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My Kid Likes it and I Do Too

Sometimes, when I’m reading one of the hilarious Horrid Henry books to my daughter and Horrid Henry does something particularly horrid, I just have to exclaim, “Horrid Henry is so Horrid!” And then my daughter says, “I like him.” She was also captivated by Rotten Ralph. Rotten Ralph and Horrid Henry have a lot in common. They’ve both done their part to foil weddings, for instance. There’s something compelling for children in stories about kids (or cats) who are really really bad. Sometimes it’s the way they compare to "normal" kids. Horrid Henry has a brother named Perfect Peter. Peter is sort of the straight man for Henry’s practical jokes and is himself an exaggeration of a goodie two shoes character. When Perfect Peter, who subscribes to Best Boy magazine, tries to get back at Henry, hilarity ensues. Henry really is horrid and his horridness leads him to do things that are way beyond what most kids would do. And kids love it. With illustrations by Tony Ross, you can’t go wrong. These “blue dot” books are a transition from easy reader style books to chapter books for kids who are reading. Many of the books with the blue dot on the spine at KPL also make great read-alouds.  

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Horrid Henry
9781402217753

 

BillC

Comments

The "Horrid Harry" books sound like great fun... I always like the quirky books when reading with the kids. Have you ever read "Fungus the Bogeyman"? I am not familiar with the "Blue dot" what is that? Thanks for the post!
At KPL, children's books with a blue dot on the spine are transitional books from JE easy readers to longer chapter books. Many of these are wonderful read aloud choies for a wide age range. I'll take a look for Fungus the Bogeyman. Raymond Briggs is great! Thanks!
Thanks for the review. My 2 boys (6years old and 8 years old) just love Horrid Henry on the TV, so I'm trying to use that to get them to actually read a Horrid Henry book. Keep up the good work.
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