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Horrid Henry Paperback – April 1, 2009

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Book 1 of 24 in the Horrid Henry Series

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"Fine fare for beginning readers, this clever book should find a ready audience. " - Booklist

"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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Series: Horrid Henry
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402217757
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Francesca Simon spent her childhood on the beach in California, and then went to Yale and Oxford Universities to study medieval history and literature. She now lives in London with her family. She has written over 45 books and won the Children's Book of the Year in 2008 at the Galaxy British Book Awards for "Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman".

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I don't know which book a lot of these other reviewers have been reading, but Horrid Henry is a collection of four reasons why it's good to be bad.

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.

Naughty: no.
Consequences: yes.

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.

Naughty: yes.
Consequences: no.

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.)
Consequences: no.

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.
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I lived in London for many years and certainly "get" British humor but I don't get it on these pages. Nor do I see any consequences whatsoever for Henry's behavior. He ruins a dance recital for everyone by stomping about and acting "horrid" and the consequence is that he suspects he'll get kicked out of dance and get to go to karate class instead (which is what he wanted in the first place). I was so excited to find these books, I bought the first four. I just KNEW my 6 year old, who laughs at everything, would get a kick out of them. He did find some of Henry's antics amusing but he was literally stunned that his behavior wasn't dealt with. We forged ahead and read all of the first book and half of the second before my son finally announced "This guy is a real jerk." I have to agree with him. Horrid Henry's behavior really isn't that different from Dennis the Menace, Bart Simpson, Ramona, etc., but he lacks the heart and the growth to make him an endearing character and the lack of any kind of constructive adult guidance is disappointing.
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I brought the first 4 Horrid Henry books down to my almost 8 year old grandson over Easter, and I asked to read a chapter or two and tell me how he liked the stories. He's a second grader and had no problem reading the stories and enjoying the plots, and thought them "pretty cool."

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.

Ann Zeise
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Naughty bad little boys are the joy of the sometimes naughty, often good little readers. There's the vicarious thrill of reading about a kid who's bad, knows it, and still goes through with behavior not always on the up and up. In America, we have our fair share of these fellows. Now "Rotten Ralph" and "Horrible Harry" have a challenger to their bad behavior based throne. From England comes "Horrid Henry", the boy who will gleefully ruin a dance performance, torture his perfect little brother, sabotage a family outing, and generally act in a rather naughty manner unless caught and told to do otherwise. And even then he'll probably still continue. He may be one of the least charming fellows you, the adult, will ever meet. And your children? The first time he throws someone else's jacket in the mud your kids will be his, heart and soul. For those parents who have complained that "Junie B. Jones" is too much of a handful for their kids, steer clear of "Horrid Henry". He's funny, he's nasty, and he's a hard one to duplicate, that's for certain.

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.
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