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Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure: Another Story to Make You Squirm Hardcover – February 19, 2001

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After his earlier big adventures (divulged in Harry the Poisonous Centipede), one would think this young centipede would have had his fill of drama and excitement. But that would be a "not-so," in centi-lingo. Harry (technically, his real, Centipedish name is Hxzltl, but we can call him Harry) and his best friend George (Grnddjl) once again find themselves in a peck of trouble when they are trapped in hard-air prisons by the dreaded Hoo-Mins (who might call these prisons jars). They manage to escape, only to embark on an extended good news/bad news-style adventure that spans landscapes (and seascapes) and involves taunting tarantulas, incredibly annoying marine centipede cousins, and a friendly, former-potential-meal lady dung beetle. Whether bravely biting the heads off a veritable army of soldier ants or crackling forlornly to each other about their homesickness for Harry's mother, Belinda (Bkvlbbchk), Harry and George stick together and stick it out.

With tremendous wit and squirmy thrills, Lynne Reid Banks keeps her Hoo-Min readers on the edge of their seats. Prolific illustrator Tony Ross joins Banks again to portray in exciting black-and-white line drawings the surprising range of centi-emotions--and escapades. What next for Hxzltl and Grnddjl? (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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In this second adventure, the titular hero heads to the "No-Top World" to rescue best friend George. The bad news: Harry is captured by a "Not-So-Big Hoo-Min." The good news: the same boy has captured George. The pals cut loose but encounter life-threatening rains and a beasts before making it home. Ages 7-10.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; 1st edition (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060291397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060291396
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lynne Reid Banks is a best-selling author for children and adults. Her classic children's novel 'The Indian in the Cupboard' has sold nearly six million copies worldwide. She was born in London in 1929 and worked as an actress, writer and TV news reporter. Lynne has written thirty books: her first, 'The L-Shaped Room', was published in 1960. She now lives in Dorset, where she continues to write. Lynne says that writing for children comes much more easily than writing for adults. Tony Ross was born in London in 1938. He has worked as an art director at an advertising agency, a graphic designer, a cartoonist, a teacher, a film maker and as a Senior Lecturer in Art at Manchester Polytechnic.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa A. Lappen VINE VOICE on September 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This sequel about Harry (actually, Hxzltl, in Centipedish) and his friend George again takes the bugs out from down-under (ground, that is), into the forbidden Up-Pipe and the world of the HOO-MINS.

Here, the bug boys are caught in hard-air-prisons (jars), meet a tarantula, learn about rain and discover why it's important (sometimes) to listen to grown-ups.

I wasn't at all amused by their antics, but my opinion doesn't count. My 10-year old critter loves Harry and his friend. He likes animals, loves bugs, and adores rebellious characters. More than once, Harry has kept him up at night, reading under the covers. He's plowed through this book three times in the last month.

Perfect for second, third or fourth grade readers who prefer illustrated chapter books, the 180-page further adventures of a many-footed mischief-maker will delight kids of the same spirit.

--- Alyssa A. Lappen
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Format: Paperback
This is the second book in Lynne Reid Banks' series on Harry the Poisonous Centipede. I loved the first 80% of the first book, but detested the ending -- and so, sadly, decided not to recommend it to my son. But I thought that maybe I could recommend to him this sequel -- that maybe it would preserve and extend what I liked about the first book without containing what I had disliked -- so I read this book hoping it would be one I could recommend.

No, I'm now officially giving up on this series. I loved the first four chapters, became ambivalent in chapter 5, persevered in chapters 7 through 14, then finally gave up and stopped reading a few pages into chapter 15. I was reading a library copy and it is probably not an accident that someone had left a bookmark in chapter 15: quite possibly that reader gave up on the book in chapter 15 as well.

The gruesomeness at the end of book 1 which turned me off of an otherwise promising premise/story simply PERMEATES the sequel, and even though I would LOVE for my son to imagine life through the eyes of a simple creature like a centipede, this book series is not going to be the vehicle for that experience.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
Harry the Poisonous Centipede's BIG Adventure.

Author:Lynne Reid Banks.

Harry (actually Hxzlt) and George get caught by a Hoo-Min. They plan an escape but get caught by a flying bird who tries to eat them. Then they get thrown into the sea. They manage to hold on somehow. Will they ever make it back to their home. Find out by reading this amazing book. Go on an adventure with Harry and George, two centipede's that will do anything to get home.

Review by: Frances
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