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Gary Paulsen
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Harris and Me (Tales to Tickle the Funnybone #2)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  2,827 ratings  ·  458 reviews
At first, Harris was not a friend of choice. In fact, Harris wasn't a friend at all: the first-person narrator was dumped on this distant cousin's family as part of "a kind of rotation...of many uncles and shirttail relatives." To a city boy, this unruly farmer's son doesn't seem exactly respectable. For starters, he goes mouse hunting, enthusiastically wrestles 300-pound ...more
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Published May 1st 1995 by Turtleback Books (first published October 29th 1993)
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I wish this could have a million, zillion, jillion to infinity stars because it's awesome!
It's a boy book and I like that stuff. They made a motorcycle out of a clothes washer and jumped on a horses back from a loft and they peed on an electric fence and they jumped on a sow and almost killed it. It was super funny.
Corbin Goforth
iv read it 3 times funniest book ever
Seriously? This book was terrible!
The first thing you notice when you pick up this book is the title 'Harris and Me'. Okay, that's not even proper grammar. SO obviously, the author is a thick-skulked baboon. Need further proof? Does he really expect me to laugh at someone hurting there balls or saying the word 'piss'? Because, quite frankly, it's not that funny all.
If he says 'testicles' one more freaking time I'm going to shoot someone!"I said testicle and now I'm a famous author!" NO!!! That
Adrian C.
"Includes laugh-out-loud passages as well as heaps of nostalgia." -The Horn Book. This book is one of my favorites and definitely wins the cake. It tells of a city boy that spends the summer with his "cousins" out in the country. He spends most of the time with one of his cousins named Harris and they get into some crazy shenanigans. He finds the girl of his dreams, wrestle three-hundred-pound pigs, a shocking encounter with an electrical fence and more. "Faced paced, highly descriptive, and fun ...more
“Harris and Me” ended up being a very pleasant read for me. At first, I didn’t think I was going to like it because of the super rural setting and the clearly non modern time feel of it, but as I began to read, I got into it feeling like I was the character. I think this book could be a great tool to use in the middle school classroom. It offers a perspective that many students are not used to and the ones that are can relate to the book, which can draw them in. The perspective which I am talkin ...more
Allison Morgan
Genre/Category: Gary Paulsen

The 11-year-old narrator is taken to the farm of distant family for a summer and meets Harris, a daring, yet immature boy who gets them into all sorts of trouble. However, after a summer full of events and mishaps, the two boys become great friends.

The only other book I've read by Paulsen was Hatchet, so I didn't have a lot to compare this novel to. I was a little surprised by the lack of a climax; the book seemed to be made up of one event after another without any b
This is quite possibly the finest piece of writing that Gary Paulsen ever did. I read this a number of years ago, but I've always been disappointed that I couldn't read it aloud to children thanks in large part to Harris being a troublesome young man with a decidedly foul mouth. I have never laughed so hard at any other book in my life, the stories of Patrick McManus included. There are few books that manage to hold so honestly to the true nature of a mischievous boy, unacceptable bits and all, ...more
This story is laugh outloud funny. My husband doesn't share my appreciation and love for reading so in my constant attempt to get him to enjoy reading more I read this book outloud with him and even he couldn't help but laugh at the main character and his adventures with his cousin Harris. Harris and Me is about a young boy who is about nine years old. You never get the main characters name, but the reader still has no problems relating to the character telling the story. Our young boy comes fro ...more
Katie Hill
Harris and Me is a really fun, light, relatable read, and I imagine that it would be the same for my future middle grades students. There were times when I thought, I can't believe I'm still reading this, and really enjoying it! Usually when people tell me to read a YA book about two middle/below middle grade boys on a farm, I'm not dying to run out and read it. I really felt emotionally connected to Harris (he's the guy you love to hate at the beginning, then grow fond of by the end), and the n ...more
Whya 5 star rating?

This is a laugh-out-loud, seriously hilarious book you will want to read over and over. With one of the funniest characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading, this story will make you want to relive your childhood!

Plot Summary:

"Harris and Me" by Gary Paulsen illustrates the adventurous and humorous summer of two young boys. Our 11 year old "city boy" narrator is sent to live with his second cousins on their farm for the summer. Upon arriving, he meets nine year old Harri
Harris and Me is a story about a boy who is taken from a home with alcoholic parents and is sent to his aunt and uncle’s for the summer. His aunt, uncle and cousins live on a farm and the narrator and immediately befriends his trouble-making cousin, Harris. The story follows the narrator and Harris’ adventures during the summer and they face danger on multiple occasions. This story is very climactic and Paulsen does an excellent job writing detailed descriptions of all of the narrator and Harris ...more
Linda Lipko
If you are looking for a heartwarming, poignant tale that will make you laugh and cry, then you might want to read this gem.

When studying the author's life, I came across a link that mentioned Paulsen wrote this as an autobiographical tale based on his real life experience of spending a summer on a farm in Minnesota with distant relatives.

Both parents were alcoholics and often he was shuffled from one home to another. By the time he was 11 years of age, Paulsen was relocated several times.

Caitlyn Evans
I enjoyed this book. It was a easy and quick read. At the beginning, I really didn't know what to expect. However after a chapter or two, I was quickly interested into finding out how things played out. It sort of reminds me of how my hometown probably was years ago. I am from a small, country town that I'm sure was almost exactly like the setting in the book. In my opinion, it would draw students in because of the humor and imagination. It's hard to get kids, or anyone really, to read something ...more
Fred Kohn
Apr 23, 2014 Fred Kohn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fred by: Laela
Shelves: young-readers
Best Juvenile fiction I've read in a while. Who knew that spending the summer on a farm could be so, well, interesting? I laughed out loud enough times that my wife had to ask what was going on.
Lisa Griffin
I loved this book! I chose to read this by and in the pool and almost dropped it in the pool I laughed so hard. As a future middle grades language arts and reading teacher I will definantly use this book as a novel study. The mischievious antics of Harris and his cousin are hilarious. This novel reminded me of a simpler time when boys could run and play outside all day and look forward to a trip to town. The worldliness of one boy and the innocence of the world outside of the farm of the other b ...more
From the first book I read written by Gary Paulsen I've always enjoyed his writing style. Harris and Me is no different. Harris and Me follows the stories of two cousins having the time of their lives one summer in his eleventh year.
A young boy from the city is sent to live with his relatives because of an unhappy home life. He now has to spent the summer on a farm in the county with his cousin Harris. He not only has to learn how to do things on the farm but he learns from his cousin Harri
An eleven-year old boy has been tossed between homes, avoiding his drunk parents and trying to find a place that he fits. One summer, the deputy drives him out into the country to stay with his supposed second cousins for the summer. This is where he meets Harris, who seems a terror but soon becomes his best playmate. He learns how to work hard and play hard on a farm, all the while subtly becoming a part of the Westerson family.

I don't think I'm quite the right audience for this book, so I coul
Sean Lynch
Everything's going be different for the 11 year old city boy who was sent to live with his aunt and uncle on their farm for the summer. He isn't used to anything that goes on around the farm, and when he meets his cousin Harris, things get even more different. Harris gets into all of the trouble he can handle including pig wrestling and many other adventures. The two's personality's clash making it exciting and unpredictable.

I really enjoyed this book. Gary Paulsen did a very good job of writing
I enjoyed this book but there is one thing that bothered me.... We do not know a name for "me". "Me" is the main character and narrator.

Other than that ONE thing, I really liked the adventures throughout the book, you could feel them going on with the vivid descriptions. You could actually picture what was happening throughout the book. A 1950's city-boy is sent to live with distant relatives he barely knows. Not only does he not know who they are, but he is being sent way out into the country,
This book is a great combination of humor and adventure. It's about a boy who leaves home in the summer to go to his relative's farm. there, he meets his aunts and uncles and cousins. His cousin Harris is the strangest person he has ever met. From poking straws up a few frogs' rear ends, to swinging from a rooftop to the ground like Tarzan, he is extremely crazy. During his first night, the boy walks behind a cow named Vivian. Vivian kicked the boy twice, once in the groin and once on the head. ...more
I love Paulsen's versatility. A hilarious book that had me laughing out loud most of th way through, but very touching, too. Harris is an unforgettable character-- I'm still laughing at him riding his bike with the motor attached so fast that he loses his pants. So good!
Dianna Caley
I loved this. I read it straight through. I couldn't wait to see what Harris would do next. I'm definitely reading it with the girls. They will love it.
I've actually read this about 20 times - pretty much every year out loud to all of my classes! Wonderful wonderful book:)
Best book to read aloud. Love it. Sad that it is autobiographical.
Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen was a humorous and charming book. Harris, the loud, rude, country boy leads his cousin into all sorts of trouble such as attacking pigs and jumping on horses. I enjoyed the hilarity of the book, although it seemed to be in a way, incomplete. There wasn't a visible climax or problem in the story; it was event after event. Even though this was a problem, I felt as if I was inside of the story because of the description and language used. Not a perfect book, but defini ...more
I read this book several times in my youth. I cherished it. Harris is what every American boy should have the chance to be. Free. Full of wonder. Full of an explorers spirit. Harris' exuberance towards life experiences make for an occasionally risky situations, but his father's strong hand always brought him back to reason.

Paulsen exposes youthful readers to subtle new forms and style of writing. "Me" becomes our lens, we jump into the pages becoming "Me" and get to experience Harris first-hand
I found this book randomly in a pile of books from elementary school. I remember really enjoying the book but forgot what it was about so I decided I had to read it. And I'm so glad I did. The story is about a young boy (we are never told his name) who is forced to move out of his parents house for the summer due to their alcohol abuse problems. He is taken to the Larsons, very distant relatives, who live on a farm in the middle of nowhere. The boy meets the Larson's kid Harris who is happy to ...more
Ryan Cullinan
This book is a realistic ficiton story about a boy who had troubled parents, and was sent to live with his cousin Harris and his family on a farm. It shows how he struggles to learn the new lifestyle, but he has a lot of fun on the way. Also, it shows how he comes to love his new family. The main characer and Harris do things like milking cows, catching mice, and fighting pigs. These things add up to a great summer of fun, and he never wants to leave.
I rated this book with f
Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen
Read in January 2012


Harris and Me is an action packed book full of the escapades of two boys during the summer. Harris is a firecracker character. One minute he is playing Cowboys and Indians and the next he is plotting what the best way to swing from the barn loft and land on a horse would be. Daring each other to face their villians, the electric fence, the crazy rooster, Ernie, and the derranged tomcat Buzzer they embark on adventure after adv
Gary Paulsen- Harris and Me (Dell Books 1993) 4.5 Stars

Eleven years old and used to living in the city with his drunken parents, he now has to spend the summer on a backwoods farm with his cousin Harris. Learning the ropes of working on a farm, he will be working harder than he has ever had to work in his life. At the same time he is having more fun with his cousin than he has had at any point in his life. From attacking pigs, to catching mice, life couldn’t be better. If only he didn’t have to
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