Horrid Henry

Horrid Henry

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Age Level: 7 and up Grade Level: 2 to 5Horrid Henry is the very first collection of stories about the master of mischief (and the funniest kid in the universe) including: Horrid Henry is dragged to dance class.Horrid Henry competes with Moody Margaret to make the World's Yuckiest Glop(TM).Horrid Henry tries to survive vacation without TV.And, Horrid Henry tries to be good like Perfect Peter (but finds out he is bad at being good).

Horrid Henry is a publishing and media phenomenon all over the world. This laugh-out-loud series has sold millions of copies in the UK and over 200,000 in the US, has spawned a very successful TV show in Britain, has been published in 27 languages, and has received incredible praise from the press, librarians, booksellers, parents, and, most importantly, kids, the world over!

For kids beginning to read independently, Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross arrived from England this year, importing sophisticated humor and a sly approach to storytelling.--Los Angeles Times

Will make you laugh out loud.--Sunday Times

Why Horrid Henry?

Kids love it!
I love the Horrid Henry books by Francesca Simon. They have lots of funny bits in. And Henry always gets into trouble!
Mia, age 6, BBC Learning is Fun

It's easy to see why Horrid Henry is the bestselling character for 5-8 year olds.
Liverpool Echo

Because it's funny
My two boys love this book and I have actually had tears running down my face and had to stop reading because of laughing so hard. My oldest son is rereading all the books in this series on his own now and he still loves them. Happy reading!
T. Franklin, Parent

A modern comic classic.
SF Said, Guardian Children's Books Supplement

Kids get to be harmlessly rebellious
Henry is a beguiling hero who has entranced millions of reluctant readers... little rebels will love this collection and even little angels will be secretly thrilled by Henry's anti-heroic behaviour.

Henry's naughtiness is a yardstick against which children can get a sense of their own moral goodness and social justice
What is brilliant about the books is that Henry never does anything that is subversive. She creates an aura of supreme naughtiness (of which children are in awe) but points out that he operates within a safe and secure world.
Emily Turner, Angels And Urchins Magazine

Reaches the most important age group--children who are learning to read
I have tried out the Horrid Henry books with groups of children as a parent, as a babysitter, and as a teacher. Children love to either hear them read aloud or to read them themselves. The books are spot on for the 5-8 age range and are fun for the adults who share them too.
Danielle Hall, Teacher

The structure provides new readers with a real sense of accomplishment
My son is 7 years old and a big Horrid Henry fan. This book lived up to his expectations! Horrid Henry is like most boys: he always has a plan and is always getting into mischief! It was amusing, and he could not put it down. Can't wait for the next. He read it cover to cover by himself in 2 days! That for me sells a book! He can't wait for the next one to be published. He has recommended it to all his friends.
Mrs. Tami Gold, Parent

Reaches both boys and girls equally
Wonderfully appealing to girls and boys alike, a precious rarity at this age.
Judith Woods, Times Books

A global publishing phenomenon with 12 million copies sold!
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 133 x 191 x 6mm | 113g
  • Naperville, United States
  • English
  • 1402217757
  • 9781402217753
  • 22,876

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Audiobooks: [Horrid] Henry is the exemplar by which other boys can measure their own horridness...Miranda Richardson plays Henry just right, neatly balancing peevishness, effrontery and sheer life force. - Kirkus Reviews
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About Francesca Simon

Francesca Simon was born in the United States and attended both Yale and Oxford universities. For ten years she worked as a freelance journalist. She now writes fulltime and has had many books published including the bestselling Horrid Henry series and several picture books. She lives in North London, England, with her husband, Martin, and her son, Josh.

Tony Ross is a prolific illustrator of books for children, including Francesca Simon's Horrid Henry series, Martyn Beardsley's Sir Gadabout stories - as well, of course, as his own stories. Over the past few years, Tony has become one of the best known creators of original and traditional picture books and his work has been sold all over the world. Tony Ross was born on August 10, 1938, in London. He trained at the Liverpool School of Art and has worked as a cartoonist, a graphic designer, as the Art Director of an advertising agency, filmmaker, and as Senior Lecturer in Art at Manchester Polytechnic.
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Rating details

3,061 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 44% (1,349)
4 24% (732)
3 19% (584)
2 8% (252)
1 5% (144)

Our customer reviews

Acquired: Borrowed a copy from the local library. Reason for Reading: I thought ds should be able to read this as his reader and I had read good reviews of how funny they were. First, we must get one thing straight. Henry is a horrid little boy. He is naughty, likes to cause trouble, is contrary on purpose, likes to make his perfect brother miserable and is never happy unless he gets his own way. Each book contains four short stories and in no way whatsoever does Henry ever learn a lesson, have things turn out bad for him or say he's sorry at the end. No, Henry may have things go not quite the way he planned at the beginning but they only turn out better than he had planned and in the end he gets what he wanted or even better. Henry is no role model, nor can we learn a life lesson from him BUT he is absolutely hilarious, laugh out loud funny. My son wants to read more books in the series and even if he didn't, I would read them on my own and I am way out of the 7 to 10 recommended age group! This is the first book written and so the first story simply introduces us to horrid Henry and his brother perfect Peter. Henry decides to try being perfect for a day to see what it is like and while he finds it irritating at times, he so confuses his parents and annoys his brother that Peter gets into trouble for a change and Henry can't stop laughing and ends up in his room as usual. Next Henry causes a ruckus at dance class; he'd rather go to karate lessons. Practicing to be a raindrop for Henry is more fun when he does his elephant dance and one thing leads to another until he's finally kicked out of dance class. Hopefully karate classes will now fill in the free time on Saturdays. Then Henry gets together with his neighbour Moody Margaret and the two of them end up in the kitchen making a disgusting, gloopy, gummy, greasy mess called Glop, which they've dared each other to eat. Finally, we end with a camping trip, but Henry's idea of a campground and that of his parent's vary from each other considerably. He wants to go where Moody Margaret's family goes: they have electricity, a pool, TVs, a fridge, a shower and more. Mom and Dad want to go back to nature. Let's just say that when Harry is finished with them, Mom and Dad may never want to be left alone with nature again! Hilarious! Ds did a good job of reading the book, too! It was just a tad over his ability but he enjoyed the stories so much he just kept on going!show more
by Nicola Mansfield
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