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Henry and the Paper Route (Henry Huggins #4)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  4,739 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
Henry Huggins can't wait until he turns eleven years old, so he can have a paper route like his friend Scooter McCarthy. Henry wants to prove to the route manager that he is responsible enough to handle the job right now. First he thinks of giving away free kittens with newspaper subscriptions, and then his advertising scheme helps his class win the newspaper drive. But he ...more
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John Orman
Apr 03, 2014 John Orman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are the tales of Henry Huggins, paper boy at the age of 10. Sisters Beezus and Ramona show up quite a bit here too.

This book came out in 1957, when I was 8 years old. Within a few years, I can remember reading many stories such as these by beloved author and Oregon native Beverly Cleary. However, I did not get my paper route until I had reached the advanced age of 15!

"The Paper Drive" is quite a funny tale of Henry's adventure of collecting old newspapers and magazines for a school paper d
Mar 30, 2017 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, another clever Cleary tale, told from the perspective of Henry Huggins, neighbor of the famed Ramona Quimby. We listened to this on audio and it passed many a mile. At times we even laughed out loud.

(Hard to believe that paper routes are on the verge of extinction now -- I remember the boys on their bicycles and the canvas bags holding the folded newspapers, and how they'd come to the door to collect the money for subscriptions).
Oct 07, 2014 Adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The real heroes of this story, as perhaps is true for many children, are Henry’s parents. When the school has a drive for old newspapers and magazines, Henry advertises around the neighborhood and ends up succeeding beyond his own abilities. Ramona gets involved and ruins a few things. Beezus is there, sick of Ramona and trying to help Henry. And Henry’s parents heroically haul and bundle stacks of paper for days. Henry Huggins and his mother and father tie together old newspapers and magazines, ...more
Feb 02, 2013 Irene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elementary school aged kids
Shelves: children
This installment of the Henry Huggins series does not disappoint! As soon as I read the final sentence and closed the book, Isabelle shouted, "Five stars!"

In this book, Henry shows compassion, initiative, drive, and determination. He sees four adorable kittens and goes to great lengths to keep them from being sent to the pound. He wants a paper route, and by golly, he will convince Mr. Capper that he is responsible enough to have one! His school has a paper drive, and - inspired by an off-hand
This was another interesting book in the Henry canon. I always liked how determined Henry was to reach his goals, no matter the obstacles. Like most of the Cleary books written in the 1950's, it's interesting to see some dated references such as the terminology (like "mechanical man" for robot). I got a kick out of the references to the Bugs Bunny cartoons that Henry saw in the theater (being an animation fan, I was able to guess a couple of the ones that Henry saw based on a the descriptions). ...more
Nov 08, 2013 Leto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry tries and really wishes to have a paper route like one of his meanest friends Scooter, but for short Henry calls him Scoot. Henry has to borrow Scooter's route twice because one time Scooter has the chicken pox and the second time he wants to go to the Y, which means he wants to take a swim somewhere.

I liked this story because Ribsy his dog always tries to follow Henry on his bike, but just by his side though.

[review by a 7 year old, typed by his mom]
May 05, 2014 Dayna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homeschool-kids
A charming look back at a simpler time when kids were free to be curious young people. A fun look at a determined little boy who won't give up on his dream and the quirks of life in a suburban neighborhood.
Julia Southwick
As a kid, these were some of my absolute favorite books! I personally preferred Henry to Ramona and Beezus, but I love that they're neighbors and are featured in each others' stories. I am definitely going to get my kids to read all of Beverly Cleary's books.
Jan 24, 2008 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Henry grows responsible and takes on a paper route...and something in him dies just a tad bit.
Wally: it was really good. (Why?) it just was really good. I liked that Ramona said "clank clank." The book was about getting a paper route.
Lisbeth Solberg
Remember when boys had paper routes? Once upon a time when children rode bikes and pulled wagons, when people still subscribed to newspapers? This story holds up despite a tinge of quaintness. I still love the illustrations, and of course, Ramona is a scene-stealer, as always.
Meredith Pocius
Feb 25, 2017 Meredith Pocius rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Maureen Lubitz
Aug 21, 2016 Maureen Lubitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on You Have Your Hands Full

My girls and I have been listening to a lot of audiobooks this summer. We made our way through most of Beverly Cleary’s Henry Huggins series. Neil Patrick Harris really brings the books to life, and made the stories even funnier.

Henry and the Paper Route is the fourth book in the series. As the title suggests, Henry‘s main focus is getting a paper route of his very own. This is something that Henry has wanted for most of the series, and he has even h
Devon Flaherty
The Henry Huggins series of books by Beverly Cleary. They are, in chronological order, Henry Huggins (1950), Henry and Beezus (1952), Henry and Ribsy (1954), Henry and the Paper Route (1957), Henry and the Clubhouse (1962), and Ribsy. The Henry Huggins series contains the Ribsy series and meshes with the Ramona series.

For our second--and the second largest--character series by Cleary, we moved from Ramona to Henry and his beloved dog, Ribsy. The first scene introduces Ribsy and he appears in all
Michelle Isenhoff
Nov 12, 2011 Michelle Isenhoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My boys absolutely love Henry Huggins. These books may be over fifty years old, but the world of Klickitat Street still rings true. Families still have dogs. Little sisters are still pests. Neighbor kids still have squabbles. And boys still have dreams.

Henry and the Paper Route, ten-year-old Henry Huggins dreams of having a paper route of his very own. He fancies himself a true businessman, and he wouldn’t mind a little extra money to string up a telephone line between his room and that of his b
Dec 21, 2015 LobsterQuadrille rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Beverly Cleary, nostalgic liturature

As much as I love Beverly Cleary, I've never felt as much of an affinity with the Henry Huggins books as I did with the Ramona books. To me, Henry isn't as relatable or interesting to read about, though I must say he's still a believable and rather endearing character. Henry and the Paper Route was a cute and entertaining story about our titular character's attempts to get a job as a paper boy and the situations it gets him into(having to find homes for four kittens, accumulating huge amounts
Oct 21, 2013 Charity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
I've been thinking a lot about newspaper carriers since my kids and I started reading the Henry Huggins series. I see the one in our neighborhood every morning when I take my walk. He drives a green Subaru and zigzags across the street tossing newspapers into driveways. My brother was a paper boy for a while, delivering his papers on foot for a brief time before my mom just gave up and delivered them herself from our station wagon. I wonder, is there any place in the United States where kids sti ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Good old Henry Huggins wants a paper route but isn't quite old enough. Instead he ends up with a new kitten, names her Nosy, and thereby upsets good old Ribsy.

After another adventure with paper, known as a paper drive, in which Henry's clever advertising method succeeds way beyond his wildest dreams, bad girl Ramona's bad ideas help Henry finally get his route.

I will never forget the summer my sons had a paper route. I worked long hours that summer, including weekends. So the boys often spent we
Danny Bergman
Dec 15, 2016 Danny Bergman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner from the amazing Beverly Cleary. This time Henry Huggins does whatever it takes to get a paper route, which includes selling kittens door-to-door and outwitting a robot-making neighbor. Plenty of lessons learned through the misadventures of Henry, his dog Ribsy, and their friends.

Chapters are longer (~20 pages) compared to newer middle grade level books; but each episode tells a single story, building toward the bigger narrative and payoff.

If you've read only the "Beezus and Ram
Katie Jackson
Henry is only 10 but wants a job of being a paper boy but Mr. Capper doesn't hire until someone is 11. Henry does whatever he can to prove he is well qualified; he tries to give away kittens as a bonus when he sells newspaper subscriptions, he also totes around old magazines for the school paper drive. Henry still isn't allowed to have the job until he is 11. A new kid shows up, Murph. Murph takes over Scooter's old paper route which Henry wanted. Murph gave the paper route to Henry because he c ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Another cute book from Beverly Cleary, and another children's book off my shelf and ready to be donated. Ramona and Beezus are in this one, and again I would be so tempted to slap the bratty Ramona across the room. Henry is cute with the kittens and the paper project - perhaps he does actually have a job in advertising waiting for him in the future. I doubt kids are this determined in real life, although there may actually be those motivated go-getters out there. The story takes a little while t ...more
Jun 08, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite book of the series. We listened to Neal Patrick Harris's performance and enjoyed every moment.

Henry gathers newspapers for a paper drive, attempts to get a job as a paperboy - while concealing four kittens inside his jacket, and meets the new boy on the street who is building a robot. Ramona is in this book as well, exasperating Henry wherever she shows up but also giving help when least expected. Neal Patrick Harris's performances of the various voices her is particularly w
Nov 02, 2014 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I wasn't as in the mood for these books as I was when I picked up the first three books in the series a few weeks ago, but this book, while still enjoyable, was a little more up and down than the others. Henry finding the kittens at the rummage sale, taking them to his "job interview" and then bringing them home had me laughing and smiling throughout. But I found Ramona to be a much bigger brat in this one, and wondering why poor Beezus was always responsible for her. In my dark, angsty, a ...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

Henry Huggins can't wait until he turns eleven years old, so he can have a paper route like his friend Scooter McCarthy. Henry wants to prove to the route manager that he is responsible enough to handle the job right now. First he thinks of giving away free kittens with newspaper subscriptions, and then his advertising scheme helps his class win the newspaper drive. But he still doesn't have a paper route. Will Ramona Quimby, making a real pest of herself, help Henry get the job he wants so much

Jordan Coffman
I chose this book for my second Realistic Fiction book because I enjoy the author Beverly Cleary. She does a great job on making real life situations fun and enjoyable to read. The grade level is 2nd - 6th but all ages would enjoy. The curriculum would be social skills and could also tie in with time management and responsibility. I do not feel like there are any concerns when it comes to this book. Henry Higgins only wants one thing and the is his very own paper route. Henry thinks of so many w ...more
Cathy Cramer
I read this after my child, because I had found so many serious topics to discuss with her in "Ramona and her Father." But I think I could've safely skipped this one if I am worried about topics. It had humor and dedication in it. Maybe I could talk with her about Henry's dedication to his work. It still was a good, simple, refreshing read, without all the violence and issues of grown-up literature. I'm beginning to see why, when I was growing up, that my mom liked to read my books, and books I ...more
Julie Decker
Henry really wants to be a paperboy but the folks in charge say he's too young. He has a number of adventures around the neighborhood--most notably, finding homes for tiny kittens!--while observing the paper routes and increasing his determination to get one of his very own. His life intersects a few other characters we love from Cleary's other works.

While I enjoyed Henry, I felt he wasn't quite as vivid as Ramona and Beezus, though that may have just been an intentional writing choice or a lack
Mr. Coomey teacher
Sep 18, 2013 Mr. Coomey teacher is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mercedes
i barely started this book and Henry wants to do something different and that has meaning and he talked to a 7th grade paper boy and theres an open paper route. So after the long paper talk he puts on a jacket and combs his hair and go's to Mr.cappers house to get the paper route Mr.capper is in charge of paper boys. He had to be eleven but Henry thought Mr.capper wouldn't notice that he was only ten!
There is an element of nostalgia associated with this book that did not exist when Ms. Cleary wrote it in 1985. Henry Huggin's world of land lines, no-chicken-pox vaccine, paper routes, rummage sales, and a school paper drive, were unintentionally educational in their "historic" value. The appeal of life on Klickitat street holds as much draw now as it did when this reader was in the 4th grade MANY years ago.
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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)
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