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Henry and Ribsy (Henry Huggins #3)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  7,480 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Henry's father promises to take him salmon fishing if he can keep Ribsy out of trouble for the next month. But that's no easy task, especially when Ramona gets into the act.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by HarperCollins (first published October 18th 1953)
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Skylar Burris
Beverley Cleary writes about the every day, mundane life of children and somehow makes it interesting. There are no magicians, no elves, no talking animals, no magic treehouses, no princesses – just ordinary kid troubles and concerns.

I witness my children relating to these books as they listen to them, despite the generational gap, and I can relate to them now on a new level, as an adult parent looking back on myself and my exaggerated woes as a child. This time we opted for one with a male pro
To celebrate the author, Beverly Cleary, 94th birthday last week, I located my copy of Henry and Ribsy -- seven chapters of adventure for any age. I particularly enjoyed Ramona's demand for a P.T.A. in chapter five; Ribsy's rescue in chapter six; and Henry's catch of the Chinook in chapter seven. I had to do my research on "tin pants" and "silverside chinook". Because the book was written in 1954, Henry was delighted with his allowance being raised to 40 cents per week. Gee, how times have chang ...more
Jennifer Margulis
Boy oh boy does Henry Huggins ever want to go salmon fishing with his dad. Scooter, a slightly older boy in the neighborhood who is something of a bully and a braggart, has already been fishing, but Henry has never been old enough to go. Sure, he can wake up at 3:00 in the morning. But the problem is: can Henry keep his dog Ribsy out of trouble for a month? If Henry can manage to keep Ribsy from chasing the neighborhood cat, terrorizing the garbage man, and making all sorts of other mischief, Mr ...more
Richard Ward
Reading through the Henry Huggins books in order, this is the weakest of the first three, though it is still good. Beezus is the most interesting of the series' secondary characters. She's a compelling enough character, in fact, that many readers will say that Beverly Clearly should have given her at least one book of her own, if not her own series as she eventually did Ramona. Her absence from most of this book's 7 chapters definitely hurts it. After she and Henry had become practically best fr ...more
I bet this dog gets in trouble more than your dog... Henry Huggins is a normal kid living in a normal house in a normal neighborhood and everything is normal, except the fact that Henry has this dog named Ribsy, and he's far from normal. (I mean a boring dog normal) When Henry hears that his father is going salmon fishing, he wants to go to, on one condition. He has to keep Ribsy out of trouble. Good luck Henry!

Henry and Ribsy is a third-person book with the main characters, Henry and Ribsy. (Yo
I have fond memories of Ramona in this one! And such a sweet story about the classic "boy and his dog". Great job, Mrs. Cleary!
"Henry braced himself in case it hurt to have his teeth pulled. Ribsy grabbed the end of the rope, growled deep in his throat, and tugged. Henry's teeth flew out of his mouth so fast he didn't even feel them go.

Henry put his hand to his mouth and stared at his teeth lying on the grass. They had come out so easily he could scarcely believe they were gone. He poked his tongue into the right hole in his mouth and then into the left hole. They were gone, all right. 'How's that for a way to pull teet
These were among my absolute favorite books as a kid.
Feb 02, 2013 Irene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elementary school aged kids
Shelves: children
*** Warning: This review contains spoilers! ***

This book is aptly named. Even though Ribsy is an important supporting character in all the Henry Huggins books, in this one, he is in the spotlight. If he behaves, Henry can go on a fishing trip with his dad!

For some reason, this book was much more dramatic than any of the other Beverly Cleary books we've read so far. At one point, there is a scene in which Henry is in a bit of a pickle. He is at the playground, and a bunch of mothers gather aroun
i think it is a good book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
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Mary Beth
In some ways a sweet story about a young boy and his mischievous dog. There were some funny scenes and the boy and dog had a good relationship. It does feel very dated though. Henry fed his dog an awful lot of horse meat-an idea my 6year old had some trouble with. A fishing trip was the conclusion of this story and during it the fish got clubbed with a piece of wood. It was weird to read about this in a kid's book.
Mark Baker
Another kids book. Henry wants to go fishing with his father, but he has to keep his dog Ribsy out of trouble so he can go. Wonderful characters and very real to life situations, just funnier. The chapter "Ramona and the P.T.A." still kills me.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
For some reason the title of this book didn't ring a bell. I thought I hadn't looked into it. But then when reading it, the first chapter along with the plot seemed familiar, since I recall my second grade teacher narrating Henry's fishing journey.
I found the Henry books to be the most interesting of Cleary's books, because Henry's always pursuing a worthy goal, sometimes with a sense of adventure. And this one shouldn't be passed up.
Eric Summers
Set in the same "universe" as the Ramona series, Henry and Ribsy is another book of stories about a single character that are weaved together into one over-arching narrative. In this book, the focus is on Henry Huggins and his dog Ribsy as they have adventures around their neighborhood. Ramona and Beezus are in this book as well.
I picked up three Henry Huggins books at the library, just for a quick trip down memory lane, but I have so thoroughly enjoyed this reminiscence that I just might go pick up a bunch more Beverly Cleary's next time I go down to the library. They keep making me laugh out loud and I smile the whole time I'm reading.
Feb 26, 2012 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children 8-12, read-aloud for kids

This was the best book about Henry Huggins so far. Ribsy, Henry's dog, has been getting in trouble lately. Henry wants to go fishing with his dad. The deal is if Henry can keep Ribsy out of trouble for several weeks, he can go fishing.

It is hard, Beezus helps Henry, but Ramona is worse than Ribsy. All the incidents are hilarious as the kids manage to keep Ribsy in line. The pace in this book is relentless.

Then comes the fishing trip with all the great descriptions of the Or
1. What is the main idea? Henry and the garbage situation.
2. What is a detail? Ribsy growled at the garbageman.
3. What happened after Ribsy growled at the garbageman? The garbageman refused to take the garbage.
4. Why did the house smell bad? Because the garbage smell blew into the house.
5. What is the same between Robert and Scooter? They copy each other.
6. What do you think will happen next? The garbageman is going to pick p the garbage.
7. What does"stunned" mean? Surprised.
8. You can tell that
David Schaafsma
Read with kids. Was dated and just okay. Some old fashioned sweetness to it, though. 1923 book without much drama; kids liked it, especially the last chapter with the salmon… but none of us loved it. Other Cleary books may be better, I think...
LeAnne E Ray
I like this book

I would recommend this book to kids maybe even for kids in 6th or 7th grade.
I hope the author keeps writing this books!!! :)
This timeless tale of a boy and his dog will draw children in with its likeable characters and quick tempo. Henry really wants to go salmon fishing with his dad for the first time, but first he must keep his dog, Ribsy out of trouble. For some reason, Ribsy is very good at getting into trouble, even though he is a wonderful, good- natured dog. Poor Henry has his hands full. Luckily, he is able to keep Ribsy out of trouble long enough to go on the fishing trip. While on the trip, Ribsy gets into ...more
Julie Pascoe
Will Henry be able to keep Ribsy? Dad has given him a challenge in order to keep the dog. See how well or maybe not well it goes.
Anjali D
I thought this book was very funny. I sometimes felt very frustrated at the character's. I thought that at times you feel like you where the character and felt the same emotions the character feels. The story was realistic and could happen to anybody. It was not totaly made up. I have been in some of the situations henry has been in like crying siblings and you get in trouble because of them. The part of the story that I hated was all the false rummers spread around. The trouble that caused this ...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
Its a cookie cutter children's book..that isn't to say it wasn't good.
Maria Francescon
A classic. Both my boys loved this series when they were 5-6 years old.
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I read this book aloud to my daughters.

Cleary was one of my favourite authors as a child. Even though this book was originally written over 50 years ago, it is just as enjoyable to today's children as it was back then. My elder daughter was amazed at how Henry was allowed to go to the store alone, stay back on land alone while his father went fishing, etc. It is certainly a different world today!! We chuckled when reading that Henry was excited that his allowance was raised to 40 cents a week.

Tara Schaafsma
Read this with the kids. It's dated, but fun.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Henry Huggins (6 books)
  • Henry Huggins (Henry Huggins, #1)
  • Henry and Beezus (Henry, #2)
  • 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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