When a hyena can’t find his funny, a friend offers a sweetly surprising solution in this adorable picture book, winner of the General Mills Spoonful of Stories contest.
Henry Hyena is feeling blue. He usually chuckles at monkeys swinging from trees, giggles as he chases hares, and belly laughs when he hears an elephant burp.
But one day at the zoo, Henry can’t even muster up a smile. Will a visit with a wise old giraffe, Dr. Long, help Henry find the key to laughing harder than ever?
Henry, a cute hyena with a crop of spiky hair, wonders what's wrong when he lacks the urge to laugh alongside his fellow zoo hyenas: "He didn't join in while they teased a few bears./ He chose not to help when they chased several hares." When Henry seeks advice from Dr. Long, the giraffe explains that Henry has simply realized that "laughing at others is cruel." Claude creates a lively zoo atmosphere, full of animals that strum guitars, vacuum, and play musical chairs. Yet the message about kindness lands heavily, and the idea that laughter needn't be attached to meanness is glossed over. Ages 4 7.