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Preview — Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
Henry Huggins (Henry Huggins #1)
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
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
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 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
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
Henry Huggins was just in third grade and he always that that Kickitat Street was boring, but it was until the day he was waiting for the bus and saw a dog, and he saw that he was hungry. The bus finally came and he wanted to put his dog in there but he wasn't aloud so he looked all over for a box. When he came home he told his mom that a found a dog and he named it Ribsy. Then he bought guppies (two little fish) but they turned out to be 38 guppies he needed to separate all of them so they cou...more
"It's about a boy who finds a dog who ran away from his real owner's aunt and uncle. I like this book because it's about a boy and a dog and I wish I had a dog. My favorite part was when the two boys were fighting over the dog. I would give this book 4 stars."
We listen to these on audible on our way to school (prob 2 hours a day) and all the kids are totally following and en ...more
The life of the third grade protagonist becomes more exciting when he finds a companionable stray dog; just getting him home via public transportation proves his first challenge. The friendly mongrel is so thin that Henry dubs him "Ribsy." Soon accepted as one of the family, this dog accompanies his new master wherever possible; in fact he even causes many incidents of local mayhem and amusement. Henry deals with various crises such as lost property, guppy mania, night crawlers, th ...more
Beverly Cleary was born Beverly At ...more