Harry the Poisonous Centipede

Harry the Poisonous Centipede : A Story to Make You Squirm

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Reissue into the First Modern Classic livery of this delightfully squirmy story starring Harry the Poisonous Centipede in a scary world of flying swoopers, furry biters and the dreaded Hoo-Mins! With wonderful humour and brilliant illustrations by award-winning artist Tony Ross, this is the perfect book for wriggly young readers. "It's a Hoo-Min!" crackled George. "Walking on its hairy-biter feet!" But now it was Harry who felt brave. "Come on! Let's peep at it!" They crawled the rest of the way up the tunnel towards the light. Harry is a poisonous centipede but he's not very brave. Still, he is the star of this seriously squirmy story. Harry likes to eat things that wriggle and crackle, and things that are juicy and munchy! But there are some things that a poisonous centipede must never try to eat - dangerous things like flying swoopers, belly wrigglers, furry biters and the most dangerous of all...Hoo-Mins! Harry and George's adventures up to the world of Hoo-Mins sparkle with fun and will be a delightfully squirmy experience for all young readers.show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 181.44g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007364725
  • 9780007364725
  • 507,581

About Lynne Reid Banks

Since Lynne's first novel for adults, The L-Shaped Room, she has been published here and in the US. Her strong narrative style and ability to create worlds where small people and animals live, is second to none. Her book, The Indian in the Cupboard, shortly to be a Collins Modern Classic, was made into a major feature film - her books in the series sell and sell. Lynne says writing for children comes more easily than writing for adults. "It's not that it is less demanding - I just find it more fun."show more

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"A real ground level story that rockets along on hundreds of legs...Bug fans will love this. Kidstuff School Books RTE Guideshow more

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Reason for Reading: Specifically I am collecting this publisher's list under the title of "First Modern Classics" aimed at younger readers originating from the UK house. The titles on this list, which started in 2009, all by British authors, are a unique selection for North American readers, though a few international classics are included. Lynne Reid Banks is mostly known in NA for her Indian in the Cupboard series. I had heard of this book but never actually seen it. Harry, his best friend George and his mother Belinda have got to be the only bugs in this world that I would ever call adorable. Banks manages to tell a tale of these centipedes in all their creepy crawly-ness, while at the same time creating characters the reader sympathizes with and roots for. There is one certain scene when I was utterly creeped out at the thought of these slithery insects from a "Hoo-Min" point of view while I was captured in the intense moment for Harry and George and whether they would escape with their lives. An adorable story with lots of mini-adventures that lead up to a forewarned major climax. Banks tells this cute tale of centipede life keeping it light and fun for the youngest of listeners but also is able to impart a lot of genuine information about centipedes wholly within her storyline and never crossing the line into giving a lesson. I really enjoyed the story finding the it exciting for the intended audience, fun and the characters lovable. Which is quite a feat since centipedes give me the willies just looking at pictures of them! Tony Ross' illustrations are plentiful and equally darling to match the text, making Harry an unforgettable character in children's literature. Finally, an aspect of the "First Modern Classics" series I really like is first at the beginning there is a short paragraph by a famous author called "Why You'll Love this Book" which Ian Whybrow provides in this instance. Then at the back there is "More Than a Story" section with its own Table of Contents. This one includes 10 facts about centipedes, riddles, puzzles, a recipe, a craft and a "Are You Scared of Creepy Crawlies?" quiz.show more
by Nicola Mansfield
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