Monday, April 6, 2009

Horrid Henry

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1402217757
ISBN-13: 978-1402217753
"What are we going to do about that horrid boy?" sighed Mom.
"How did two people as nice as us have such a horrid boy?" sighed Dad.
And so begins the horrid tales of Henry. As a mother who enjoys reading "The Adventures of Captain Underpants," I jumped at the chance to read this funny children's series. A #1 best-selling chapter book series in the UK, "Horrid Henry" is written by an American author, Francesca Simon, and is illustrated by Tony Ross.

Each Horrid Henry book contains four funny short stories about Henry and his friends and family. Stories in this first book include: "Horrid Henry's Perfect Day," "Horrid Henry's Dance Class," "Horrid Henry and Moody Margaret" (my favorite story in the book) and "Horrid Henry's Holiday."

With people like Moody Margaret, Perfect Peter, Spotless Sam, Goody-Goody Gordon, Soar Susan, Tidy Ted, and Horrid Henry's favorite teddy bear, Mr. Kill, children will identify with these characters and see themselves with new eyes.

The first 4 books in this wonderful series are being released this week in the United States and are expected to be as popular as they are in the UK. Elementary school age children, and their parents, should love these books, and the easy to read print and words make these the perfect first reader chapter books.


Horrid Henry and the Mega-mean Time Machine by Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1842550691
ISBN-13: 978-1842550694
Horrid Hentry invents a time machine and promises to send his brother, Perfect Peter, to the future (as soon as Peter puts on one of Mom's dresses). But when Peter gets there, it isn't exactly what he had in mind In fact, evertying kind of looks the same ..."
In the continuing tales of Horrid Henry, this second book contains the following stories: "Horrid Henry's Hike," "Horrid Henry and the Mega-mean Time Machine," "Perfect Peter's Revenge," and "Horrid Henry Dines at Restaurant Le Posh."

Following the tale of Horrid Henry's little brother, Peter, I was laughing out loud at both boy's antics. Poor Perfect Peter, having to put up with a brother like Horrid Henry. This time he swears Henry will never trick him again.


Anna said...

My daughter and I loved these. Henry is a riot, and I'm glad I don't know anyone like him in real life. :)

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