Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Travel the World: UK: Horrid Henry

Simon, Francesca. 2009. Horrid Henry. (Originally published in UK in 1994)

I've met a new friend and his name is Henry, Horrid Henry. Until I picked up this wonderful little chapter book by Francesca Simon, I was clueless to this gem of a series. Turns out, Horrid Henry is quite popular--especially in the UK!

This first includes four stories: Horrid Henry's Perfect Day, Horrid Henry's Dance Class, Horrid Henry and Moody Margaret, and Horrid Henry's Holiday. Each story is funny, seriously funny. There is something about Henry that is just so darn lovable. I don't know if every reader can relate. After all, there might be a few Perfect Peters and Moody Margarets lurking about. But whether you're loving Henry, or loving-to-hate Henry, I think you'll enjoy what you find here!

I think the thing that I love best about Henry is his voice. Francesca Simon gets what it means to be a kid, to think like a kid, to talk like a kid, to act like a kid. Everything is just so right.

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mariel said...

Horrid Henry is huge in the UK, especially popular with little boys!! The audiobooks are excellent too, I know some people who had their kids reading the book at the same time as the audiobook playing and they were a lot more confident with their reading afterwards.

Glad you enjoyed it!

Anna said...

I just reviewed this one and 3 others with my daughter. We loved them. Henry is a total riot, though I'm glad my daughter is nothing like him!

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Jennie said...

The bookshop I went to in London had a Horrible Harry WALL.