What You Need to Know:|
• Perfect early chapter book for reluctant readers.
• What's nice, is if this series resonates with your reluctant reader; there are about nineteen Horrid Henry books in all.
• There are also Horrid Hernry joke books, which are GREAT for beginning, reluctant readers. With a joke book, young
readers don't have to commit to a whole story, but a half hour of reading jokes is still a half hour of reading
text! And it is entertaining to boot!
Sweet Series Background:|
Horrid Henry lives with his parents and his brother Perfect Peter. Henry is HORRID - really, really horrid. Henry is so horrid his parents stay five paces behind him on the walk to school so people won't know he is theirs; even his teddy bear avoids Henry! Henry's parents often wonder how two nice people like them could have produced such a horrid little boy. Little boys from all over will relate to Henry's antics (even if they aren't naughty) and enjoy the humor in his naughtiness.
Simon does a great job appealing to the young reluctant reader. She writes with great humor and sets her stories in places that children easily relate to, including school, karate class, home, etc. TThe naughtiness isn't so extreme that you need to worry about your youngster emulating any bad behavior;
this is just pure escapist fiction for the young set. The books are set up as four short stories, which I love for emerging readers. They don't have to retain as much story as a continuous novel, but they can feel like they are reading a whole book.
In the opening story, Henry decides to see what would happen if he wasn't so horrid. The results are disastrous for the family. Nobody knows what to do with an un-horrid Henry. This change of events is particularly awful for Henry's brother, Perfect Peter. As a result, Peter almost has a breakdown and ends up behaving quite badly himself, much to the reader's amusement. In the other three stories, Henry alternately ruins a dance class, meets his behavioral match in a neighbor named Moody Margaret and makes quite a ruckus on the family's camping trip. The stories are all quite funny and sure to appeal to the early elementary set.
2009, 112 pages
Books for Boys, Excellent Read-Aloud, Humor, Behavior, Family Life, Adventure
• Does Horrid Henry remind you of any characters in other books?
• What would your teacher or parents do with a Horrid Henry?
• If you could talk to Henry, what would you say to him?
• Do you think that Henry's parents really think he is horrid?
• Do you think it is right for parent's to think their child is horrid?
• How could they make him less horrid?
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