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Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine Paperback – April 1, 2009

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Book 13 of 24 in the Horrid Henry Series

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'Fabulous performances by Miranda Richardson as HH builds himself a time machine and eats out at Restaurant le Posh, just two of the stories about the brat-of-brats on this terrific production. Car journeys will never be the same!' -- Kati Nicholl, EXPRESS

'These four stories are the best yet.... The sound effects (including Beethoven's Fifth dragged into an electronic jive) are gloriously unpleasant, and the manic mixture of joy and cruelty in the reading has children hugging themselves in wicked glee. It may seem paradoxical that very good stories about a very bad child will keep your own bad children quiet, but mine listen in awestruck silence.' -- Amanda Craig, THE INDEPENDENT --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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: 480L (What's this?)
  • Series: Horrid Henry
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402217803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402217807
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As authors of books for children, we set out to create books our young readers will enjoy. We hope our books will be "keepers" to be read again and again. Recently I received another email telling me that my action-adventures and mysteries have had this effect on an eleven year-old boy.

In our family, it was the "Mr. Men and Little Miss" books that our children wanted my wife and me to read over and over again, and we did. Even though our children are 30 and 28 now, I highly recommend these books to parents today.

Now I have the opportunity to introduce you to another set of books that I think will be "keepers." I'm talking about the "Horrid Henry" books by Francesca Simon. I would first suggest these as books for boys 5 - 8. Each book contains four short chapters. Girls will enjoy the books just as much as boys.

The series has been successful in England, and is now being published in the US. In addition to "Horrid Henry," the titles include "Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy," "Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine," and "Horrid Henry's Stink Bomb."

Parents might be concerned that Henry will give kids ideas of ways to get into trouble, but there are always consequences for the things that Henry does. Other characters, in addition to Horrid Henry, include his brother, Perfect Peter, Moody Margaret, Spotless Sam, Goody-Goody Gordon, Tidy Ted, and Soar Susan.

The Horrid Henry books deal with real life situations. Young readers may recognize their own parents, teachers, siblings, friends...even themselves, in the characters. But it's the humor that will have kids coming back for more.

My first concern, as an author, is for struggling or reluctant readers, since I grew up hating to read. Horrid Henry may be just the cure for children who think they aren't interested in reading.

Published by Sourcebooks' Jabberwocky

Max Elliot Anderson
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Books for Boys
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These books are not appropriate for children, by any means. In the beginning of each story, I thought to myself, "What a terrible attitude this child has, I can't wait for the end where he learns to listen." That never happens. The only thing these books teach are how to disrespect your parents and disregard all authority. I would never recommend these to anyone.
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This chapter book is not a good influence for children. They basically read about Horrid Henry's bad behavior and all the scheming he does. The worst part is that there are no consequences. The book has four stories in it. When I read the first one, I thought there would have been a lesson at the end of the story for Horrid Henry. No such luck. The last three were the same. There are funnier books without leaving a bad lesson for kids. Try some books by Louis Sachar, Judy Blume or Jeff Kinney books instead.
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This book contains four stories in which Horrid Henry gets involved in various schemes while collecting gizmos, having trouble with his homework, starting a rumor about a shark in the swimming pool, and scaring Perfect Peter with the Mummy's Curse.

This is an accelerated reader book. I'm always looking for interesting AR books for my children to read since they have to have so many points every grading period. (AR) reading level 3.5 - AR Pts: 1.0
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In a few words and simple sketches we get a glimpse of human character through the eyes of a kid: "it's not fair". Jealousy, pride, and the innocence of fantasy... All packed in funny stories.
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I really enjoyed this book. it is good for children 7 and up. the mummy curse might scqre little ones, but reading with a parent is always a oppertunity to learn new words and things!!!

Talia Chang,
Age 9
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Unfortunately, I bought each book for my seven year old son. Even he could not believe how "horrible" Henry behaved with absolutely NO consequences. One book has Henry singing about hitting an old person on the head with a cane. I am "horrified" that these books are published and further shocked they have been endorsed by parents. These books are so deplorable I will not pass along to friends or donate. They will end up in the garbage where they belong. Reckless content pretty much sums it up. Oh, I looked at the author's photo and let's just say I wasn't surprised.
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My ten-year old, John, and I decided to do a joint review of the title story The Mummy's Curse.

In Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse, Henry is doing what he does best-being horrid and getting into trouble. Since he is unable to share his toys with his younger brother, Perfect Peter, Henry has been banned from playing with Peter's toys. Typically, that's not a problem for Henry. Who wants to play with Peter's childish, baby toys? Well, that changed when Peter won a "Curse of the Mummy" kit from the museum. It came with a plastic body to mummify, mummy wrapping gauze, a curse book, amulets, and removable mummy organs! What little boy wouldn't love this !?

Perfect Peter soon finds Horrid Henry in his room and threatens to tell on him. But Henry convinces Peter that he's not stealing his toy, but trying to protect him from the Mummy's Curse, the curse that turns people into a mummy.

Peter is certain his Mom has been mummified. He asks Henry to help him remove the curse. Henry insists they must wrap Fluffy, the cat, in the sacred bandages (toilet paper) so he can be a messanger between this world and the next. Peter, too, must be wrapped and remain silent for thirty minutes. Henry begins chanting the "sacred spell":

"By the powers of Horus, Morus, Borus and Stegosaurus!"

But before the spell can be completed, Henry is discovered by his Mummy, I mean, Mom. He is grounded from the TV for a month, but since Peter no longer wanted anything to do with his mummy kit, Peter had free reign!

My Review:

Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry series, does another outstanding job with this one! Each of the four stories are long enough to tell a good story, but short enough to keep the attention of my two boys.
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