Monday Sep 11, 2023

Exposing Bullies & Leading with Love

New Award-Winning Children’s Book, Henri and the Magnificent Snort, Makes Hearts Burst with Joy  


With kids back in school and October as National Bullying Prevention Month, a local author’s award-wining picture book about a bullied French bulldog helps children rise above bullying and love all parts of themselves. A touching review from 12-year-old reader, Avery C.: The book made her “heart burst with joy.” 


Henri and the Magnificent Snort has already been awarded three book awards and has 142 five-star Amazon reviews. MomsTown has asked local Solana Beach author, Samantha Childs, to tell readers about Henri and the Magnificent Snort, why she wrote it, and the importance of the book’s themes.   


Henri and the Magnificent Snort is about a little French bulldog, named Henri, who is bullied because he snorts. Henri later learns that he is lovable, snorts and all! 


The book is inspired by two true stories: my own childhood experiences being bullied, and the story of my Frenchie, Henri. I mix the two stories and share what happened to me through the lens of Henri. I believe it’s easier for kids to relate and understand when the messages are taught through dogs. And Hannah Farr’s amazing illustrations really bring it all to life. 


In the book, Henri turns his challenging experiences into an opportunity to help others see that they are loved, uniquely special, and all connected. For me, the book is my opportunity to do the same, and for beauty to blossom from my own past challenges. It’s also a special way to further share Henri with the world. [Henri is beloved celebrity dog @henrilefrenchie and has 67k Instagram followers.] 


It is a children’s book, but it’s filled with humor and messages for both children and adults. The book is for anyone, at any age, who needs reminding of their own magnificence. We are all magnificent. We all deserve to feel our hearts bursting with joy. 


The book is available on Amazon, select shops, and the book’s website:  

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