Hearing Daniel Pinkwater's description of Henry Climbs A Mountain last December, we both had that annoying NPR choked-up moment, where we realized this was a book we really wanted to read to our kid someday.
Author/illustrator D.B. Johnson has now written three books about Henry, a bear based on Henry David Thoreau. It somehow touches on Thoreau's example of civil disobedience and the liberating power of art and imagination. And it sounded a hundred times smarter and more interesting than almost any children's book I can think of.
Listen to Pinkwater and Scott Simon read and talk about Henry.
Buy Henry Climbs A Mountain at Amazon.