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Ribsy (Henry Huggins #6)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  4,687 ratings  ·  174 reviews
Separated from his owner, Henry Huggins, in a shopping center parking lot, an ordinary city dog begins a string of bewildering adventures.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published 2000 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published 1964)
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The first book report I ever did was on this book in fourth grade. I had never done a book report before and had no idea what it entailed, finally assuming that it simply meant that I was to describe each and every event that happens in the book. I ended up filling an entire single-subject Mead notebook with pencilled cursive, basically rewriting "Ribsy" by Beverly Clearly in my own words. Apparently my teacher didn't understand the concept behind a book report either, or maybe she just felt bad ...more
Lindsey Feldpausch
This is a review by Braelynn, my 7 year old (I helped type and adjust a few words as she dictated): "To all the children who might want to read this book: This story was about finding a lost dog. His name was Ribsy. His owner's name was Henry Huggins. In the beginning Henry Huggin's family went to the grocery store. Ribsy wanted to go to the grocery store too. Henry allowed Ribsy to ride in the new station wagon. When Henry Huggins got to the grocery store he left Ribsy in the station wagon. Rib ...more
Lars Guthrie
What really keeps me going with Beverly Cleary is her insight on the way children learn and grow, and the way children interact with adults and teachers. That's why I feel her books should be part of the curriculum in teaching credential programs; they offer as much as any child psychology text. Here she gives the reader just as much careful observation into the mind of a dog when Henry Huggins's faithful Ribsy is lost for nearly a month. Because the mutt has to meet new people the reader is exp ...more
I really enjoyed this book. Ribsey's adventures were fun and the people he met were interesting. All of them different, all giving an interesting part to the story. I enjoyed reading this and would read it again.
I absolutely loved Henry and Ribsy as a six year old, so decided to read this to my own six-year-old before bedtime. But I didn't enjoy this experience -- this is perhaps one of the weaker stories in this series, and doesn't make for a very good read-aloud. The chapters are too long for one thing, and the scenes are made up of Ribsy lurching from one house to the next, and you know he's eventually going to find Henry again, and you know approximately when that will be, because you know how much ...more
Angel Cortes
ribsy is about this dog named ribsy. the dog was found a few years ago. now that the dog has an owner he is living with him. but when the owner goes and heads out to the mall ribsy gets really nervous. so what he does is he somehow rolls down the window and he escapes. and now that he has he wonderes off and looks for his owner. and then he gets lost. so what he does is he goes back to the car he was in but he couldnt find it. and so he just finds a car that looks like his owners car and hops in ...more
While not as tickled by this one, and of course seeing the blatant rip-off of Lassie Come Home (dog loses master, meets up with a variety of people on his way home to his master), I still enjoyed it. The ending was heartwarming and made me tear up, of course. I just missed watching Henry and Ribsy enjoy their adventures together.
Amber the Human
Man, this is how the Henry/Ribsy series ends (though of course Cleary just wound up moving on to Ramona, in the same universe). But how rough. It seems like Ribsy is never going to get back. I suppose that it's fun to follow his adventures, but mostly I just felt sorry for Henry. Also interesting in terms of how dogs were able to just roam free back then.
As with all of the Henry and Ribsy books, both kids and mother enjoyed reading Ribsy aloud. The unfortunate, and yet basically optimistic and cheerful Ribsy manages to get separated from his family in a crowded, wet parking lot, and it takes him 180 pages to find his way home again. I won't say that I'm not glad the series is over, but everyone enjoyed it while it lasted!
May 03, 2008 Julie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who liked homeward bound
Shelves: childrens-books
Ribsy is the story of the adventures of a dog that gets lost from his family. The story is told from the dog's perspective. It is written in first person. I chose the book because Beverly Cleary is a very well-known, well-loved author who has been around for years. However, I did not enjoy this story. It did not hold my interest. I think that it is well written for a younger audience. Young dog lovers would especially like this story as well as individuals who liked other stories of animal reali ...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
Eh, its a story about a dog.
Poor Ribsy. He gets lost in a parking lot and is in a frantic search for his his life. Confused to where his owner, Henry, is he doesn't understand why strange people are trying to coddle him. Eventually, he finds his way back to his owner, but after many ridiculous events. This a funny, entertaining book. Ages 8/9+
After posting my comments on Sounder, I reviewed some of the other Goodreads constituents. One of the comments made a marked impression on me. It asked why all dog stories are calculated to make the reader cry. My tendency to contrariness led me to consider if I knew of any dog stories that were not tear jerkers. The first title to come to mind was Ribsy and, finding I already owned a copy, it jumped to the top of my stack of next-to-be-read tomes.
As the constant companion to Henry Huggins in al
Having read the Ramona books with zeal, repeatedly, I was quick in childhood to disregard any non-Quimby residents of Klickitat Street as derivative sequels, like the lame straight-to-video Disney moneymakers I had come to loathe and identify as profound betrayals of original masterpieces. My own fidelity to the Quimby girls felt like a statement. No sell-outs here, Ms. Cleary. Stick to the good stuff. But how glad I am now to have a trove of Henry Huggins books ahead of me. Ms. Cleary is as sym ...more
There is no doubt that Beverly Cleary is a master story teller. She spins her tale with ease, and it stands the test of time, for the most part.

I read this aloud to my daughters and even though the story is delightful, the sentences are very long and somewhat repetitious.

Of course I'll read more by Cleary, but I'll definitely need a break from her style. This might be one for kids to read by themselves instead of out loud.
Richard Ward
Jul 13, 2015 Richard Ward rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children who love animals.
Sisters Ramona & Beezus have a neighbor & friend, a boy named Henry Huggins. If you like the Ramona books you should read the Henry Huggins books, too. He has a dog named Ribsy. Beverly Cleary wrapped up the Henry Huggins books by giving Ribsy an adventure of his own. Children will love this book, especially children who love animals. Adults who enjoy good juvenile fiction & who love animals will like it, too. Ribsy gets lost from his family & spends a solid month wandering about ...more
It was very cute. It had a lot of adventure. It was kind of sad when bad things happened. That's all!
This is a "sentimental favorite" of mine. It was the first Beverly Cleary book I read; while it is a fine story in and of itself, it was also my introduction to the adventures of Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby, some of which were among my all-time favorite books.
Ribsy was a nice addition to the story. Henry became great friends with Ribsy and adopted him as his dog. Henry found Ribsy on the street, very helpless, weak, and thin with his ribs sticking out. And that's how Ribsy earned his name!
I loved Henry Huggins as a kid and used to wait weeks for these books at the library. Ribsy is Henry's dog and this is a story told from his point of view. I have great memories of this whole series.
Alissa 6th
If you have read Ramona, you should know Henry Huggins and his dog "Ribsy." Ribsy goes on many adventures while lost. I enjoyed this book because it's both sad and funny.
Amber Gamell-Hall
Read this to my six year old daughter who cheered at the end. Goes to show how well the author can connect to children's hearts.
Wayne S.
Henry Huggins, who was first introduced in 1950, has a dog named Ribsey. One day on a shopping trip, Ribsey becomes hopelessly lost in a huge mall parking lot, where it’s raining hard, the pavement is slick, horns are honking, and drivers are shouting. When Ribsy thinks he has found the Hugginses’ new station wagon at last, he jumps in the open tailgate window and falls asleep, exhausted. However, when he wakes up find himself in the wrong car, the four little Dingley girls pet him, take him hom ...more
My kids say this is their favorite book of the series. They seemed to find the part at the football stadium particularly exciting. When we finished listening to the last CD, my daughter confirmed with me that this was the last book in the series then said, "Oh. I feel sad now."

What's funny is that, before the book started, she predicted that because it was the last book in the series and because Ribsy was getting older, the dog would probably die at the end of the book. I wonder if she'd have f
The genius of this book is that I am not a dog lover at all and yet Beverly Cleary did such a great job of articulating life from the dog's perspective, as well as describing his movements, bewilderment, and other reactions that it brought the story alive before my eyes as I listened with my children on audio.

I thought the story kind of labored on a bit, and toward the end I really felt a scene or two could've been deleted and the tale would've been plenty long (no pun).

I thought it would be fun to read a book I read as a child way back in the 1960s. I think I read this when I was about eight or nine. I always liked reading the Beverly Cleary books. Ribsy was a good one and still is today. This one is mostly seen through Ribsy's point of view. The Huggins family just got a new station wagon, one that Ribsy is not familiar with. When Henry, his boy owner takes Ribsy for a ride, the dog gets out of the car and ends up near a car that looks similar. It belongs to ...more
Sheri Struk
My daughter thought this book needed to be rated with four stars since she really enjoyed it. It was humorous and demonstrated the good nature many people possess towards dogs. It was amusing to read about the different situations Ribsy found himself in, especially when he was forced to take a bubble bath by some children and then dressed up by an older woman who found him.
Henry Huggins, Ribsy's owner, never gave up hope that he would find his missing dog.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Beverly Cleary writes children better than just about anyone. She just gets kids...and, in this case, dogs, too. While certainly not one of my favorites (my boys and I missed Henry, Beezus, and Ramona, who only had short appearances), it was still a lot of fun. My favorite part was seeing how excited my boys got at Henry and Ribsy's reunion -- made my bookwormy heart happy!
Steve in the nightly bedtime routine I've been banished from reading books. "No Daddy, No Daddy!" I'm only allowed to sit in the corner. As such and bored of listening to the wife read the same kids books over and over, I decided to start thumbing through some of the purchases made for the little one. Note that she is not yet ready for Beverly Cleary, or Stuart Little - I've tried.

So, anyway, despite having read Ribsy back in second grade or so, I ran through it again, a few pages at a time
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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)
  • Henry and Beezus (Henry, #2)
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  • Henry and the Paper Route (Henry, #4)
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