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Henry Huggins (Henry Huggins #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  17,784 ratings  ·  333 reviews
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, 160 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Rayo (first published 1950)
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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
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
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
Dec 11, 2011 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Jan 19, 2013 Irene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
David Ward
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
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
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
Katie Dubik Schwarz
Henry Huggins was a good read and full of many timeless things: Henry, a clever boy who doesn't mean to be funny but he is and the dog he finds, Ribsy, a clumsy old mutt who is just the right mixture of mischievous and sweet are at the top of the list. They get into scrapes--Henry loses his friend's pricey new football, Henry gets the worst part in the school operetta, Ribsy's behavior is laughably bad at the local dog show--and use their wit and ingenuity to get out of these scraps.

The book was
Jennifer Margulis
Since my 5-year-old daughter and I have been reading the Ramona and Henry books out of order, it was a delight to re-read this one with her, the first book in Beverly Cleary's Henry Huggins series of children's novels, which was written in 1950. I had forgotten that Ribsy was named after the pitifully thin ribs he had when Henry first found him. I loved watching Henry try to wish himself out of the part of the small boy in the class play, fend off Scooter's bullying, and scrunch down in his seat ...more
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
Richard Ward
It's fun to read Beverly Cleary's first book. Written in 1949 and published in 1950, it has survived the test of time for good reason. Like an old book should, it includes many interesting details about how different life was then. A nickel to use a pay phone; horse meat for sale at the pet store; and no TV, for example!

One of the surprises for me was finding that the book includes appearance by sisters Ramona and Beezus. All the background characters are well done. But the stars of the show ar

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.
it was a fine book....I like Barbara park books.
Janisse M

Henry Huggins was just in third grade and he always that that Kickitat Street was boring, but it was until the day he was waiting for the bus and saw a dog, and he saw that he was hungry. The bus finally came and he wanted to put his dog in there but he wasn't aloud so he looked all over for a box. When he came home he told his mom that a found a dog and he named it Ribsy. Then he bought guppies (two little fish) but they turned out to be 38 guppies he needed to separate all of them so they cou

Jacquelyn Hoogendyk
I read this book as a part of the author/illustrator study. Henry, a boy that thinks nothing interesting ever happens to him, adopts a stray dog off of the street and names him Ribsy. Ribsy and Henry go on adventures throughout the book and Henry eventually decides to enter Ribsy into a dog contest. One day a young boy shows up claiming that Ribsy is his dog and his real name is Dizzy. The boys decide to let Ribsy decide, and Ribsy chooses Henry. Henry was worried that Ribsy would choose the boy ...more
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."

Griffin Allison
This book was about a boy named Henry Huggins and he's on the street eating ice cream when he see's an old dog come to him and wants the ice cream but then he gives the dog the ice cream and then he wants the dog. He names the dog Ribsy. He really liked to have a dog, later on Henry started to get another pet so he went to the pet shop and got guppies but then he had to get rid of them because they kept having more and more. Finally then Henry puts Ribsy into a dog show but then the dog doesn't ...more
This is an amazing book that I think anyone wound like, especially people who have a dog of their own. You could easily knock this book out in a day with 155 pages and a decent size font.Henry, the main character,is out on a Wednesday going to swim at the Y.M.C.A. and decides to get an ice cream before his swim. As he eats his ice cream, he notices an shaggy, starving, brown, ownerless, skinny, dog and decides to take it home with him but he's not sure how because he knows he can't take it on th ...more
Stacy S.
I loved this book. I didn't expect it to catch my attention since it starts out a little slow and is not set in contemporary times, but in the end that is what made me love it so much. Henry Huggins, like Ramona books, take you back to a simpler time that is wonderfully safe and charming. I felt like I was reading a Leave it to Beaver episode. The last few chapters were captivating and I know that my students would be equally engaged. Hoping to use this for a read aloud this school year. If you ...more
Mandy Brajuha
Jun 25, 2007 Mandy Brajuha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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!
Elizabeth Byers
This book is about Henry, Ramona Quimby’s friend who is sitting outside one day when he finds an adorable dog who eats his ice cream cone. From then on, the two are best friends and go everywhere together. Henry even enters the dog in a dog show, accidentally painting him pink, Ribsy ends up winning first place. This is a great book that is a wonderful addition to the Beverly Cleary series, and could be used in the classroom through the use of a creative literacy lesson. A use would be to have t ...more
Joseph Shea
The story talks about a boy named Henry Huggins that feels like that there is something wrong every time he does something until a dog shows up next to him. The dog symbolizes mischief as he always trying to cause trouble. Henry and the dog named Ribsy are best friends until Ribsy's original owner tries to take Ribsy away from Henry. This book was a good book because it shows how Beverly Cleary describes about humor in the book as Henry and the dogs try to display humorous stuff in the book. The ...more
Amy Randall
Feb 20, 2008 Amy Randall rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Took me long enough! Henry & Ribsy manage to get themselves into all kinds of complicated situations and have a riotous time getting out of them. I loved these B. Cleary books when I was a kid and I'm reading them again for pleasure. Henry definitely qualifies as a "free-range kid" or as we used to call them "kids".

I wish B. Cleary had written books for adults (I don't think she did) because they would be full of humor and incident and well-written, but I'll keep reading the kids books anyw
kate and lexi
We really enjoyed listening to this on CD (read by Neil Patrick Harris!) Kate immediately requested another Henry Huggins book.

Probably the reason why I still use the phrase "dollars to doughnuts" in everyday conversation
Abby Bartels
i'm amazed at how well she knows the life, conversation and situations of children.... and how timeless these stories are even if the exact context has changed a bit. (but i'm also lucky to have grown up in a neighborhood and lucky our children have basically grown up in a campus neighborhood feel-- might not be the same read if kids are more structured or not roaming as a pack).

We listen to these on audible on our way to school (prob 2 hours a day) and all the kids are totally following and en
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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)
  • Henry and the Clubhouse (Henry, #5)
  • Ribsy (Henry, #6)
Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1) Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Ramona, #6) The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Ralph S. Mouse, #1) Ramona the Pest (Ramona, #2) Ramona the Brave (Ramona, #3)

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