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Ribsy (Henry Huggins #6)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  4,004 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary gives Henry's dog, Ribsy, the center stage in this dog's-eye view of the adventure of a lifetime.

Good ol' Ribsy's ever-curious mind has always gotten him into scrapes, but this time he may have gone too far. After a comical turn of events, Ribsy finds himself in the wrong station wagon with the wrong children. Ribsy will do anyth
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ebook, 240 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published 1964)
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Jeremy
The first book report I ever did was on this book in fourth grade. I had never done a book report before and had no idea what it entailed, finally assuming that it simply meant that I was to describe each and every event that happens in the book. I ended up filling an entire single-subject Mead notebook with pencilled cursive, basically rewriting "Ribsy" by Beverly Clearly in my own words. Apparently my teacher didn't understand the concept behind a book report either, or maybe she just felt bad ...more
Lindsey Feldpausch
This is a review by Braelynn, my 7 year old (I helped type and adjust a few words as she dictated): "To all the children who might want to read this book: This story was about finding a lost dog. His name was Ribsy. His owner's name was Henry Huggins. In the beginning Henry Huggin's family went to the grocery store. Ribsy wanted to go to the grocery store too. Henry allowed Ribsy to ride in the new station wagon. When Henry Huggins got to the grocery store he left Ribsy in the station wagon. Rib ...more
Lars Guthrie
What really keeps me going with Beverly Cleary is her insight on the way children learn and grow, and the way children interact with adults and teachers. That's why I feel her books should be part of the curriculum in teaching credential programs; they offer as much as any child psychology text. Here she gives the reader just as much careful observation into the mind of a dog when Henry Huggins's faithful Ribsy is lost for nearly a month. Because the mutt has to meet new people the reader is exp ...more
Lynley
I absolutely loved Henry and Ribsy as a six year old, so decided to read this to my own six-year-old before bedtime. But I didn't enjoy this experience -- this is perhaps one of the weaker stories in this series, and doesn't make for a very good read-aloud. The chapters are too long for one thing, and the scenes are made up of Ribsy lurching from one house to the next, and you know he's eventually going to find Henry again, and you know approximately when that will be, because you know how much ...more
Bonnie
While not as tickled by this one, and of course seeing the blatant rip-off of Lassie Come Home (dog loses master, meets up with a variety of people on his way home to his master), I still enjoyed it. The ending was heartwarming and made me tear up, of course. I just missed watching Henry and Ribsy enjoy their adventures together.
Julie
May 03, 2008 Julie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who liked homeward bound
Shelves: childrens-books
Ribsy is the story of the adventures of a dog that gets lost from his family. The story is told from the dog's perspective. It is written in first person. I chose the book because Beverly Cleary is a very well-known, well-loved author who has been around for years. However, I did not enjoy this story. It did not hold my interest. I think that it is well written for a younger audience. Young dog lovers would especially like this story as well as individuals who liked other stories of animal reali ...more
The Styling Librarian
Henry Huggins, Henry and Beezus, Henry and Ribsy, Henry and the Paper Route, Henry and the Clubhouse, and Ribsy – I was quite happy to listen to this collection of books! It was quitespecial to listen to Beverly Cleary introduce the book and honestly loved listening to Neil Patrick Harris narrate most of the stories. What a treasured character I just love remembering from childhood. I’m happy that I’ve been able to introduce my son to Henry Huggins, perfect for his age and life experiences from ...more
Phillip
After posting my comments on Sounder, I reviewed some of the other Goodreads constituents. One of the comments made a marked impression on me. It asked why all dog stories are calculated to make the reader cry. My tendency to contrariness led me to consider if I knew of any dog stories that were not tear jerkers. The first title to come to mind was Ribsy and, finding I already owned a copy, it jumped to the top of my stack of next-to-be-read tomes.
As the constant companion to Henry Huggins in al
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Adrienne
Having read the Ramona books with zeal, repeatedly, I was quick in childhood to disregard any non-Quimby residents of Klickitat Street as derivative sequels, like the lame straight-to-video Disney moneymakers I had come to loathe and identify as profound betrayals of original masterpieces. My own fidelity to the Quimby girls felt like a statement. No sell-outs here, Ms. Cleary. Stick to the good stuff. But how glad I am now to have a trove of Henry Huggins books ahead of me. Ms. Cleary is as sym ...more
S.K.
There is no doubt that Beverly Cleary is a master story teller. She spins her tale with ease and it stands the test of time, for the most part.

I read this aloud to my daughters and even though the story is delightful, the sentences are very long and somewhat repetitious.

Of course I'll read more by Cleary, but I'll definitely need a break from her style. This might be one for kids to read by themselves instead of out loud.
Kathleen
This is a "sentimental favorite" of mine. It was the first Beverly Cleary book I read; while it is a fine story in and of itself, it was also my introduction to the adventures of Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby, some of which were among my all-time favorite books.
KatieLynn
Ribsy was a nice addition to the story. Henry became great friends with Ribsy and adopted him as his dog. Henry found Ribsy on the street, very helpless, weak, and thin with his ribs sticking out. And that's how Ribsy earned his name!
Jen
I read all of the Ramona and Beezus books as a girl, but didn't read the ones about Henry Higgins or his dog, Ribsy. My loss! Beverly Cleary absolutely nails the mind of "agreeable" mutt Ribsy as he has multiple adventures during the month where he is lost and missing Henry (he can't find his way home because the first household has four girls who give him a perfumed bubble bath, which confounds his nose). There is humor and insight, and little touches that I loved, like making the kids who buy ...more
Suzanne
I loved Henry Huggins as a kid and used to wait weeks for these books at the library. Ribsy is Henry's dog and this is a story told from his point of view. I have great memories of this whole series.
Alissa 6th
If you have read Ramona, you should know Henry Huggins and his dog "Ribsy." Ribsy goes on many adventures while lost. I enjoyed this book because it's both sad and funny.
Angel Cortes
ribsy is about this dog named ribsy. the dog was found a few years ago. now that the dog has an owner he is living with him. but when the owner goes and heads out to the mall ribsy gets really nervous. so what he does is he somehow rolls down the window and he escapes. and now that he has he wonderes off and looks for his owner. and then he gets lost. so what he does is he goes back to the car he was in but he couldnt find it. and so he just finds a car that looks like his owners car and hops in ...more
Wayne S.
Henry Huggins, who was first introduced in 1950, has a dog named Ribsey. One day on a shopping trip, Ribsey becomes hopelessly lost in a huge mall parking lot, where it’s raining hard, the pavement is slick, horns are honking, and drivers are shouting. When Ribsy thinks he has found the Hugginses’ new station wagon at last, he jumps in the open tailgate window and falls asleep, exhausted. However, when he wakes up find himself in the wrong car, the four little Dingley girls pet him, take him hom ...more
Charity (CJ)
My kids say this is their favorite book of the series. They seemed to find the part at the football stadium particularly exciting. When we finished listening to the last CD, my daughter confirmed with me that this was the last book in the series then said, "Oh. I feel sad now."

What's funny is that, before the book started, she predicted that because it was the last book in the series and because Ribsy was getting older, the dog would probably die at the end of the book. I wonder if she'd have f
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Steve
Okay...so in the nightly bedtime routine I've been banished from reading books. "No Daddy, No Daddy!" I'm only allowed to sit in the corner. As such and bored of listening to the wife read the same kids books over and over, I decided to start thumbing through some of the purchases made for the little one. Note that she is not yet ready for Beverly Cleary, or Stuart Little - I've tried.

So, anyway, despite having read Ribsy back in second grade or so, I ran through it again, a few pages at a time
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Joanna Weaver mason
This is the first Cleary book I read this out loud to my kids, 6 & 4, and they loved it. I had read many Cleary books as a kid, so it is really fun reading them to my kids now. The chapters are long, but my 6yo had no trouble listening. My 3yo usually fell asleep about half way through each chapter. They can't wait to read more!
Irene
Feb 20, 2013 Irene rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elementary school aged kids
Shelves: children
I'm so sad to see the Henry Huggins series come to an end!

In this book, Ribsy gets lost, and we follow his adventures as he tries to find his way home. It reads kind of like Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, in that the main character is a dog, and we see events from the dog's perspective.

This is a great book about Ribsy, but I did find that I missed Henry and Beezus and the other kids on Klickitat Street. Isabelle gave it 4 stars because she thought it was too exciting; she actually felt a lo
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Dolly
Oct 22, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read longer chapter books
This is the sixth book in the Henry Huggins series by Beverly Cleary. It's the first book we've read in this series, but we've read several of the Ramona stories.

This story is told mainly from Ribsy's perspective as he gets lost and has an adventure on his way to find Henry. The story is fairly short and the black-and-white illustrations complement the story nicely.

Our youngest brought this book home from school and we both read it separately. I don't think the story made much of an impression
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Vimacone
Ribsy was a definitely a rib-tickling adventure by master story teller Beverly Cleary. She didn't seem to tell stories from an animals point of view very often, but she pulled them off just as well as her other stories. In this story, Ribsy gets lost and has a series of misadventures, before getting rescued. A favorite among my second grade class in late 1996.
Marlee
This book is hilarious. It mostly follows what Ribsy is thinking, rather than Henry. It is a lot of fun to follow Ribsy on his adventures. My son who is 9 loved this book. Silly and fun and quick and easy.
Beth
My husband doesn't care for animal stories, but was charmed by NPH's reading of the audiobook. He does Fathers, children, old ladies, garage workers, dogs, and singing excellently. I loved how Cleary wrote from the dog's perspective, with insight and simplicity. The one aspect that seemed very dated was the generalizations about genders: boys who run and throw balls, and girls who are bossy and hug too tightly. The calm men who rescue stressed or frantic women and children.

But overall, this was
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Amanda
I never ventured beyond Ramona before! This was so cute -- I love the idea of it being (sort of) from a dog's perspective without actually having the dog as a narrator.
Matthew
Beverly Cleary was the only kind of realistic fiction I read when I was a child. Yes, she wrote books about rodents riding motorcycles, but in books like 'Ribsy' and 'Ramona Quimby' she wrote about public school and family life and even being poor in an honest and hopeful way that was usually very funny too.

Ribsy is the story of a dog. And anyone who loves dogs and likes to read books about dogs like 'White Fang' and such will throw a book across a room if the dog behavior is not portrayed accur
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Mary Jane
just because i read this in elementry and doesnt really remember what the story was about..i pretty much only remember bits and peices
Emry Acton
this book is cute but very sad to me because i think books that have dogs in pain are sad or when they are lost or something of that sort.
Seth
ribsy got lost! they got a new car. henry found ribsy! ribsy went to a football game! ribsy went on an elevator!
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Beverly Cleary (born April 12, 1916) is the author of over 30 books for young adults and children. Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour. Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice ("Beezus"), Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse.

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