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Henry and Beezus (Henry Huggins #2)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,917 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
The world of Henry Huggins centers around Klickitat Street and the Glenwood School. It is people with his dog Ribsy, other boys, and—unavoidably—girls. Beezus, christened Beatrice but renamed by her little sister Ramona, is the girl that Henry find least obnoxious. She is, he has to admit, a sensible girl. He even lets her come along with him occasionally, although this me ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1952 by Morrow Junior Books (first published 1952)
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Well, this is it: the lowest-rated Beverly Cleary book on my "read-out-loud" shelf. Henry was a lot more endearing in Henry Huggins. In Henry and Beezus, he struggles to earn enough money to buy a bike. Beezus offers her encouragement and support along the way, and Henry barely appreciates it. After all, she's a stupid girl with silly, girly ideas. I know Henry is just a kid, and I know it's 1952, but his sexist attitudes got annoying.

We read the 1990 edition with new illustrations. The kids wea
Wan Yu( Stephanie)
This is a supereasy book but also advantageous. Advantageous means useful and helpful. Two big ideas I found in this book is don't be jealous and work on your own. Henry is a teenager who always got jealous of what people had. For example, in this summer, he got jealous in what the big showoff Scooter had - a bicycle. Henry wanted one too, and he tried many ways to trick his parents but failed. Therefore, he decided to get one by himself. What is he going to do in order to get one? Steal? NO, he ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although the title is a bit misleading (Beezus really isn't a core character in this story), it was still another delightful, timeless and funny story about the adventures of Henry Huggins. The main plot in this book is Henry's desire to get a bike of his own. I laughed out loud several times, especially at the antics of Beezus's little sister Ramona, so that makes me think I'll have to read the Ramona books next.
Jan 22, 2012 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers, especially boys

In her third book for middle-grade readers, Henry Huggins returns. This time he wants a bicycle, another icon of 1950s suburban life. His adventures and efforts to procure the bike are shared with Beezus and her little sister Ramona, who feature in some of the later stories.

A third grade boy being forced into hanging out with a girl is the issue here. Funnily enough, I don't recall it being a big deal if you played with boys or girls when I was that age, but there was only one boy among several
Sara ♥
Jul 26, 2010 Sara ♥ rated it really liked it
This is the second installment of Beverly Cleary's stories about Henry Higgins, this time with quite a lot of Beezus (and Ramona) tagging along. There were seven chapters, each containing a story about Henry:

1. Ribsy and the Roast - in which Ribsy steals someone's BBQ meat
2. Henry Gets Rich - in which everyone gets sick of bubble gum
3. The Untraining of Ribsy - in which Ribsy UNlearns to fetch newspapers
4. Henry Parks His Dog - in which Henry gets an odd traffic violation
5. Beezus Makes a Bid -
Oct 28, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Natalie by: TX
As a part of UMHB's READ 3307, I read Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary and Tracy Dockray. This story tell of the life and struggles of young Henry Huggins as he attempts to earn enough money for a bike. This book is very realistic is that it is set in and around Henry's school and neighborhood. This problem he faces of how to earn money at his age is one that many children face. Not only that but crazy, cheerful, and daring Beezus is just developed so well as to not be such a stereotypical ann ...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
Sep 15, 2014 Linnae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this was our favorite so far of the Henry Huggins stories. The kids laughed out loud at several points in the story. Ramona's hijinks were more funny than annoying (to us anyway!) and Henry's adventures were at the same time ordinary and just a touch past what the kids have experienced. A lifetime supply of bubblegum! A dog that learned his trick a little too well and also gets a parking ticket.

And of course, the gem that still comes up in conversation at times:
"There goes the boy that
Lars Guthrie
Jun 21, 2009 Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cleary's third book, the second Henry Huggins, and although Beezus makes it into the title, it's her little sister who steals the show, insisting on being "wound up" before she can move, eating only the lions in animal crackers box, generally demonstrating the iconoclasm that resulted in her taking center stage in seven of Cleary's titles. Highly recommended.
Erin R
Apr 10, 2014 Erin R rated it liked it
This book captures a snapshot of life for Henry Huggins and Beatrice (Beezus) Quimby, two friends who live on Klickitat Street in Portland, OR. Henry’s sole desire throughout the book is to ride a red bicycle in the Junior Rose Parade, but experiences many setbacks in his attempt to save up for one. Beezus (and her annoying little sister, Ramona) come along side him at various points in the book to take part in various neighborhood adventures revolving around Henry’s scheme to someday get his bi ...more
Brenda Noonan
Jan 17, 2015 Brenda Noonan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for kids! In this book Henry tries to get a bike...I will Not tell too much more in case you want to read I said a very great story for kids. Henry plus Beezus= TROUBLE It all started when Henry was at his house on Sunday...looking out the window...
Mar 29, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely enjoyed rereading Henry and Beezus. Unlike the Ramona series, I've only read the Henry Huggins books once or twice. Henry Huggins, our hero, really, really wants a bicycle. His parents can't afford to give him one, and, he doesn't expect it of them. He doesn't feel entitled to it. If only there was a way to earn enough money to buy it himself.

"Henry and The Roast." Readers meet Henry and Ribsy, learn of his great desire for a bicycle, and witness Ribsy steal a roast from the neighb
Love, love love these books! Its been a while since I visited with this classic from my childhood. Very charming and a fun read.
May 12, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beverly Cleary is an amazing author love the book.
Nov 06, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Beverly Cleary. My mom read the books, then read gave her books to me to read and now I'm giving them to my son to read. I read this book out loud with my son. Even though he's perfectly capable of reading by himself, he loves the snuggle time of reading with mama.

This was a fun little book. Each chapter finds Henry trying a different tactic to earn enough money to buy himself a bicycle. Beezus helps him but definitely has a supporting role in the book - it isn't really Henry and Beezus a
May 22, 2015 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to believe that Henry Huggins was once Beverly Cleary's marquee character, given the later explosion of popularity enjoyed by a character spun off from Henry's world, the legendary Ramona Quimby. When Henry and Beezus first saw the light of day in 1952, preteen Henry was star of the show, with Ramona popping up only now and then to add spice to the comfortable suburban setting of the story. It wouldn't be long before Ramona earned her own series of acclaimed books that would become a ...more
Aug 21, 2015 Luisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 17, 2014 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg
There is no better comfort re-read than Beverly Cleqry, so being home sick I have been burrowing deep in the heart of Klickitat Street. Sometimes Henry's dismissal of his loyal friend Beezus is unselfconsciously sexist and annoying, but mostly the story of a boy who is trying to earn enough money for a bicycle with his friends' help remarkably undated. Also introduces the inimitable Ramona Quimby, who immediately steals any scene she is in.
Devon Flaherty
The Henry Huggins series of books by Beverly Cleary. They are, in chronological order, Henry Huggins (1950), Henry and Beezus (1952), Henry and Ribsy (1954), Henry and the Paper Route (1957), Henry and the Clubhouse (1962), and Ribsy. The Henry Huggins series contains the Ribsy series and meshes with the Ramona series.

For our second--and the second largest--character series by Cleary, we moved from Ramona to Henry and his beloved dog, Ribsy. The first scene introduces Ribsy and he appears in all
Laraine Ryan
Feb 08, 2015 Laraine Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been re-reading my childhood books. This was fun.

What's funny too is the new illustrations with Henry riding his bike. He has on a bike helmet. I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have had one in the illustrations from the 1950s.
Richard Ward
Mar 09, 2014 Richard Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good follow up to Henry Huggins. The first book reads more like a collection of short stories, but this one reads more like one cohesive story. Henry wants a new bike and hatches a series of schemes to earn the money. The title of the book is appropriate, as Henry's neighbor and friend Beezus helps him in every chapter. In fact, the blossoming friendship between the two kids was my favorite feature of the book. There's no puppy love here, even though Henry and Beezus are a boy and girl, just fri ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Roy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-children
The characters of Henry and Beezus and Ramona and the dog Ribsy in Beverly Cleary's books are what made me fall in love with reading and eventually launched my writing journey.
Beverly Clearly is a fantastic author, but this book hasn't aged as well as the Ramona series. Written in 1952, it feels more modern than that for the most part. However, the casual sexism of Henry really started to grate on my daughter and me when we read it together. By the last couple chapters, I wanted to throw the book across the room if I read "that's what he got for trying to go somewhere with a couple of girls," or, "Beezus was pretty sensible, for a girl" one more time. Which is a shame ...more
Tiny Mendoza
Jan 18, 2013 Tiny Mendoza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it better than the first book. But I think Beezus needed more scenes since the title says "and Beezus". :)
Pooja Dimba
Jul 16, 2009 Pooja Dimba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first this book was very dull and boring, then it kinda sped up and filled me with joy.
Sheri Struk
Henry Huggins is a fun character who seems relatively normal but manages to find trouble in various situations. It was fun to read about his adventures with Beezus (as well as Ramona) from the perspective of Henry Huggins. Henry finds a huge amount of chewing gum in a back alley and attempts to sell it in order to purchase a bicycle. Kids at school are very excited about this find though they quickly tire of chewing gum. Henry finally buys a bike at an auction, only to later learn that it is a g ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never read any Henry Huggins books as a kid so thought it would be fun to read this one out loud. It wasn't bad and had some cute Cleary moments, but it wasn't as endearing as the Ramona books, and it was seriously dated, much more so than the earliest Ramona books from around the same time, I thought. This meant that it featured far too much "dumb, useless girl" stuff from Henry, plus so much intense and gendered teasing in the last chapter that I had to skip half of it (which is becoming harde ...more
Apr 20, 2016 Canavan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dean Deters
Summary-Henry wants a new bike to empress Scooter.So he saves up his money so he can go to the auction and get a new bike.He gets one but its a girl bike. So he tries to fix it but it does not work.

Setting-Henry's neighborhood in the city.

Character Trait-Beezus is a nice, sweet, kind, girl because she stands up for her friends.

Most Important Event-Is when he goes to the store grand opening.

Recemendation- problems and fun
Probably 3.5 stars. I think I liked this one a little better than Henry Huggins. My daughter hasn't finished reading it yet, but I went ahead and finished. I like the many sticky situations Henry gets into, and I liked that Ramona is more present in this book. She makes an adorable little sister character.

[Some spoilers ahead] I like that this book was realistic in the sense that Henry had to try to save money for the bike he wanted; his parents couldn't just buy a bike because he wanted one. Ev
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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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Henry Huggins (6 books)
  • Henry Huggins (Henry Huggins, #1)
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