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Harris and Me (Tales to Tickle the Funnybone #2)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  3,716 Ratings  ·  609 Reviews
A young boy spends his tenth summer on his aunt and uncle’s farm, where he is constantly involved in crazy escapades with his cousin Harris. “On the Larson farm, readers will experience hearts as large as farmers’ appetites, humor as broad as the country landscape and adventures as wild as boyhood imaginations. All this adds up to a hearty helping of old-fashioned, rip-roa ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published October 29th 1993)
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Henry
Jul 28, 2008 Henry rated it it was amazing
I wish this could have a million, zillion, jillion to infinity stars because it's awesome!
It's a boy book and I like that stuff. They made a motorcycle out of a clothes washer and jumped on a horses back from a loft and they peed on an electric fence and they jumped on a sow and almost killed it. It was super funny.
Corbin Goforth
iv read it 3 times funniest book ever
Matthew
Jun 15, 2011 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is quite possibly the finest piece of writing that Gary Paulsen ever did. I read this a number of years ago, but I've always been disappointed that I couldn't read it aloud to children thanks in large part to Harris being a troublesome young man with a decidedly foul mouth. I have never laughed so hard at any other book in my life, the stories of Patrick McManus included. There are few books that manage to hold so honestly to the true nature of a mischievous boy, unacceptable bits and all, ...more
Veron!ca
Apr 18, 2011 Veron!ca rated it did not like it
Seriously? This book was terrible!
The first thing you notice when you pick up this book is the title 'Harris and Me'. Okay, that's not even proper grammar. SO obviously, the author is a thick-skulked baboon. Need further proof? Does he really expect me to laugh at someone hurting there balls or saying the word 'piss'? Because, quite frankly, it's not that funny all.
If he says 'testicles' one more freaking time I'm going to shoot someone!"I said testicle and now I'm a famous author!" NO!!! That
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Katelyn Loehrke
May 23, 2016 Katelyn Loehrke rated it it was amazing
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Adrian C.
Feb 19, 2014 Adrian C. rated it it was amazing
"Includes laugh-out-loud passages as well as heaps of nostalgia." -The Horn Book. This book is one of my favorites and definitely wins the cake. It tells of a city boy that spends the summer with his "cousins" out in the country. He spends most of the time with one of his cousins named Harris and they get into some crazy shenanigans. He finds the girl of his dreams, wrestle three-hundred-pound pigs, a shocking encounter with an electrical fence and more. "Faced paced, highly descriptive, and fun ...more
Alaina Sampson
Aug 22, 2014 Alaina Sampson rated it really liked it
I liked the book but it was slow in some parts
Celia
Aug 28, 2012 Celia rated it liked it
“Harris and Me” ended up being a very pleasant read for me. At first, I didn’t think I was going to like it because of the super rural setting and the clearly non modern time feel of it, but as I began to read, I got into it feeling like I was the character. I think this book could be a great tool to use in the middle school classroom. It offers a perspective that many students are not used to and the ones that are can relate to the book, which can draw them in. The perspective which I am talkin ...more
Allison Morgan
Dec 10, 2009 Allison Morgan rated it it was ok
Shelves: english-420
Genre/Category: Gary Paulsen

The 11-year-old narrator is taken to the farm of distant family for a summer and meets Harris, a daring, yet immature boy who gets them into all sorts of trouble. However, after a summer full of events and mishaps, the two boys become great friends.

The only other book I've read by Paulsen was Hatchet, so I didn't have a lot to compare this novel to. I was a little surprised by the lack of a climax; the book seemed to be made up of one event after another without any b
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Laura
Feb 27, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult-2012
This story is laugh outloud funny. My husband doesn't share my appreciation and love for reading so in my constant attempt to get him to enjoy reading more I read this book outloud with him and even he couldn't help but laugh at the main character and his adventures with his cousin Harris. Harris and Me is about a young boy who is about nine years old. You never get the main characters name, but the reader still has no problems relating to the character telling the story. Our young boy comes fro ...more
Katie Hill
Aug 28, 2012 Katie Hill rated it really liked it
Harris and Me is a really fun, light, relatable read, and I imagine that it would be the same for my future middle grades students. There were times when I thought, I can't believe I'm still reading this, and really enjoying it! Usually when people tell me to read a YA book about two middle/below middle grade boys on a farm, I'm not dying to run out and read it. I really felt emotionally connected to Harris (he's the guy you love to hate at the beginning, then grow fond of by the end), and the n ...more
Molly
Sep 18, 2013 Molly rated it it was amazing
Whya 5 star rating?

This is a laugh-out-loud, seriously hilarious book you will want to read over and over. With one of the funniest characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading, this story will make you want to relive your childhood!

Plot Summary:

"Harris and Me" by Gary Paulsen illustrates the adventurous and humorous summer of two young boys. Our 11 year old "city boy" narrator is sent to live with his second cousins on their farm for the summer. Upon arriving, he meets nine year old Harri
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Brittanyleatafoya
Feb 12, 2013 Brittanyleatafoya rated it really liked it
Harris and Me is a story about a boy who is taken from a home with alcoholic parents and is sent to his aunt and uncle’s for the summer. His aunt, uncle and cousins live on a farm and the narrator and immediately befriends his trouble-making cousin, Harris. The story follows the narrator and Harris’ adventures during the summer and they face danger on multiple occasions. This story is very climactic and Paulsen does an excellent job writing detailed descriptions of all of the narrator and Harris ...more
Linda Lipko
Jan 02, 2013 Linda Lipko rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a heartwarming, poignant tale that will make you laugh and cry, then you might want to read this gem.

When studying the author's life, I came across a link that mentioned Paulsen wrote this as an autobiographical tale based on his real life experience of spending a summer on a farm in Minnesota with distant relatives.

Both parents were alcoholics and often he was shuffled from one home to another. By the time he was 11 years of age, Paulsen was relocated several times.

Never
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Holly
So funny! A few students said I needed to read this because it has a killer rooster in it, much like the one we had when I was kid. I wrote a Slice of Life about it on my blog - it's one of my students' favorites. The antics that Gary and Harris have on the Larson farm made me laugh out loud. Loved the narrator of the audio!
Caitlyn Evans
Aug 28, 2012 Caitlyn Evans rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was a easy and quick read. At the beginning, I really didn't know what to expect. However after a chapter or two, I was quickly interested into finding out how things played out. It sort of reminds me of how my hometown probably was years ago. I am from a small, country town that I'm sure was almost exactly like the setting in the book. In my opinion, it would draw students in because of the humor and imagination. It's hard to get kids, or anyone really, to read something ...more
Fred Kohn
Apr 23, 2014 Fred Kohn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fred by: Laela
Shelves: young-readers
Best Juvenile fiction I've read in a while. Who knew that spending the summer on a farm could be so, well, interesting? I laughed out loud enough times that my wife had to ask what was going on.
Ms Threlkeld
Sep 15, 2016 Ms Threlkeld rated it liked it
I had to push to get through this one. As an adult I could appreciate the story, but I think it would feel really outdated and somewhat confusing to kids living in urban or suburban areas because they probably wouldn't have the necessary background knowledge. It also bothered me that "commie jap" was used frequently without much context.
Student Shaun
May 01, 2015 Student Shaun rated it it was amazing
I think this book was really good. This is a good adventure book. It tells about how a city boy reacts when he moved to a farm. I like this book because it is really interesting.
Liza
Jan 20, 2015 Liza rated it it was amazing
Family book club book and we all loved it: two forty year olds and our 12 year old who recommended it. Lots of laughs and a little bit of tears at the end
Lisa Griffin
Aug 26, 2012 Lisa Griffin rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I chose to read this by and in the pool and almost dropped it in the pool I laughed so hard. As a future middle grades language arts and reading teacher I will definantly use this book as a novel study. The mischievious antics of Harris and his cousin are hilarious. This novel reminded me of a simpler time when boys could run and play outside all day and look forward to a trip to town. The worldliness of one boy and the innocence of the world outside of the farm of the other b ...more
Trent
Feb 29, 2016 Trent rated it liked it
Harris and Me is a fiction novel written by Gary Paulsen, and I give it three stars out of five. The two main characters in Harris and Me are Harris and the narrator. The time and place of this story was on a farm in the 1900's. There are a couple of kids in this story. Harris smokes, so that right there shows that Harris is a trouble maker. The narrators parents are alcoholics , so he is always ends up staying with family. They both go on a adventure while the narrator is staying with Harris. I ...more
Yoselin
Feb 29, 2016 Yoselin rated it it was amazing
Harris and me is a fictional book written by Gary Paulsen. I rated this book a five. Harris and me takes place on a farm most of the time The two main characters are Harris and the narrator. The narrator moves place to place a lot. The main reason is because his parents were drinkers. Harris and the narrator get in some sort of trouble. Mainly the overview is that a child with parents who drink, moves place to place to find a place to stay until he moves to a farm with the Larson's who have a k ...more
Cheletta
Feb 29, 2016 Cheletta rated it really liked it
Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen, It's a fiction novel .I rated it 4 stars. This book started on a farm .The main characters are Harris and the Narrator . This book is about a boy the Narrator and the summer he had to go to a farm with some family he didn't really know.Because his parents are drunks .The Narrator and Harris are on the farm always playing ,he gets in trouble. This is a great book check it out to find out the end .I like this book .I thought it was really funny.I think this book is v ...more
Sidney
Feb 25, 2016 Sidney rated it it was ok
Harris and Me is a fictional novel written by Gary Paulsen. I rate it 2 out of 5 stars. The setting is on a farm in the country. Some of the major characters are Harris, Clair, Glennis, Kute, Louie, and the narrator. Some of the overviews of the main plot is that the narrator went to the Larsons' because his parents didn't want him, as well as having fun with Harris. The narrator finds a spot where Louie goes and sees a little him. I really didn't like the book because it is not really in the ge ...more
Zach Kilgore
Feb 24, 2016 Zach Kilgore rated it liked it
The book Harris and Me is a fiction book written by Gary Paulsen. I give this book 3 stars. The book Harris and Me is at a farm with 2 major characters, Harris and the narrator. The narrator is living with the Larson's family because his parents are alcoholics. At first he doesn't like living with the new people, but he gets used to them. After he doesn't want to leave the farm. He has had a lot of fin with Harris even though he's got kicked around. I did and didn't like the book because it was ...more
Alize
Feb 24, 2016 Alize rated it really liked it
Harris And Me Garry Pulsen is fiction. I Give this book 4 stars. The Setting of Harris and Me is on a farm. The two mayor characters are the narrator and Harris. The over all review is the narrators parents are alcoholics and he moves with the Larson's. The narrator and the Larson's got along great, though they did some naughty stuff. They go in town not so often, but then there's this girl. Things go well until somebody shows up at the Larson's home. Read to find out what happens. I did like th ...more
J.T
Feb 23, 2016 J.T rated it really liked it
Harris and me was written by Gary Paulsen, it is a fiction,and I would rate it a 4 stars.
Harris and me is about the narrator being rejected by his parents so no one would take him in but his cousins did. He stays there doing farming such as:milking the cows and the Dino sized horses. They played on the farm messing around with animals,making games up but always getting hurt.They got over it.They had weird times ,bad times ,some funny on the farm messing with things they shouldn't.
I suggest tha
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Kevin 1
Oct 27, 2015 Kevin 1 rated it it was amazing
Gary Paulson Harris and Me

Reading harris and me by Gary Paulson turns out to be a fun time and I really enjoyed reading it. At first, I thought it is not going to be a good book because the genre its in and the little info on the back. And the title of the book is using wrong grammar! Okay, lost track, this book is about a boy went to the countryside and met a boy named harris. They had a great summer together and they all missed each other. Many thing happened in that summer and many interestin
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Sean Parker
Nov 20, 2014 Sean Parker rated it really liked it
Gary Paulsen has done it again. He created an imaginative story about a bot who is not named, who lives his life moving from relative to relative. But when he moves to a farm in a remote area of Minnesota. The story follows Harris and supposedly Gary Paulsen as the main characters. Harris is a very hyperactive nine year old who loves to make up fun adventures. Although Glennis, Harris's older sister doesn't usually like it.

Harris and Me follows Harris and Gary Paulsen as they spent the summer h
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Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read--along with his own library card--he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adve
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