Henry Goes To The Park

Children's Books

By Zetta Hupf

Publisher : Publish America

ABOUT Zetta Hupf

Zetta Hupf
Zetta grew up in a small town called Thomas, WV, the youngest of eight children.  She joined the U.S. Army right out of High School and met her husband while in the military.  Zetta and her husband are Desert Storm Veterans.   She now lives in Kaukauna, WI with her husband Chris,  More...


Henry is a fun loving Hippo who loves to play at Sunnyside Park.  On the way to the park, Henry runs in to his friends and they decide to play hide and go seek.  But Henry is afraid he’ll be the first one found again.  Henry always seems to take to long or can’t find the right spot.  Will Henry find that perfect spot to hide or will he be the first one found again?  Come and read about Henry’s day at the park to find out what happens!

Henry's story came from a construction paper Hippo, Mitchell had made in Kindergarten class. Mitchell was bored on a rainy day and we decided to tell a story about this Hippo we now call Henry. The story was coming together so well, we decided to make it into a book. After the story was complete, I drew the illustrations to go with the story. We love animals, so a story with animals as the characters fit us really well.

June 17, 2009 Reviewed by Cheryl L. Zemke author of Defenders of Naturion

 Zetta Hupf's book Henry Goes To The Park is an endearing childrens book with animal characters for all to enjoy. It is for the beginner reader, as well as a wonderful story for parents to read at bedtime. It has a lifelong message of determination and confidence that parents will find refreshing. Definitely a story that everyone will want to add to their collection. 5 stars *****

June 30, 2009  Reviewed by Marsha Coles - Author of Sarah & Sally's Big Day

 Henry Goes to the Park by Zetta and Mitchell Hupf is a great story teaching kids never to give up. As Henry tries to find the perfect place to hide I found myself encouraging him all the way. What a great story to read with your kids!

July 19, 2009 ~Reviewed by Angela Hall~Author of Priscilla Pennybrook
Zetta Hupf's book Henry Goes To The Park is a wonderful, entertaining story
for children to enjoy. It is super creative and has a great story to
entertain adults as well.  100% a must have book that every parent should
add to their collection.
Oct. 18, 2009~Reviewed by Jennifer Swanson~Author of Penny & Rio: Penny & Rio The Mysterious Backyard Meeting and Penny & Rio: The The Locked Doghouse Mystery
Henry Goes to the Park is written by a 10-year-old child and his mother.  It describes the happy antics of a small group of zoo animals.  Searching for a way to enliven their day, Henry Hippo, Erwen the Elephant, and Jeffrey the Giraffe engage in the timeless game of Hide-and-Seek. Will everyone be found?  The colorful illustrations enhance the story and show the animals at play.  Fun for the whole family. 
~~Review: Detective Buddy and the Case of the Missing Football
– and –  Henry Goes to the Park  By Zetta and Mitchell Hupf

I must admit I have a problem in staying within the ‘Review Rules’ for
these two books. First off, as these books are written for children, it
shouldn't be how much we adults enjoy a book, but how much the child enjoys
the book. The books are well illustrated; their stories simple and easy to follow, and both end with a good moral: Detective Buddy finds the missing
football by retracing the friends’ steps – good advice to remember when
one has lost something - and Henry the Hippo learns that he too can win the
game, no matter his size or colour.  But what of the story-line? Is it
something with which a child can identify? And therein lies my problem…
you see, I asked my five-year-old daughter what she thought of the stories
and she broke the rules.

“How many stars for these two books?” I asked (in all seriousness)
after I'd read them to her and she'd listened shiny-eyed without fidgeting.

“Ten,” she said, holding up both hands with fingers splayed. Her smile
matched her eyes.

“Um… the most you can give is five,” I said. “Do you want to give
them five each?”

“No, ten each,” she said.

The most I can give is five stars, so… “How much did you like them?”
I asked, trying a different tack.

“This much!” she replied stretching her arms as wide as she could.

And so I’ll leave it up to you to decide how to cram ten stars into five
places, or determine what words one can use to describe just how good a
book is from a child holding her arms wide and saying, eyes shining bright,
that she liked it “This much!”

Josh Stafford
Author of "Where Vultures Roost" and "Dragon in the Sky"