Henry Heckelbeck Gets a Dragon (Henry Heckelbeck #1)

by Wanda Coven (Author) Priscilla Burris (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Heidi Heckelbeck's younger brother Henry finds his own magical Book of Spells in this first Henry Heckelbeck adventure!

Henry Heckelbeck is just like any other normal kid. He plays soccer. He isn't a huge fan of homework. He even has an older sister, Heidi. What's not so normal about Henry is his family. His sister and mom are magic. Not Henry, though...he's just a normal kid. Or is he? Henry Heckelbeck is starting a new year of school. He has a new teacher, makes new friends, and discovers that he has some magical powers of his own thanks to a Book of Spells he finds in his bedroom. But magic can be tricky and when Henry accidentally brings his toy dragon to life, his days of being a normal kid are over.

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Henry Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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School Library Journal

Gr 1-3--Henry Heckelbeck, younger brother of the beloved Heidi Heckelbeck, makes his series debut in this easy-to-read chapter book. Henry is excited for the first day of school. His first homework assignment, choosing three items for his "All About Me Bag," is fun and easy. But when Henry reads a spell to make toy dragons real, suddenly his first day of school becomes much more exciting than planned. This beginner chapter book has a table of contents and page numbers for the developing audience, along with large and clear type providing accessibility to the earliest of readers. Black-and-white illustrations are on almost every page, breaking up the text and providing context clues. Short chapters and a fast-moving storyline round out the perfect elements of a beginning chapter book. VERDICT A charming and relatable story with a dabble of magic and a diverse cast of characters make this early reader chapter book a solid addition to library collections.--Emily Beasley, Omaha Public Schools

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little Simon
Publication date
December 20, 2019
Henry Heckelbeck

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