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Horrid Henry
is the #1 bestselling chapter book series in the UK, and he’s now in the USA! So far there’s four collections of Horrid Henry stories. Each book has four stories about Horrid Henry. All of them are fairly short.

Horrid Henry is a little boy who definitely lives up to his name. He constantly teases his brother, Perfect Peter, who subscribes to magazines such as “Best Boy” and delights in eating his vegetables.

Author Francesca Simon has created a character that is mischievous and fun, and just a little bit devilish. But all of his pranks and antics are fairly harmless, and just funny. My favorite scene is in Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine, where Henry has tricked his brother, Perfect Peter, into thinking a cardboard box in the living room is really a time machine. And Peter can travel in time, if he dresses like the boys in the future do.. in dresses and lipstick.

I loved the titles of all of the characters mentioned in the books – not just Horrid Henry has an alliterative adjective describing him, but there’s a slew of other characters – Lazy Linda, Moody Margaret, Prissy Polly, etc.

Tony Ross’ illustrations are a perfect fit for a series like Horrid Henry. The slightly manic style reflects the silly and impish sides of the Henry stories. Ross has illustrated books for Paula Danzinger and Roald Dahl as well.

There is no order to the series (but I’d recommend you read Horrid Henry first, as it introduces his family), and the playful language makes it perfect for a read-a-loud session. As I said before on an In My Mailbox post, this series is excellent for a reluctant reader. Reading just “one more page” won’t seem daunting after kids read how Henry himself pulls a fast one to win a reading contest..and ends up getting more than he bargained for!

Horrid Henry features the first Henry story, his and Moody Margaret’s quest to make the most disgusting gloppiest glop ever, and two others, including his quest to be perfect for an entire day.

Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy has Henry devising ways to make the tooth fairy think he lost a tooth, as well as three other stories, such as how Moody Marget moves in and is a most unpleasant house guest.

Horrid Henry’s Stinkbomb
involves a wicked plan to get the girls’ club back, plus three stories, like disastrous sleepover.

Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine features the time machine prank I mentioned above, plus Peter’s revenge, and two more stories.

There’s a nice bit of resources to accompany the Sourcebooks series as well! And soon, Horrid Henry will be a videogame. The official site has a ton of materials able to be downloaded for free as well. You can find a list of them below.

Teacher Guides
Libraries Activities

Check out the other stops on the Horrid Henry blog tour!

YA Books Central

Jean Little Library blog

Kidz Book Nook

A Bookworm Reads

Provo City Library Children’s Book Review

Lazy Gal Reads

Jana’s Book List

Ian Chong, “Fun Kid”

Great Kid Books

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The Excelsior File (6/22)

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Chronicle of an Infant Bibliofile (6/28)

In the Pages (6/29)

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