, which was not always easy back in the days before everyone had a computer at their finger tips.
The book I am reviewing here is Henry The Sailor Cat. Written by Mary Calhoun in 1998, Henry the Sailor Cat is one in a small series of Henry books written for children ages 4-8.
Henry is a Siamese cat with the special ability of being able to walk on his hind legs, like a human would. But only the most desperate of times warrant the use of Henry's unique talent. And those desperate times, can also prove to be quite humorous, especially if you are a cat lover.
In this book, Henry stows away on a boat that his owners (the boy and the man - they have no names) are taking out to sea. Man is not too fond of Henry, but the boy loves him dearly. The three meet up with a little trouble, and Henry must use his hind leg walking skills to try to save the day.
Along with being a fun story to read, the watercolor illustrations by Erick Ingraham, are imaginative and gorgeous and make us smile. Children might also pick up a few educational tips about sailing in Henry the Sailor Cat.
Other Henry books written by this author are: Highwire Henry, Cross-Country Cat, Blue Ribbon Cat, Hot-Air Henry, and Henry the Christmas Cat.
If you have a cat loving child in your home, Henry the Sailor Cat and other books featuring Henry are stories you are not likely to ever forget. We love them!