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

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  3,071 ratings  ·  485 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
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
Veron!ca
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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Adrian C.
"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
I liked the book but it was slow in some parts
Celia
“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
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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Matthew
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
Laura
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
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
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
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
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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Caitlyn Evans
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Student Shaun
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
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
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
Sean Parker
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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Florea
From the first book I read written by Gary Paulsen I've always enjoyed his writing style. Harris and Me is no different. Harris and Me follows the stories of two cousins having the time of their lives one summer in his eleventh year.
A young boy from the city is sent to live with his relatives because of an unhappy home life. He now has to spent the summer on a farm in the county with his cousin Harris. He not only has to learn how to do things on the farm but he learns from his cousin Harri
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Andressa
An eleven-year old boy has been tossed between homes, avoiding his drunk parents and trying to find a place that he fits. One summer, the deputy drives him out into the country to stay with his supposed second cousins for the summer. This is where he meets Harris, who seems a terror but soon becomes his best playmate. He learns how to work hard and play hard on a farm, all the while subtly becoming a part of the Westerson family.

I don't think I'm quite the right audience for this book, so I coul
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Jim Erekson
I'm reading this the same time I'm reading Hatchet out loud to the family. I should have picked this one for read-aloud! The nostalgia of farm life is well-laced with manure, chores, cuts and bruises. Watching the two boys get into trouble chapter after chapter was like repeated dips into the Foolish section of Stith Thompson's folk motif chapter on the Wise and the Foolish.

The episodes would have felt completely folk-tale-ish if they hadn't reminded me so much of the dumb stuff my cousins and
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Sean Lynch
Everything's going be different for the 11 year old city boy who was sent to live with his aunt and uncle on their farm for the summer. He isn't used to anything that goes on around the farm, and when he meets his cousin Harris, things get even more different. Harris gets into all of the trouble he can handle including pig wrestling and many other adventures. The two's personality's clash making it exciting and unpredictable.

I really enjoyed this book. Gary Paulsen did a very good job of writing
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Monica
I enjoyed this book but there is one thing that bothered me.... We do not know a name for "me". "Me" is the main character and narrator.

Other than that ONE thing, I really liked the adventures throughout the book, you could feel them going on with the vivid descriptions. You could actually picture what was happening throughout the book. A 1950's city-boy is sent to live with distant relatives he barely knows. Not only does he not know who they are, but he is being sent way out into the country,
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Emily Lisin
description: This book had a few themes in it like growing up and taking responsibility for ones actions, but most importantly this book is one filled with humor. It's a true story about Gary Paulsens childhood one summer and a recollection of some crazy memories.

why its meaningful to me: It has been years since i read this book, and yet the story has stayed with me all this time. I think the reason I love and remember this book is because it was truly the first glimpse of raunchy, teenage beha
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19nolanr
This book is a great combination of humor and adventure. It's about a boy who leaves home in the summer to go to his relative's farm. there, he meets his aunts and uncles and cousins. His cousin Harris is the strangest person he has ever met. From poking straws up a few frogs' rear ends, to swinging from a rooftop to the ground like Tarzan, he is extremely crazy. During his first night, the boy walks behind a cow named Vivian. Vivian kicked the boy twice, once in the groin and once on the head. ...more
Frances
I love Paulsen's versatility. A hilarious book that had me laughing out loud most of th way through, but very touching, too. Harris is an unforgettable character-- I'm still laughing at him riding his bike with the motor attached so fast that he loses his pants. So good!
Dianna Caley
I loved this. I read it straight through. I couldn't wait to see what Harris would do next. I'm definitely reading it with the girls. They will love it.
Penny
I've actually read this about 20 times - pretty much every year out loud to all of my classes! Wonderful wonderful book:)
Jon Earsom
A good book if you want a fun and funny time while reading. Not much drama knowing the main characters back story is very sad. Also the author didn't give a name to the main character. Which I didn't like very much, but it is something different which is a little cool. Most of this story is just two boys trying to have a good time while staying on a farm. If you like long books with drama and other things this might not be the best book for you. If you are not much of a reader or just a book you ...more
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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.

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