Henry Haynes and the Great Escape
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A boy, a magic book and a bossy boa constrictor - oh, and a VERY smelly gorilla with a zoo escape plan!

A fun and fast-paced illustrated chapter book for ages 6-8.

When Henry Haynes complains that his new book is boring he gets more than he bargained for. Before he knows it, he's been sucked down into the story and finds himself eyeball-to-eyeball with Brian, a bossy boa constrictor who's in charge of a zoo escape.

Brian won't let Henry return home until he's released the animals, including some hungry lions and Gordon - the extremely smelly gorilla who masterminded the escape plan. To make matters worse, it looks as if Gordon’s out to get Henry…

Can Henry get home alive? And why didn't he just keep his big mouth shut about boring stories?

A chapter book meets graphic novel that's perfect for both early readers and reluctant readers.


Karen Inglis is an Amazon UK/US bestselling children's author living in London in the UK. Karen writes picture books, chapter books and short middle grade novels for ages 3-11.

Her time travel adventure 'The Secret Lake' topped the UK children's bestseller Amazon lists during 2018, and the UK and US children's bestseller lists in print and for Kindle in several categories during 2019. It continues to do so at the time of writing in January 2020.

Teachers, librarians, reading charities and parents have praised Karen for her natural writing style and fun and fast-paced plots, which get the most reluctant of readers turning the pages. He humorous illustrated chapter book 'Eeek! The Runaway Alien' (about an alien who runs away to Earth for the World Cup) was used in the 'Get London Reading' campaign aimed a reluctant readers.

Visit Karen's website at http://kareninglisauthor.com


1. The Chattering Book
2. Falling In
3. A Bumpy Landing
4. Follow the Snake
5. Lions on the Loose
6. Gordon's Escape Plan
7. Deal, No Deal
8. Henry's Escape Plan
9. Gorilla Charge!
10. The End


"This is a new departure for Karen in that it is a slightly shorter book than her other young fiction titles. However it doesn't disappoint. The story positively zips along with her customary fizz and verve, and the plot is both exciting and funny in equal measures. Karen has created a great lead character in Henry and I would love to see other stories about the same character. The fact is there aren't enough books out there like this. Not all children are up to tackling longer books, yet shorter stories can often be dull and one-dimensional. Not so with Henry Haynes. I would recommend this to any child from around six upwards…especially, dare I say it, to boys who are normally reluctant to pick up a book. My son would have loved it…probably still would, and he's thirty!!" ~ Louise Jordan, The Writers' Advice Centre for Children's Books, London UK / Ex head reader for Puffin UK