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Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine Paperback – April 1, 2009
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'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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Top Customer Reviews
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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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
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Laughed out loud. Loved the Le Posh restaurant and that Henry tried something he was sure he wouldn't like and ended up loving it. Try it and you might like it and he DID!Published 2 days ago by SHMag@aol.com
Great for young boys who don't enjoy reading. The stories are short enough to read for book reports but long enough to have a good story line that keeps their attention.Published 5 months ago by LazarPrice
I don't get it. There's no humor here nor British wit, just an unpleasant self centered main character. He's not even clever, he's just really a jerk.Published 5 months ago by Mama T
I liked this book I thought it was funny and cool now I know some tricks. I LOVE it so muchPublished on March 16, 2014 by Abigail
This book was awesome. My 7-year old couldn't stop reading! And kindly reminded me (her dad) not to act like Horrid Henry.Published on June 17, 2013 by T-man
(Review dictated by my 9-year old son)
It was interesting because it had lots of funny moments. I liked it.