Henry is just an average kid with a tendency to get himself into interesting situations. He finds a skinny mutt and, after checking with his mom, brings him home on the city bus. Chaos ensues. He buys two guppies at the pet shop and ends up with a bedroom full of canning jars filled with gupp ...more
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
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
As an adult I enjoyed the nostalgic aspects of the book. It is set about ...more
A couple of years ago, Audible had a great sale on children’s audiobooks. I ended up getting most of Beverly Cleary’s books for about $4 apiece. I’ve been reading the Ramona books with my seven-year-old twins, so we’ve decided to listen to the Henry Huggins books when we drive around town.
Beverly Cleary might be best known for her Ramona series, but she wrote the Henry Huggins books almost twenty years before Ramona’s first book. The girls were excit ...more
The children's life in this story is realistic. What has changed? For one thing, traffic's gotten a lot worse. People travel much too much, at too high speed, nowadays. The dangers that people fear for children are often overblown. But t ...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
But then I stumbled onto this reccomendation list of kids audiobooks and it said Neil Patrick Harris narrated the Henry Huggins books. I really like NPH and and while I grew up with and adored Ramona, I had never read the Henry books (I know, I know). ...more
The book was ...more
The first novel from Newbery Award-winning author Beverly Cleary.
I did not chose to read this - I didn't love ...more
Henry's adventures nearly always turn out to be chockablock full of the sort of silly antics that actual children get up to and there's no doubting that Ms. Cleary has always had a keen ...more
Henry Huggins is an ordinary elementary schooler who finds a stray dog one day and names him Ribsy. From there on, Henry and Ribsy get up to all sorts of shenanigans, and you also get to know the other kids in Henry's neighborhood (including Ramona and Beezus). the writing was charming, as one would expect of Beverly Cleary. Some of the lingo ...more
One of the surprises for me was finding that the book includes appearance by sisters Ramona and Beezus. All the background characters are well done. But the stars of the show ar...more
Beverly Cleary was born Beverly At ...more