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Ganbare Henrī Kun (Henry Huggins #1)

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When Henry adopts a dog, humorous adventures follow.
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published 2007 by Gakushū Kenkyūsha (first published 1950)
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May 13, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When my mom got it on CD at a book sale for our library, we got it. Then we took the train to Utah. I listened to it on the way home. The problem was that CD two was so scratched up that I had to go to CD 3. So, I had to have the Library order it for me so I could read chapters three and four. I really think that in the last chapter, Finders Keepers, was one of the most exciting of them all, where Risby, (The dog,) had to decide which boy he wanted for his master. And as I listened to the talk w ...more
Published in 1950, this book takes you back to a time when an ice cream cone cost a nickel, kids bought horse meat for their dogs at the pet store, and a third-grader could run all over Portland by himself.

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
Jan 19, 2013 Irene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elementary school aged kids
Shelves: children
I never did read any of the Henry Huggins books when I was a kid, and boy, did I miss out!

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
Jan 01, 2015 Dj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems somewhat surprising that I never read any of these books when I was growing up. It wasn't like they weren't around or anything. Still this was a part of childhood that I passed right by so it is somewhat surprising for me to be reading them now. I became interested in reading these after watching the Romna and Beezus movie which was pretty amusing. So in response to that I went and found the first book by the author and read it. I picked it up from the Library and had at it. I found the ...more
Dec 11, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers and their parents

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
Sam Kuntz
Aug 22, 2016 Sam Kuntz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry Huggins is about Henry and his dog Ribsy (Ribs for short.) Henry finds Ribsy in front of a drugstore. Henry has to take Ribs home on the bus. But to his disappointment he has to have Ribsy in a box to take him home in the bus. Henry and his “friends” are not nice to each other. This book is very enjoyable and well paced. – Sam Kuntz
May 09, 2012 Eliza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this with Theo (5) a few months ago in an optimistic beginning of reading chapter books aloud at night. I thought it might be a little "old" for him, but we both enjoyed it (I had not read it, although I've read most of her books). I have several others lined up for us (Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, The Boxcar Children, Ramona the Pest, Ralph S. Mouse), I just need to get to it and keep at it. Bedtime is so crazy. Is there a better time to read chapter books out loud together? Ida (3) lik ...more
Apr 17, 2015 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am currently working my way through a Beverly Cleary boxed set with my nearly 6-year-old boy. We moved on to Henry Huggins after finishing the motorcycle trilogy. Personally, I think Huggins is considerably better. Both Henry and Ribsy are genuinely likeable, and the scrapes they get into are both innocent, believable, and amusing. As each chapter encapsulated a complete short story, it also worked better as a read-aloud.
As an adult I enjoyed the nostalgic aspects of the book. It is set about
Feb 26, 2008 Ariana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elementary, fun
I forgot how much I loved this book. Henry Huggins brings back good memories of being a kid. Like Henry, my friends and I spent our time outside, and usually had some fun project going. Henry just seems like the kind of boy that every kid would want for a friend. He had a great dog, good business sense, and a lot of spunk. This is a great book for kids and a fun way for parents to remember the joys of being a kid.
Maureen Lubitz
Jul 09, 2016 Maureen Lubitz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on You Have Your Hands Full

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
This is NOT the right edition. I entered the the correct ISBN #, and was redirected to this edition. The edition I have in hand is a paperback edition, in quite good condition, and is illustrated by Lois Darling, whom I'm pretty sure was the original illustrator.

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
David Ward
Nov 06, 2014 David Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books, humor, fiction
Henry Huggins (Henry Huggins #1) by Beverly Cleary (Dell 1979) (Fiction - Children's) introduces the reader to a boy in the third grade in a small town where everyone knows everyone else, all the kids walk to the school on the corner, and all families have two parents with a stay-at-home mother. Henry, of course, is Everyboy in Everytown; his hometown combines the best parts of Mayberry from "The Andy Griffith Show", Lake Wobegon, "Leave It To Beaver" (except there's no Eddie Haskell), and "Brig ...more
This book details the adventures of Henry Huggins and his new-found dog, Ribsy. I re-read this book in preparation of introducing it to my five-year-old nephew. First, let me just say that I'm a sucker for tales about a boy and his dog. The characters are so likeable, and they sure get into some fun messes. I also really liked the introduction to this book (added in 2000; it wasn't in the edition I read as a kid). My only criticism is that I wish the updated version wouldn't have specified the m ...more
Mary Beth Phelps
Originally posted on bibliophyte:

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
Oct 03, 2015 Vertrees rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read almost a chapter each night. My 6 yo was engaged, and I liked the characters and the story. Her favorite was the pink dog, and her least favorite was the last story about Ribsy because it made her sad. She thought about how she would feel if it was her dog and her friend in that situation (no spoilers!). I loved that afterward she remembers the stories and put them into context.
Aug 30, 2016 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My eight year old loved this book. I know he loved it because he hardly moved while I read it to him, a sure sign he was listening intently. Each chapter is a bit of a mini story which makes it great if you want to read just a chapter or are reading other books at the same time. We are looking forward to the next in the series.
Sarah(All The Book Blog Names Are Taken)
Read this as a read aloud to my class, they loved it. The language (gee, jeepers) is funny to them but I think the simplicity is what they enjoyed when we talked about it being published in the 50s. It was a nice trip down memory lane for me also, as I loved the Beverly Cleary books when I was in elementary school.
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Interest Level Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent 4.2
Apr 19, 2011 Luann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This audio version of Beverly Cleary's first book, Henry Huggins, is fantastic! Neil Patrick Harris does a great job as the narrator. He really brought the book to life, and made me laugh out loud several times with his expressive voices for some of the minor characters. It's been so many years since I first read Henry Huggins that I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting it in audio. I also loved the introduction by Beverly Cleary and the interview with her at the end. My one complaint would be that the ...more
Oct 06, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd really like to give it 3 1/2 stars, but the system doesn't let me do that. I had read some of these as a child and then decided to go back and read some more b/c of a post I'd came across concerning Beverly Cleary. She was inspired to write when she heard someone say one day, "There aren't any books about people like us." I've always thought it would be nice to figure out a way to write about people who are regular people, to show the adventure that we have in daily life without necessarily ...more
Okay, here's the deal. I am not a audiobook person, at all. I like reading, I can do print or e-books but audiobooks are not my thing. I have tried them once or twice but the narrator usually has a voice I don't like or reads too slow for my liking.

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).
Jun 06, 2015 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kate Schwarz
Apr 21, 2015 Kate Schwarz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Henry Huggins was a good read and full of many timeless things: Henry, a clever boy who doesn't mean to be funny but he is and the dog he finds, Ribsy, a clumsy old mutt who is just the right mixture of mischievous and sweet are at the top of the list. They get into scrapes--Henry loses his friend's pricey new football, Henry gets the worst part in the school operetta, Ribsy's behavior is laughably bad at the local dog show--and use their wit and ingenuity to get out of these scraps.

The book was
Jennifer Margulis
Since my 5-year-old daughter and I have been reading the Ramona and Henry books out of order, it was a delight to re-read this one with her, the first book in Beverly Cleary's Henry Huggins series of children's novels, which was written in 1950. I had forgotten that Ribsy was named after the pitifully thin ribs he had when Henry first found him. I loved watching Henry try to wish himself out of the part of the small boy in the class play, fend off Scooter's bullying, and scrunch down in his seat ...more
Just as Henry Huggins is complaining that nothing exciting ever happens, a friendly dog sits down beside him and looks pleadingly at his ice-cream cone. From that moment on, the two are inseparable. But when Ribsy's original owner appears, trying to reclaim his dog, Henry's faced with the possibility of losing his new best friend. Has Klickitat Street seen the last of rambunctious Ribsy?

The first novel from Newbery Award-winning author Beverly Cleary.

I did not chose to read this - I didn't love
Aug 31, 2016 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It's not hard to understand why people pine for the 50's. There's a fundamental decency to every character in the stories that come from the era. Everyone is trustworthy and generous and seemingly happy all the time. That much of this vision of America is inaccurate doesn't change the appeal of the vision itself.

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
Chelsea K.
I had to read this book for work, and I went in with various no expectations, having only read Ramona Quimby occasionally and casually in elementary school.

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
Richard Ward
Feb 03, 2014 Richard Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's fun to read Beverly Cleary's first book. Written in 1949 and published in 1950, it has survived the test of time for good reason. Like an old book should, it includes many interesting details about how different life was then. A nickel to use a pay phone; horse meat for sale at the pet store; and no TV, for example!

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

Tanner Simonson
Mar 01, 2016 Tanner Simonson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry Huggins was a boy who thought nothing really very interesting ever happened to him, but in each chapter of this book he faced a number of challenges and adventures. My favorite part of the book was at the beginning when Henry found a lost dog at a corner drug store and gave a little of his ice cream to the dog because he looked really hungry. Henry decided to call the dog Ribsy because the dog looked really thin and you could see his ribs. Henry had to take the bus home, but the only way ...more
it was a fine book....I like Barbara park books.
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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)
  • Henry and Beezus (Henry, #2)
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