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Henry Potty and the Pet Rock

Henry Potty and the Pet Rock [Kindle Edition]

Valerie Frankel
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Like reading the Harry Potter series through warped glasses. -- Vox Magazine

A laugh-out-loud, irreverent salute to our obsession with the robed pre-teen...Ms. Frankel is obviously a brilliant writer with a fantastic grasp of the Harry Potter story and its social layers -- Wild Child Publishing

I haven't laughed out loud so much since reading Bored of the Rings -- Reader's Robot, July 25, 2006

A parody like no other I've ever seen in literature: you will chuckle and laugh until your belly hurts...Silly, senseless, and totally nuts, you cannot help but enjoy the ride. -- Reader Views

Beginning with the admonishment that if your parents try to get this book hide it, Henry Potty and the Pet Rock is off to a hilarious start. And the story hasn't even started yet. It is abundantly clear that Valerie Frankel is very skilled at tickling the funny bone of every kid (and any grown up) who reads this story. I laughed from...well, page 5 where the Introduction was.

From the beginning lots of people wanted Henry Potty dead. But that didn't pan out. Instead his aunt and uncle, Mr. And Mrs. Dorky, and his cousin Dumpy raised him. He leads the life of a common household slave, until the letter begin to arrive. When Henry ignores them, Professor Bumbling Bore comes to fetch him so Henry can begin his educational career at Chickenfeet Academy in Sunny California.

Hortense the flying pig, the game of Quick Grab the Fish and a series of classroom calamities all combine to create a very interesting school year for Henry. And when Really Wimpy s pet rock runs away, the three friends form a search party to find it and prevent the rock from becoming a (gasp) doorstop.

Even with all these adventures and more, Henry and friends amazingly finish the school year. --Jan Douglas, Writers Unlimited This parody had me laughing at the most unexpected places and things! Valerie Estelle Frankel takes Henry Potty through all sorts of wild and crazy adventures (if you can call it that) and his friends are right in there with him.

Henry can't believe he's destined for greatness even if it is slow going. He even starts his own Henry Potty Official Webpage for heavens sakes. Things don't start hopping until Henry goes to Chickenfeed Academy though. There he meets Horrendous Gangrene and Really Wimpy. He picks the Heroes Dorm in the Sort-of room as the place to room and the adventure begins.

This was a fun book to read and giggle about. I really believe it is more fun to read if you are familiar with the Harry Potter books as this one really pokes fun at anything and everything! Children of all ages (including adults) will enjoy this hilarious parody! -- Kathy Boswell, Managing Editor, The Best Reviews

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Catastrophe strikes Chickenfeet Academy, and it’s not just the cafeteria food. Lord Revolting, murderous goldfish-flusher is stalking the grounds of the school with evil intent. What’s more, Really Wimpy’s pet rock has vanished. Follow Henry and his friends in an epic and pun laden quest. Unapproved, unendorsed, unofficial, and unstoppable: an award-winning parody for all Harry Potter fans out there 

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 167 KB
  • Print Length: 116 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 159594088X
  • Publisher: (6 Jan 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IAS0MI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #519,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Valerie Estelle Frankel has won a Dream Realm Award, an Indie Excellence Award, and a USA Book News National Best Book Award for her Henry Potty parodies. She's the author of many books on pop culture, including From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine's Journey in Myth and Legend, Buffy and the Heroine's Journey, Winning the Game of Thrones: The Host of Characters and their Agendas, Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in The Hunger Games, An Unexpected Parody, Teaching with Harry Potter, Harry Potter: Still Recruiting, Doctor Who and the Hero's Journey, and Doctor Who - The What, Where, and How. Once a lecturer at San Jose State University, she's a frequent speaker on fantasy, myth, and pop culture. Come explore her latest research at

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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny 24 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Bought this as a gift and has been enjoyed by several people including myself, great if you love the series
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining for all ages 11 May 2007
By Armchair Interviews - Published on
Henry Potty and the Pet Rock is an adorable unauthorized Harry Potter parody written by Valerie Estelle Frankel. Henry Potty is the baby left in an asparagus crate on the doorstep of the Dorky family, relegated to the lowly status of household slave. Though his daily duties involve catering to the whims of Dumpy Dorky and his Dorky parents, Henry is fully aware that he is destined to be the hero of the novel, and bides his time with a room filled with the various action figures, games, and merchandise that will inevitably be in demand when his heroics are recognized.

When Henry receives an acceptance letter to Chickenfeet Academy in California from Professor Bumbling Bore, the Dorkys are eager to send him on his way. With the lackluster aid of his fairy godmother, Henry boards the Chickenfeet trainer for his new life as a "gizzard." Once at school, Henry and his classmates are greeted by the large and hairy Higgle, who ushers them on to a long and boring introduction from Professor Bore, then to dorm selection by the "sorting rat" under the direction of Miss McGonk. After being bitten by the sorting rat, Henry meets his new Heroes Dorm roommates, Horrendous Gangrene, a "which," and Really Wimpy, another gizzard. While Horrendous and Really work to defeat the pungent Lord Revolting while keeping up with their school assignments, Henry will valiantly take the credit for their accomplishments.

Though intended as a children's book, Henry Potty and the Pet Rock has no discernable age limit, as the cover reveals when it states "For ages 2-222." The story flows with a corniness that will make young children giggle, dotted with random jokes to keep an adult reader's attention.

Armchair Interviews says: Even Frankel's bio at the end of the book is filled with humor.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter meets the Muppets 6 Sep 2006
By David N. Shuster - Published on
Clever light satire abound in this whimsical farce. It is a great, humorous read, complete with insightful humor appropriate for kids and still funny for adults. Highly recommended!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, inventive characters and storyline make the book fun to read. A real winner! 18 Jan 2007
By Mrs. L. J. Knox - Published on
Henry Potty and The Pet Rock is a hilarious Children's Fiction storybook based on life at 'witch school.' Henry leaves the chores and boredom of his home in England to learn magic at Chickenfeet School in California. Here, he meets others like himself, in a mission to find fun and excitement, and of course to learn magic. Henry Potty settles in nicely, and not so nicely after meeting Bumbling Bore, his boring headmaster, sinister old gizzard Lord Revolting, and all the other other witches and gizzards. Henry Potty spent the entire school time in a plot to kill Lord Revolting, who killed his goldfish, and a Pet Rock, that belonged to his friend Realy Wimpy. Courageous, full of ideas and wit, and with the help of another friend Horrendous, who is a girl, they got together to master their plot. Excitement, and adventure perpetuate throughout the story, all the time with Henry in a vigorous fight to keep his position as the main character of the book. Original, inventive characters and storyline make the book fun to read. A real winner!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 24 Nov 2007
By Avery Blackwood - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a hilarious must have book for all Harry Potter friends. I got this for my friend and she loves it since she is such a huge fan of the book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book - Must Read !!! 26 Jan 2007
By Mr. Kapil L. Surlaker - Published on
Thoroughly enjoyed the book!! A very entertaining, humorous story for adults and children alike.
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