Henry Huggins (Henry Huggins #1)
During one unforgettable year that begins when Henry discovers a lost, hungry dog he calls Ribsy, readers will have a grand time. Before the suspenseful conclusion, they'll me...more
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...more
My favorite part is the little things that Henry and Ribsy get themselves into. The classic dog and boy adventures are so greatly expressed in these books, and I honestly didn't realize the book was written prior to WW...more
I think the guppy chapter is my favorite, although the fact that Mrs. Huggins is going to use those fruit jars to store fruit in again after the guppies have lived in them really grosses me 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...more
1. Henry and Ribs - in which Henry finds a skinny mutt and attempts to take him home via public transportation
2. Gallons of Guppies - in which Henry buys two guppies, who end up NOT being of the same gender...
3. Henry and the Night Crawlers - in which Hen...more
Surprisingly, I haven't come across this series (before now) although I know about Ramona and Beezus (from the movie). Henry is a great character on his own, and the book brings a lot of good memories of being a child and childhood friends, all the excitement and fun :-). Henry is so wonderful, just an all-round great kid and there's lot of practical lessons about grow...more
** Nothing ever happens to Henry Huggins. Nothing, that is, until a stray dog named Ribsy comes into his life. Pretty soon, Henry and Ribsy are wreaking havoc on the city bus, getting a ride in a police car with sirens wailing, and winning a prize at the dog show. Thanks to their joint shenanigans, Henry finds himself covered in green paint one day, and later accidentally colors Ribsy's fur pale pink. One week, Henry catches earthworms for his fisherman neighbor to raise money for a borrowed ba...more
This book sort of sounded like something the kids in my class would right. Didn't really sound like something that deserved to be published.
Just like all Beverly Clearly books, they have this one tug on my brain that make me want me to keep reading! This book was something that I picked up because I just finished a good book and didn't have any other ones with me at the time. So, I reckon Beverly Clearly books aren't even all that good. I was just...more
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...more
Then a few years back, his high school cross country team had a garage sale and he donated this book. I was very sad to have it leave our household, but I also was happy that another child would be able to enjoy the story.
The pictures are not the ones I remember. They have been completely redone. They are slightly more multicultural and show kids wearing bicycle helmets.
Allston and I finished Henry the Dog tonight, I thought it was a cute book. Allston seemed to enjoy listening to me read it at night. I wish the chapters would have been shorter so that there would have been better places to stop reading. The whole book was only three chapters.
Beverly Cleary was born Beverly At...more