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

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  3,926 Ratings  ·  642 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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Jul 28, 2008 Henry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 15, 2011 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 02, 2016 Paulh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harris and Me written by Gary Paulsen is realistic fiction. In my eyes this book is great because it's a mix of comedy and realism about being a farm boy and living that life. The Me character is a smart, outgoing, city boy and doesn't know much about the farm boy life. Harris is weird, likes adventure, and he's a daredevil. The main conflict is Harris has a tendency to be too adventurist.The setting is on a farm in the good old days. The plot line of the story is Me went to an aunts and uncles ...more
Apr 18, 2011 Veron!ca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alaina Sampson
Aug 22, 2014 Alaina Sampson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book but it was slow in some parts
Benjamin H.
Apr 18, 2017 Benjamin H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, christian
It is a good book because its about farming with his uncle for the summer. He used to be in a family in the city but he never knew what else he could do in the country. He made friends with his cousin and learns about the country. They learn how to milk cows and smooth it out and rides horses.But can he keep up with everything that happens at the farm.
Katelyn Loehrke
May 23, 2016 Katelyn Loehrke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 18, 2013 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Katie Hill
Aug 28, 2012 Katie Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-2012
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
Aug 28, 2012 Celia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Feb 12, 2013 Brittanyleatafoya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.

Adrian C.
Feb 03, 2014 Adrian C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Caitlyn Evans
Aug 28, 2012 Caitlyn Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa Griffin
Aug 26, 2012 Lisa Griffin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
So funny! A few students said I needed to read this because it has a killer rooster in it, much like the one we had when I was kid. I wrote a Slice of Life about it on my blog - it's one of my students' favorites. The antics that Gary and Harris have on the Larson farm made me laugh out loud. Loved the narrator of the audio!
Ms Threlkeld
I had to push to get through this one. As an adult I could appreciate the story, but I think it would feel really outdated and somewhat confusing to kids living in urban or suburban areas because they probably wouldn't have the necessary background knowledge. It also bothered me that "commie jap" was used frequently without much context.
Sep 12, 2012 Frances rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, tween, read-in-2009
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!
Student Shaun
May 01, 2015 Student Shaun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was really good. This is a good adventure book. It tells about how a city boy reacts when he moved to a farm. I like this book because it is really interesting.
Dianna Caley
Feb 23, 2013 Dianna Caley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 20, 2015 Liza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Family book club book and we all loved it: two forty year olds and our 12 year old who recommended it. Lots of laughs and a little bit of tears at the end
Sep 10, 2015 Brier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harris and me was one of the fun books that you like to red
Fred Kohn
Apr 22, 2014 Fred Kohn rated it really liked it  ·  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.
So far I'm not loving this book. It's like watching an episode of Jackass. Painful.

Finished. I get what people value in this book.
Jan 26, 2013 Penny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've actually read this about 20 times - pretty much every year out loud to all of my classes! Wonderful wonderful book:)
Sep 11, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was just amazing! I wish there was a second book of Harris & Me!!!
Sep 28, 2012 Stasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book to read aloud. Love it. Sad that it is autobiographical.
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Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read--along with his own library card--he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adve
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