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Horrid Henry Paperback – April 1, 2009
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"The angle here is spot-on, and reluctant readers will especially find lots to love about this early chapter book series. Treat young readers to a book talk or read-aloud and watch Henry go flying off the shelf." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
""a loveable bad boy" " - People
""The writing is very clever, the humor will have you laughing your pants off, and I firmly believe these books are so popular because there's a little Horrid Henry in each of us... Ross's illustrations bring Horrid Henry's mischievous side to life with his devilish looks and slanted eyebrows."" - Examiner.com
""Humor is a proven enticement for reluctant readers, and Francesca Simon's 'Horrid Henry' series locates the funny bone with ease"" - Newsday
""Kids who love funny books will love the 'Horrid Henry' series by Francesca Simon... Simon's hilariously dead-pan text is wonderfully complemented by Tony Ross's illustrations, which comically capture the consequences of Henry's horridness."" - Children's Corner, Scripps Howard News Service
""For kids beginning to read independently, "Horrid Henry" by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross arrived from England this year, importing sophisticated humor and a sly approach to storytelling. Not since "Nate the Great" has an early reader series created such a buzz."" - Los Angeles Times
""Not since "Nate the Great" has an early reader series created such an addiction."" - Newsday
""Sometimes kids just need to laugh. In these four easy-to-read stories about mischievous Henry, kids may laugh so hard they'll snort milk out through their noses!"" - Central California Parent
"Do your kids like silly books?...Francesca Simon's Horrid Henry series features horrid but loveable Henry and Moody Margaret. " - Montgomery Life
About the Author
Francesca Simon was born in the United States and attended both Yale and Oxford universities. For ten years she worked as a freelance journalist. She now writes fulltime and has had many books published including the bestselling Horrid Henry series and several picture books. She lives in North London, England, with her husband, Martin, and her son, Josh.
Tony Ross is a prolific illustrator of books for children, including Francesca Simon's Horrid Henry series, Martyn Beardsley's Sir Gadabout stories - as well, of course, as his own stories. Over the past few years, Tony has become one of the best known creators of original and traditional picture books and his work has been sold all over the world. Tony Ross was born on August 10, 1938, in London. He trained at the Liverpool School of Art and has worked as a cartoonist, a graphic designer, as the Art Director of an advertising agency, filmmaker, and as Senior Lecturer in Art at Manchester Polytechnic.
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1. In the first story, Henry decides to try being good, essentially out of curiosity. His (usually) good little brother gets so fed up on Henry's odd behaviour that he starts acting out. The brother (Peter) throws spaghetti at Henry, who dodges; the spaghetti lands on mom. Henry laughs, and is punished. Not punished for being naughty, mind you - punished for being good all day and then laughing when something relatively minor happens to his mother.
2. In the second story, Henry is forced to go to dance lessons, which he hates. He'd rather be learning martial arts. He decides to do do his utmost to ruin the big dance recital for everyone involved. He succeeds in doing so, and is no longer forced to go to dance lessons. The story ends with an affirmation of his enrollment in Karate class, and a picture of him destroying a building-block castle.
3. In the third story, Henry gets into a competition with his neighbour to see who can make the most disgusting concoction, and then consume it. While doing this, they leave Henry's brother tied up, alone, in the yard; when he comes in to ask after them, the implication is that they force or trick Peter into eating the disgusting concoction. The end.
Naughty: yes. And potentially dangerous (leaving someone tied up, alone, in the back yard.)
4. In the fourth story, the family goes camping. Henry whines and complains the whole time. He also tries to knock down tents, and blares loud music late at night to the chagrin of other campers.Read more ›
I was a little worried that Henry might give him ideas of ways to get into trouble, but instead I was delighted that there were alway consequences to the naughty things that Henry did - always.
The chapter lengths are about right for a boy who doesn't like to sit still very long.
This series could be the successor to the Beverly Cleary "Henry" books I loved as a child.
In four stories Henry wavers between being merely bad to downright awful. "Horrid Henry's Perfect Day" describes a single 24-hour period when Henry vows to be just as perfect as his annoying little angel-like brother, Perfect Peter. What he fails to predict, however, is how quickly this disturbs and unnerves his entire family.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son found this series on OverDrive - he likes it and thinks it's a fun series to read. Quick reads. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Madison T. Edwards
The author went to Yale and Oxford and this is the best she can do? And she won an award for one book in the Horrid Henry series!? Read morePublished 4 months ago by James Charnock
I really liked when HH and MM played Captain Hook. What was funny is when they had to eat Glop. I really liked when they went on a camping trip.
By CCHM 6 years.
I recommend this book to kids ages 5-8. It is very creative. I like it because it makes you think in a way, but it's still funny.Published 14 months ago by Alice
This was a great book horrid hengry forever!
this book was amazing but not as amazing as the others
I can't believe Francesca made others of this ! it's amazing !
I loved it because Horrid Henry does very stupid things. I am sometimes like Horrid
Henry. He makes me laugh.