In this tenth Henry Heckelbeck adventure, Henry enters a wintry contest!
It’s winter in Brewster and Henry Heckelbeck is ready for fun! Snowball fights, building snow friends, and drinking lots of hot chocolate—what’s not to love? But when Max sets up a winter wonderland contest, Henry finds that fun in the snow can be no fun. Can he put the win in winter with the help of a little magic?
With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Henry Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
Chapter 1 MAGICALLY DELICIOUS!
Henry Heckelbeck threw on his boots, ran out the back door, and jabbed a yardstick in the fresh snow. Whoa! It’s a whole foot deep!
He raced back inside and waited for his friends Dudley Day and Max Maplethorpe. They were coming over to have an epic snow day. As soon as they arrived, Dudley and Max kicked their boots off and hung up their jackets.
Henry smiled as Dudley lifted his nose into the air. “MMMMM, what smells so good?” asked Dudley. “Mom made her Magical Hot Chocolate Special,” said Henry. “Want some?” “You bet I do!” said Dudley. “Your mom’s hot chocolate is the BEST in the world!” Mom laughed. “How do you know? You haven’t had it yet!” “Oh, Henry pinkie swears it’s the BEST,” Max cheered.
“Really? A pinkie swear?” Mom asked. “That’s a lot to live up to.”
Mom set three mugs on the table. Each one had a circle of red and white sprinkles around the rim. “How’d you get the sprinkles to stick to the mug?” asked Dudley. “It’s all part of the magic!” said Mom. Then she poured hot chocolate into each mug, followed by mini marshmallows, whipped cream, and a candy cane.
The kids stirred the whipped cream with their candy canes. Then they sipped the hot chocolate.
“You should get an award for this hot chocolate!” Dudley announced. “LOTS of awards,” added Max.
“Well, thank you! I’m glad like it!” Mom said. Henry and Dudley took another big sip, which made Max crack up. “Hey, wow!” she said. “You both have whipped cream mustaches!” The boys licked their upper lips and laughed. Then—slurp! slurp!—Dudley finished his hot chocolate and pushed his mug away. Henry and Max finished theirs too.
“Now it’s SATURDAY SNOW TIME!” shouted Henry. The kids jumped from their chairs, suited up for the frosty weather, and raced out the door.
Wanda Coven has always loved magic. When she was little, she used to make secret potions from smooshed shells and acorns. Then she would pretend to transport herself and her friends to enchanted places. Now she visits other worlds through writing. Wanda lives with her husband and son in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They have three cats: Hilda, Agnes, and Claw-dia.
Priscilla Burris has illustrated numerous books for children, parents, and teachers. She enjoys cake painting and creating art for products that include murals, greeting cards, and rubber stamps. Priscilla lives with her family in Southern California.