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Henry Reed, Inc. (Puffin books) Paperback – May 1, 1989
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This is the first book in a terrific series, and is a perfect transitional novel from children's reading to more adult fare. At 239 pages, it weighs in as a longer book than most readers will have tackled to date, and the writing is slightly more sophisticated than you would see in a Hardy Boys or early Judy Blume book, for example. I would compare it to the series "The Mad Scientists Club," which has the same type of humor and level of sophistication.
As for the story, it is presented as Henry's journal entries over the course of a summer that he spends with his uncle and aunt. He comes up with schemes that young teens will find exhilarating, because they are just wild enough to be exciting, and yet just realistic enough to be believed and emulated. Some of the plans are purely to make money-such as his attempts to find valuable truffles in the neighborhood. Some of them are research, as when he sends a large balloon up into the air bearing a pigeon to measure weather conditions. All of them are humorous and fun to read about, as he often bites off more than he can chew.
This is a terrific series that will not only entertain, but also inspire children to think about their own start-up businesses and scientific research. I highly recommend it.
Henry Reed's story starts out when, for vacation, Henry goes to the USA. He has all kinds of adventures. Henry starts a research business. Then he meets a girl named Midge who wants to be part of his business. She says that she will give him two rabbits if he lets her join, but she only has one.
One adventure happens when Midge and Henry make a balloon and their dog and the neighbor's cat and a dead pigeon go up in the balloon. The cat jumps on his owner's roof and stays there for about a day.
I liked this book because their adventures are very exciting.
When Margaret joined Henry Reed Inc, Margaret and Henry made a deal. The deal was to give Henry two rabbits for the business. The only problem was the second rabbit was missing and had been missing for the past 6 weeks. One-day Henry's beagle Agony saw the rabbit. The rabbit was white as the snow in Aspen. The dog dashed after the rabbit through the whole neighborhood. Eventually the chase led to the grouchy Mr. Apple's lawn and the stamped over a section of his grass. After everything was said and done Margaret and Henry was spying on Mr. Apple. They saw Mr. Apple planting new grass and treating it with much care. What could he be doing?
The Main Moral of the book is never judge a book by its cover. This is because Margaret and Henry thought Mr. Apple was a psycho or something, and really he was just protecting his invention. I really liked this story, i liked because it had alot of action. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5, its not the best book ever but i still would recomend it.
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Every child should have a good read and a good friend like Henry Reed. This is one of my Favorites.Published 16 months ago by JP
It's a good story, but check your copy. I ended up with a copy of a book with mixed up pages, and put it upon my bookshelf without knowing for quite some time (unexpected).Published 20 months ago by Shannon in Oregon
What is taking so long to get the Henry Reed books made into digital copies for my kindle. This is ridiculous. Someone needs to get off their butt and make this happen.Published 21 months ago by Larry Thiel Jr.
As a kid I used to read books constantly and I was at the library all the time borrowing books. I happened to find this series of Henry Reed books and absolutely loved them. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by Pete Lim
Henry Harris Reed is thirteen years old and going into the eighth grade. His father is in the diplomatic service, so the family has lived abroad for much of Henry’s life, the... Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Wayne S. Walker
Keith Robertson does such a great job of taking kids on a fun journey with a protagonist who sets a great example for taking initiative and holding strong to great morals. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I loved this book. There are five books in the series. In the book it mentions that fireworks were illegal in New Jersey and everyone had to go to a football stadium to watch... Read morePublished on January 29, 2013 by Serket
A delightful tale about Henry Reed and his gal pal as they come up with a business to help people accomplish things. Read morePublished on December 30, 2011 by ellison