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Pamplinas: (Henry P.)

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Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith have created the ultimate alien with Henry P. Baloney. Trying to avoid Permanent Lifelong Detention for yet another tardy arrival, Henry proceeds to tell a rather detailed and dynamic story about a trusty pencil, a wayward truck, and a fickle flock of Astro guys.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Grupo Editorial Norma (first published 2001)
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Jon Scieszka does not disspoint in his charming tale, Baloney (Henry P) written for 1st to 3rd grade readers. Henry P is an other-worldly being who has to explain to his teacher why he is late for school. In the same vain as any excuse story, Henry spins quite a tale that took him from his planet, onto a razzo he could not stop, to a battle with a sighing flosser and a battle with a kuningas. If the words just used are unknown, that is just what Scieszka intended. At first, I found the use of tw...more
NSAndrew Liebergen
Oh what fun this book was!!!!!!!!!!

Love it! Funnnnnny!

Our young green-faced alien, Henry P. Baloney, arrives late at school once too often. His teacher, Miss Bugscuffle, wants to know the reason why. Henry embarks on a creative excuse, and naturally as an alien, he continues to use "alien" words (for translations of them see Decoder at the back of the book). "I would have been exactly on time," said Henry, "But. . . I misplaced my trusty zimulis. Then I. . . um. . . found it on my deski." Someho...more
Christine Jensen
Approximate Interest Level/Reading Level: Early to Mid Elementary

Format: Picture Book

Awards: Notable Books of the English Language Arts (2002)

Henry P. Baloney, young space alien, needs to invent a really good excuse for being late for school before his teacher gives him a permanent life long detention. Luckily, Henry is extremely creative and has a life-saving imagination! In this comedic science fiction tale, words like szkola (for school), piksa (for picture), and zimulis (for pencil) seem l...more
I did not like this book at all, in any way, shape, or form.

As ideas go, attempting to introduce children to other languages is stellar but not practical when the author stuffs a bunch of random foreign words down a child's throat without an explanation. We grabbed this book thinking it would be a fun alien story but boy, were we ever wrong. The author randomly included other languages through out the text and this made the book extremely difficult to read aloud, not to mention I did not know wh...more
I really wish the rationale and decoder were at the beginning of the book but that said it was a very interesting book. Henry P Baloney is exactly as he is pictured on the cover, a green alien from another planet. After being late to school for the umpteenth time, he must explain to his teacher why he is late and it had better be a good explanation. As Henry P is relating his tale, he uses what are unfamiliar and somewhat familiar words to describe his ordeal. The fun of the story is trying to f...more
This is a fantastic story about an alien who is late for school. Not only is it humorous story with eye catching illustrations, it's a perfect story for teachers to use when introducing or teaching context clues. Interspersed throughout the book are words from different languages (which on a first read you might think are made up alien words). As you read the pages to the class, the students get a kick out of using context clues and guessing what the unknown words might mean. At the end, there i...more
(NS) - Heather Hayman
In this silly and bizarre story about an alien by the name of Henry P. Baloney, he is late for class and faces lifelong detention from Miss Bugscuffle. While he masterminds quite an excuse to explain why he wasn't on time, it is told in a combination of many Earth languages. Children will all be able to relate to this familiar tale and enjoy reading such words as 'zimulus' and 'deski'. Illustrations add to the story in trying to decipher what certain words mean in this wild tale filled with plen...more
Baloney is seven minutes late for class and has to explain to his teacher Miss Bugscuffle what happened. He tells an exciting tale of taking off in a rocket and landing on another planet. I love hiw the words of the story were part of the illustrations. I also loved the decoder at the end that explains all of the different languages used to tell the story. Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith have an amazing imagination and it shows in the way this story was put together. This is a short picture book and...more
I love children's books because they're so creative. But every once in awhile a book crosses the too-much-weirdness threshold, and this one did it for me.

An alien makes up a story for his teacher to explain why he was late. The thing I found the most annoying was that words in other languages were substituted everywhere, which made it a bear to read out loud.

On the bright side, my son loves aliens and he did make it through this book. We liked the pictures.
The idea of replacing English words throughout the story with words from many other languages is interesting but makes it impossible to read out loud to children. This was a library book and we only read it once compaired to the DOZENS of times we read most library books. My kids passed right over it each time I asked them to grab a book and I was quite grateful that I wouldn't have to stumble through it again.
Cheryl in CC NV
Not really a perfect fit with my taste, but bold, funny, and with a terrific surprise ending. My library's edition has a shiny silver cover which is better. I tell you what, sometimes I think Jon & Lane sniff glue or something, but then I remember that it is possible to get this high on life if you just give yourself permission!
Laura Noto
Baloney is a picture book for 2nd to 5th grade readers. It is about an alien named Henry P. Baloney who is late to class. If he doesn’t give a good excuse to his teacher then he will have lifelong detention. The book shows his elaborate excuse about why he was late. The story follows him through an adventure the starts with him misplacing his zimulis (pencil), going on a sighing flosser (flying saucer), and becoming kuningas (king) of another planet. The whole book features words that make no se...more
"Baloney" is a cute book that incorporates a lot of different ideas into one.

For kids: This book is something they would probably enjoy because they can both relate to it, as well as enjoy it as entertainment. Henry gets one chance to tell his teacher his excuse for being late, where he goes off into a wild story that hardly seems reasonable. However, he gets off the hook when he finds out the day's assignment is to compose a tall tale.

For adults: This book is a good reminder of how children fee...more
“Baloney (Henry P.)” is one of Jon Scieszka’s and Lane Smith’s most recent books for children and it takes place in the 21st century. This book is about an alien boy named Henry P. Baloney who came to school late and he starts coming up with a big story about how he was late to school when he ended up in a rocket ship and went out on adventures in outer space. This book may not be Jon Scieszka’s and Lane Smith’s best book, but it does provide a creative use for foreign language.

Jon Scieszka’s w...more
Henry P. Baloney is an alien who has been late to school too often. His teacher tells him that unless he come up with a good excuse, he is going to have life-long detention. Boy, does he come up with an excuse. He was taken to another planet and entertained the locals with pictures drawn in the stars and even becomes king for a while. Eventually, he does make it back to school, remarkably only 7 minutes late. He ended up coming up with a very fantastic alien tall tale, which happens to be the as...more
Ch_robyn Schaefer
Although I know “not to judge a book by it’s cover,” in children’s books one can usually make some accurate predictions from its packaging. From Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, I knew Baloney would be atypical, but this one was even more eccentric than I expected. Baloney is an alien who is late for school. He must have one good excuse, admonishes his teacher. So Baloney proceeds to make up a far-fetched account of his morning events, even for an alien. Hence, “Baloney.”

The catch is, the little ex...more
Michele Farmer
Henry is obviously an amazing storyteller. He is facing permanent detention if he cannot explain away his late arrival to school. According to the adorable little green alien, the whole thing could have been avoided if only he hadn't lost his "zimulus"! He tells his rather stern alien teacher that he had taken a rocket to another planet, been crowned king and quickly dethroned, then sent home on a self-destruction mission. He saved the school and himself because, thankfully, it was tall tale day...more
Edward Lee
The second book involving both Scieszka and Smith, Baloney Henry P. was a somewhat ambitious effort for a children's writer. The main character, an alien named Baloney, Henry P. spoke an “alien” language (which was really a collection of 20 different earth language). This book had a very fun little tool given for the reader as well, a decoder, to help decipher the strange words the alien spoke so that the reader can finally understand what Baloney, Henry P. was saying!
My son is not quite five. He is not in elementary school. He is not even in Kindergarten. He loves this book about "the green alien with big ears". Go figure. Actually, that may not be too surprising since I bought this book in 2001, long before my not-quite-five-year-old son was born. He must have inherited my sense of humor.

This book is a challenge to read out loud because some words are in a different language, some are transpositions, and some are Spoonerism. That challenge actually adds to...more
This children’s book is extremely creative, not only is the word choice different, but the pictures are entertaining and full of action. The story begins when Henry P. Baloney has to explain to his teacher why he was late to class that day; Baloney explains to the teacher that he had to go through many adventures that morning in order to be able to get to school. He had to battle aliens from the plant Astrosus, accidentally sent himself to that planet, lost his pencil in the process, and tried t...more
Adriana Mendoza
This picture book caught my attention, because my third grade teacher Ms. Nelson would always yell BALONEY!!!!!! if she thought that your excuse was complete nonsense. As soon, as I opened the book the storyline shows a small alien school child arriving to school late. His last name happens to be Baloney. He goes into giving his excuse and his story is just nonsense. What I really found interesting is that the author used different languages and letter and sound manipulation to create new vocabu...more
Marcy Morgan
Written by Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by Lane Smith
2001 Scholastic
ISBN 0-439-57818-3
Genre: Picture book
Grade level: 1-3
Awards: Red Clover Winner 2003

This fictitious picture book is the story of Henry P. Baloney who is late for school once again. He tells a fantastical tale to his teacher to explain his tardiness. You will love Henry's facial expressions! Woven throughout the story are words like razzo (Italian for rocket) and zimulis (Latvian for pencil) from other languages including Latin,...more
Janine Abraham
This is a cute story about an out of space creature who is constantly late for school. His teacher threatens to give him detention unless he has a good excuse. Needless to say he creates a bewildering, exaggerated excuse that is entertaining and hilarious. This book is really cute and gives kids a good laugh.
This book starts off with the main character, Henry P, late to "school". He is explaining to the teacher why he was late to school using random words that we can decode by using pictures and context clues. In the back of the book, it gives you a decoding page that explain what each of these made up word means. I think this will be a fun book for kindergarten/pre-school students to read. They love hearing nonsense words and it'll be enjoyable for them to try and figure out what each of the these...more
This book was adorable and the illustrations made it even better. I loved the little puzzle at the end. Also, loved how it introduces children to the concept of foreign language with the words woven into a very cute story.
Henry P. Baloney is late for school again and Miss Bugscuffle is demanding a "believable" excuse or Henry will face Permanent Lifelong Detention. Henry's "believable" excuse begins with him losing his zimulis which takes him on a very exciting trip to the Planet Astrosus and back-- all during the seven minutes he was late for school. Is Henry's story believable enough to escape punishment?

Baloney (Henry P.) by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith is a fun story that includes the use of words from languag...more
Jenny Young
Grades 2-4

science fiction

extraterrestrials; multicultural languages; imagination

The illustrations look like they are created using mixed media.

Personal response:
While reading the book, I was thinking this book isn't that great. I wasn't sure where the story was going. I thought some of the difficult words were made-up words but after reaching the end and seeing the glossary, I realized they are real words just from different languages.

Curricular or programming...more
Giant, Bold words fly accroos the pages of this sci fi story for kids. An alien is late to school and tells the teacher some tall tales about why he is late. The tales are filled with extra-terrestrial events and made up words but reflect similar stories told by human children.

It might be fun for older elementary students to work on guessing what the made up words mean in English or to make a Martian-English dictionary (even the verso is in partial Martian). But, younger kids or ELL students ma...more
I loved this story. The concept and plot were familiar, but interesting and new. The illustrations were very interesting and felt as fast paced as the story. Sometimes I felt the text was lost in the pictures, but I don't know if that is really a positive or a negative. The addition of different language is interesting and I think students would really like to use these words. I liked that the main character was an alien because it makes him more accessible to boys and girls.

I would use this bo...more
Very very clever. I love almost everything Jon Scieszka does, so this should come as no surprise. Definitely recommended for little space-nuts and tall-tale-tellers.
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