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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (5 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184255042X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842550427
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Francesca Simon was born in the United States and attended both Yale and Oxford universities. For ten years she worked as a freelance journalist. She now writes full-time and has had many books published including the best-selling Horrid Henry series and many picture books. Francesca is constantly in demand at bookshops, schools and book festivals all over the country where she talks to children about her books. She lives in North London with her family.

Horrid Henry books and audio have sold over 15 million copies in the UK alone and CITV have made a hugely popular cartoon series based on the nation's favourite naughty boy. 2008 saw a Horrid Henry exhibition at Seven Stories, Newcastle called Up To Mischief With Horrid Henry.

Horrid Henry Robs the Bank was shortlisted for the Children's Book of the Year award at the 2009 British Book Awards, the third consecutive year of nomination, following a win in 2008.

Francesca Simon is the third most borrowed children's author from UK libraries and Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend was the most borrowed children's title in 2009!

Francesca Simon on Francesca Simon:

"I've always seen my Horrid Henry books as westerns for kids. Henry is an outlaw, who behaves dreadfully, yet often triumphs. Just as adults like reading about people on the edge, so kids get a thrill from a child who always acts on impulse and never worries about the consequences.

I got the idea for the books when a friend asked me to write a book about a horrid child. Horrid Henry was born on the spot. I immediately saw a truculent little boy, the despair of his well-meaning liberal parents. I was also interested in exploring sibling rivalry, which I know something about as the eldest of four, and families where the parents decide that one child is 'good' and the other 'bad', which is how Perfect Peter came about. Soon Henry took on a vigorous life of his own, aided by the bossy madam next door Moody Margaret, who is an amalgam of myself and how I imagine Margaret Thatcher might have been as a child.

I started writing children's books in 1989 after the birth of my son, Josh. Suddenly all I was reading was books for children, and I started, to my surprise, to get ideas. One day we'd been reading lots of animal noises books, and he asked me what noise a caterpillar made. I thought 'wouldn't it be great to do an animal noise voice of all the unusual animals kids see in books?' That became my first book - But What Does the Hippopotamus say?"

Here are the Horrid Henry books in order of publication:

Horrid Henry
Horrid Henry and the Secret Club
Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy
Horrid Henry's Nits
Horrid Henry Gets Rich Quick
Horrid Henry's Haunted House
Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse
Horrid Henry's Revenge
Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter
Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb
Horrid Henry's Underpants
Horrid Henry Meets the Queen
Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine
Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend
Horrid Henry's Christmas Cracker
Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman
Horrid Henry Robs the Bank
Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead
Horrid Henry Rocks (coming Sept 10)

Here are the joke books:

Horrid Henry's Joke Book
Horrid Henry's Jolly Joke Book
Horrid Henry's Mighty Joke Book
Horrid Henry Versus Moody Margaret
Horrid Henry's Hilariously Horrid Joke Book
Moody Margaret Strikes Back

The Early Reader Books:

Don't Be Horrid Henry
Horrid Henry's Birthday Party
Horrid Henry's Holiday
Horrid Henry's Underpants
Horrid Henry Gets Rich Quick
Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend
Horrid Henry's Nits
Horrid Henry and Moody Margaret

Colour Books:

Horrid Henry's Big Bad Book
Horrid Henry's Wicked Ways
Horrid Henry's Evil Enemies
Horrid Henry Rules the World
Horrid Henry's House of Horrors
Horrid Henry's Dreadful Deeds
Horrid Henry Shows Who's Boss (coming 7th October 2010)

Book & DVD packs

Horrid Henry tricks the tooth fairy
Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine

Activity Books:

Horrid Henry's Brainbusters
Horrid Henry's Headscratchers
Horrid Henry's Mindbenders
Horrid Henry's Colouring Book
Horrid Henry's Puzzle Book
Horrid Henry's Sticker Book
Horrid Henry's Mad Mazes
Horrid Henry's Wicked Wordsearches
Horrid Henry's Classroom Chaos
Horrid Henry's Holiday Havoc
Horrid Henry Runs Riot
Horrid Henry's Bumper Fun
Horrid Henry's Crazy Crosswords

Gift Packs:

Horrid Henry's Football Kit
Horrid Henry's Horrid Holidays
Horrid Henry's Christmas Present

Coming soon...

Horrid Henry's Annual 2011 - 5th August 2010
How to survive Christmas Chaos with Horrid Henry - 4th November 2010
Horrid Henry's Utterly Wicked Factbook: Bodies - F
eb 2011

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You can't go wrong with Horrid Henry, the revolting little boy who has wooed and won stern hearts with his dirty knees, falling-down socks and absolute determination to be in the middle of everything. A Helping of Horrid Henry combines three of the very best Henry-wreaks-havoc tales in one chunky helping, making it the ideal book for long journeys and school holidays: even the most reluctant reader will find Henry hard to resist. It's ideal for ages 5-8. --Susan Harrison

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Bumper collection of three books in a top-selling series about an awesomely naughty child.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By dfrost@uclan.ac.uk on 17 July 2001
Format: Paperback
Anyone who has chidren between the ages of 5-8 will love 'A Helping of Horrid Henry'. This compilation is an absolute bargain with three fantastic books in one. Each section contains four hilariously funny stories that relate to the everyday experiences of young school aged children.The stories cover themes like 'ghosts, school trips, getting rich and nits' to name just a few. Each story has a set of characters (like Sour Susan and Greedy Graham)that provides the context within which Horrid Henry gets up to no good. Unlike 'Perfect Peter' (Henry's brother), who likes 'nature, stamp collecting and healthy food' Horrid Henry is devious and naughty, but in an unbelievably funny way. I have a seven year old daughter who really enjoyed the stories in this volume and is in the process of collecting more. Francesca Simon has a great talent for conveying the experiences and aspirations of children in a manner that hooks them in and leaves them wanting more. 'A Helping of Horrid Henry' provides a more contemporary approach to those looking for an alternative or change from more traditional children's books like Enid Blyton's 'Famous Five'. The apppeal and strength of this book is its contemporary relevance in an extremely funny context that children of this age group can relate to.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Craig HALL OF FAME on 20 Aug. 2001
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This has to be the best, and best-value book for children between 5-8 around. Combining three books in one, its various short stories perfectly convey Horrid Henry's struggles and triumphs at school and home when confronted with a succession of everyday experiences - getting nits, going on a school trip, having snobbish relations to stay at Christmas - plus one or two less usual ones such as going on a kids' TV show. My children read and re-read these, and we all still laugh. He is the funniest anti-hero ever. Oh, and we also recommend 'Helping Hercules', just as funny, about a modern girl-brat coming to the aid of various mythical Greek heroes.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Hall on 13 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
I have tried out the Horrid Henry books with groups of children as a babysitter, and as a teacher. Children love to either hear them read aloud, or to read them themselves. The books are spot on for the 5-8 age range, and are fun for the adults who share them too. You can read the Horrid Henry books in any order; they will all prove a smash hit. Funny and clever: they will appeal to children who like, or will go on to like Roald Dahl (although the humour isn't quite as rude as Dahl can be!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jayne Elliott on 25 April 2004
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My 8 year iold read this book cover to cover without being prompted (orcajoled) He also recognised himself in some of the scenarios! A fun,harmless book for kids.
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By Fred on 7 Nov. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Great book to read with a family, friend or just on your own (better with family or friend) recommend it for anyone not just kids.
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By Ella on 30 Oct. 2013
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BECAUSE THERE IS LOTS OF STORIES AND VERY GOOD TO READ ITS SO GOOD I LOVE IT !!!!!!!! ######### LOVE
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