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Ages 7-10 years
From Barnes & Noble -You Won't Believe What Horrid Henry Will Do Next! Henry knows that a class sleepover at a museum can only be on thing—boring!! So he's invited a few party crashers to liven things up...Zombie Vampires! Plus three other stories that will leave you screaming for more!
"Kids will love reading the laugh—out—loud stories about someoen whose behavior is even worse than their own."—School Library Journal
Henry is quite horrid indeed. He is a conniving, dishonest, bitter little boy who resents his younger brother, Perfect Peter, and is always getting himself into trouble. The consequences of his behavior are not always what he expects, which makes for fun surprises for the readers. I will say, however, that while the stories are funny and the writing clever, I felt a little uncomfortable reading them to my son. Horrid Henry is not the sort of boy I would like my son to imitate. I couldn't help but wonder if reading about Henry's antics I'd be giving my son the wrong impression that these behaviors (such as tricking his brother out of his money and Halloween candy, and getting his school's chef fired) are acceptable. I've always been a fan of the Horrible Harry chapter book series, and Horrid Henry is very similar. I will admit my 5-year-old son did enjoy the stories and chuckled from time to time.This one is a tough call for me. The book is well-written and humorous. The Horrid Henry series is quite popular with kids in the UK and here in the US. I suppose it may not be any worse than laughing at books like Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, both series I really love. So my final verdict is a solid four stars, an enjoyable read that just needs a touch of caution when it comes to teaching our kids about the appropriate way to treat others.