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Henry Huggins (Henry Huggins #1)

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Henry Huggins has been wishing for some excitement in his life. He never thought it would come in the form of a lost, hungry dog with big brown eyes that just begged for a taste of his ice cream cone.
Paperback, Spanish edition, 160 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Rayo (first published 1950)
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Angela
May 07, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When my mom got it on CD at a book sale for our library, we got it. Then we took the train to Utah. I listened to it on the way home. The problem was that CD two was so scratched up that I had to go to CD 3. So, I had to have the Library order it for me so I could read chapters three and four. I really think that in the last chapter, Finders Keepers, was one of the most exciting of them all, where Risby, (The dog,) had to decide which boy he wanted for his master. And as I listened to the talk w ...more
Catherine
Published in 1950, this book takes you back to a time when an ice cream cone cost a nickel, kids bought horse meat for their dogs at the pet store, and a third-grader could run all over Portland by himself.

Henry is just an average kid with a tendency to get himself into interesting situations. He finds a skinny mutt and, after checking with his mom, brings him home on the city bus. Chaos ensues. He buys two guppies at the pet shop and ends up with a bedroom full of canning jars filled with gupp
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Irene
Jan 12, 2013 Irene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elementary school aged kids
Shelves: children
I never did read any of the Henry Huggins books when I was a kid, and boy, did I miss out!

Isabelle said she wanted to give this book 4 1/2 stars, and when I asked her why not 5 stars, she said, "Because it wasn't long enough." So, given that the only "problem" was that the book left her wanting more, I think 5 stars is a fair rating for both of us.

I really loved how good-natured Henry is. I'm not sure how old he is in the book - maybe 5th grade? He is basically an all-around good kid. As we watc
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Judy
Dec 11, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers and their parents

The Luckiest Girl, Beverly Cleary's Young Adult novel from 1958, was one of my favorite books in my preteen years. After re-reading it a few months ago, I decided to read her middle grade books as research for the memoir I am writing. Henry Huggins was the first of these and the first book she published.

I don't remember reading it as a child but I very well may have because it is about a boy who got a dog. I wanted a dog so much when I was in third grade that I convinced my friend across the str
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Dj
Jan 01, 2015 Dj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems somewhat surprising that I never read any of these books when I was growing up. It wasn't like they weren't around or anything. Still this was a part of childhood that I passed right by so it is somewhat surprising for me to be reading them now. I became interested in reading these after watching the Romna and Beezus movie which was pretty amusing. So in response to that I went and found the first book by the author and read it. I picked it up from the Library and had at it. I found the ...more
Eliza
May 09, 2012 Eliza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this with Theo (5) a few months ago in an optimistic beginning of reading chapter books aloud at night. I thought it might be a little "old" for him, but we both enjoyed it (I had not read it, although I've read most of her books). I have several others lined up for us (Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, The Boxcar Children, Ramona the Pest, Ralph S. Mouse), I just need to get to it and keep at it. Bedtime is so crazy. Is there a better time to read chapter books out loud together? Ida (3) lik ...more
Ariana
Feb 26, 2008 Ariana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elementary, fun
I forgot how much I loved this book. Henry Huggins brings back good memories of being a kid. Like Henry, my friends and I spent our time outside, and usually had some fun project going. Henry just seems like the kind of boy that every kid would want for a friend. He had a great dog, good business sense, and a lot of spunk. This is a great book for kids and a fun way for parents to remember the joys of being a kid.
Sam Kuntz
Aug 22, 2016 Sam Kuntz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry Huggins is about Henry and his dog Ribsy (Ribs for short.) Henry finds Ribsy in front of a drugstore. Henry has to take Ribs home on the bus. But to his disappointment he has to have Ribsy in a box to take him home in the bus. Henry and his “friends” are not nice to each other. This book is very enjoyable and well paced. – Sam Kuntz
Maureen Lubitz
Jul 09, 2016 Maureen Lubitz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on You Have Your Hands Full

A couple of years ago, Audible had a great sale on children’s audiobooks. I ended up getting most of Beverly Cleary’s books for about $4 apiece. I’ve been reading the Ramona books with my seven-year-old twins, so we’ve decided to listen to the Henry Huggins books when we drive around town.

Beverly Cleary might be best known for her Ramona series, but she wrote the Henry Huggins books almost twenty years before Ramona’s first book. The girls were excit
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Philip
This was my FAVORITE Beverly Cleary book as a kid. I loved it. It includes how Henry found Ribsy, and a challenge at the end that has always stuck with me.

But as an adult, I couldn't find it. I'd confused it with the book Henry and Ribsy, which is something else altogether. So it was a really special treat to read this with my daughters. Reading it as an adult, I was surprised by how dated it was... It felt so current to a kid reading it in the 80s, who didn't understand money and prices. But i
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Annette
Apr 17, 2015 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am currently working my way through a Beverly Cleary boxed set with my nearly 6-year-old boy. We moved on to Henry Huggins after finishing the motorcycle trilogy. Personally, I think Huggins is considerably better. Both Henry and Ribsy are genuinely likeable, and the scrapes they get into are both innocent, believable, and amusing. As each chapter encapsulated a complete short story, it also worked better as a read-aloud.
As an adult I enjoyed the nostalgic aspects of the book. It is set about
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Valerie
This is NOT the right edition. I entered the the correct ISBN #, and was redirected to this edition. The edition I have in hand is a paperback edition, in quite good condition, and is illustrated by Lois Darling, whom I'm pretty sure was the original illustrator.

The children's life in this story is realistic. What has changed? For one thing, traffic's gotten a lot worse. People travel much too much, at too high speed, nowadays. The dangers that people fear for children are often overblown. But t
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David Ward
Oct 13, 2013 David Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books, humor, fiction
Henry Huggins (Henry Huggins #1) by Beverly Cleary (Dell 1979) (Fiction - Children's) introduces the reader to a boy in the third grade in a small town where everyone knows everyone else, all the kids walk to the school on the corner, and all families have two parents with a stay-at-home mother. Henry, of course, is Everyboy in Everytown; his hometown combines the best parts of Mayberry from "The Andy Griffith Show", Lake Wobegon, "Leave It To Beaver" (except there's no Eddie Haskell), and "Brig ...more
Lisa
This book details the adventures of Henry Huggins and his new-found dog, Ribsy. I re-read this book in preparation of introducing it to my five-year-old nephew. First, let me just say that I'm a sucker for tales about a boy and his dog. The characters are so likeable, and they sure get into some fun messes. I also really liked the introduction to this book (added in 2000; it wasn't in the edition I read as a kid). My only criticism is that I wish the updated version wouldn't have specified the m ...more
Mary Beth Phelps
Originally posted on bibliophyte: http://bibliophyte.blogspot.com/2012/...

From page one, with his gloomy outlook on life and case of third grade ennui, you can't help but love Henry Huggins. His extreme propensity for accidents, combined with complete obliviousness, firmly cement Henry as one of the most memorable characters from children's lit... at least as far as I'm concerned. I remember reading about him in grade school, wishing I had a friend like him, and asking my mom for pet guppies. Sh
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Luann
Apr 19, 2011 Luann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This audio version of Beverly Cleary's first book, Henry Huggins, is fantastic! Neil Patrick Harris does a great job as the narrator. He really brought the book to life, and made me laugh out loud several times with his expressive voices for some of the minor characters. It's been so many years since I first read Henry Huggins that I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting it in audio. I also loved the introduction by Beverly Cleary and the interview with her at the end. My one complaint would be that the ...more
Shannon
Aug 26, 2016 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My eight year old loved this book. I know he loved it because he hardly moved while I read it to him, a sure sign he was listening intently. Each chapter is a bit of a mini story which makes it great if you want to read just a chapter or are reading other books at the same time. We are looking forward to the next in the series.
Sarah(All The Book Blog Names Are Taken)
Read this as a read aloud to my class, they loved it. The language (gee, jeepers) is funny to them but I think the simplicity is what they enjoyed when we talked about it being published in the 50s. It was a nice trip down memory lane for me also, as I loved the Beverly Cleary books when I was in elementary school.
Vertrees
Oct 03, 2015 Vertrees rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read almost a chapter each night. My 6 yo was engaged, and I liked the characters and the story. Her favorite was the pink dog, and her least favorite was the last story about Ribsy because it made her sad. She thought about how she would feel if it was her dog and her friend in that situation (no spoilers!). I loved that afterward she remembers the stories and put them into context.
Kate
Aug 03, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review from an 8-year-old:

"It's about a boy who finds a dog who ran away from his real owner's aunt and uncle. I like this book because it's about a boy and a dog and I wish I had a dog. My favorite part was when the two boys were fighting over the dog. I would give this book 4 stars."

6/28/13
Azkamalazka
it was a fine book....I like Barbara park books.
kate and lexi
Oct 02, 2009 kate and lexi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-the-library
We really enjoyed listening to this on CD (read by Neil Patrick Harris!) Kate immediately requested another Henry Huggins book.
Mandy Brajuha
Jun 25, 2007 Mandy Brajuha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, young and old
This book was one that my third grade teacher, Miss Sydenstricker read us a chapter a day of. It got me hooked on Beverly Cleary and I still love it. I can still hear Miss S reading it aloud!
Amy Randall
Feb 20, 2008 Amy Randall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jesse and Cait, and my brother and sister
Recommended to Amy by: Santa
Shelves: richie-s-list
I learned that getting a dog is real hard work. My brother and sister have no idea what it will take. They are both afraid of dogs but want one. They should read this book.
Laura Molinario
Realistic Fiction
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Interest Level Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent 4.2
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Matt
Jul 28, 2013 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood

Probably the reason why I still use the phrase "dollars to doughnuts" in everyday conversation
Liv Fisher
I read this back in elementary school, I think. I remember really liking it -- Beverly Cleary's work is definitely a favourite of mine! :)
Alan
Oct 10, 2014 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a perfect book
Meredith Pocius
Feb 14, 2017 Meredith Pocius rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 and Beezus (Henry, #2)
  • Henry and Ribsy (Henry, #3)
  • Henry and the Paper Route (Henry, #4)
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