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Francesca Simon , Tony Ross
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Book Description

4 Sep 2008 HORRID HENRY (Book 1)
Four fabulously funny stories that will invoke every family's worst Christmas nightmares, as Horrid Henry sabotages the school play, tries to do his Christmas shopping without spending his pocket money, attempts to ambush Father Christmas, and endures Christmas dinner with the guests from hell.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842555464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842555460
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,262 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

Product Description


'Horrid Henry is as rude and awful as ever and his Christmas is full of hilarious disasters. Francesca Simon fans will love this book.' -- WARWICK BOOKS NEWSLETTER

'Horrid Henry is at it again! Four stories to make you ache with laughter... Rollicking fun.' -- CAROUSEL

'More Python-esque rollicking yarns abou the rumbustious Henry (who is, of course, just misudnerstood rather than horrid) and his annoyingly sweet sibling. Let's just say, you will be rooting for Henry.' -- BIG ISSUE IN SCOTLAND

'a new sparkling collection.' -- Emma Bromidge, THE LADY

'four fabulously funny tales... an ideal stocking filler for fans of all ages.' -- Natasha Harding, THE SUN

'he is naughtier than ever. When the school stages a nativity play he is the innkeeper, but he tells Mary and Joseph that there is room after all and ruins the play! My favourite bit is when he writes his mummy a rude poem instead of giving her a proper present.' -- Leo Taylor (Age 6), INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

'hilarious and subversive' -- Sarah Webb, IRISH INDEPENDENT

'once heard, you'll never forget the delicious mayhem of Horrid Henry's Christmas Cracker.' -- Kati Nicholl, DAILY EXPRESS

'perfect both for over-excited children and stressed-out parents, who will recognise most of th seasonal disasters caused or endured by the revoltingly selfish child.' -- Amanda Craig, THE TIMES

'the kids will love it' -- WITH KIDS

Book Description

It's a gift! Four festive stories from one horrid boy.

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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read! 6 Oct 2006
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Well, we got the book yesterday and I read the first story to my 7 year old tonight, who's a true HH fan. We both expected some great stories and we weren't to be disappointed - the first story about the Christmas Play had me in hysterics. Me, a grown adult of nearly 40 years, suddenly finding myself immersed in the humour that reminds me of Python! Without going into detail and spoiling the story, Francesca Simon sets the scene beautifully, elegantly placing all the parts of the story before you, before ripping into the mayhem in true HH style. Can't wait to read the rest of it! Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrid Henry- a Nightmare child 29 Mar 2008
We loved this Horrid Henry story in my family, especially the first chapter when HH spoils the Nativity play in order to get a bigger speaking part for himself! My seven year old son thought it was hilarious that HH said that there was room at the inn for Mary and Joseph (played by Moody Margaret and Perfect Peter). HH is every teacher's worst nightmare pupil, but you cannot help laughing at the things he does and says. We love all the Horrid Henry books and eagerly await every single one when it is released!
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5.0 out of 5 stars horrid herny 12 Dec 2007
Horrid henry books always make me chuckle and this is no exeption they are funny for adults and children alike and they use a wide range of topics. The one slight critisisum i have of it is that i find that some of the stories can be a tad repetative at times. Overall a great fun book sutable for all ages and it is garretied to make you laugh!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars henry's christmas 29 April 2009
A Kid's Review
This is one of the the best horrid henry books. Storys include:
Horrid Henry's Christmas Play.
Horrid Henry's Christmas presents
Horrid Henry's Ambush
Horrid Henry's Christmas Lunch

As usually Francesca Simon has been hilariously funny and witty. Henry has been even more naughtier this time. MUST READ BOOK!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT 10 July 2014
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it is a very interesting banana about fabulous pickles which goes round pickles hugging each other and making more pickles which eventually turn into the Chiapas fall team fall is a great sport of who can find a. bridge and jump off it first the winner gets a back-end for them to enjoy in hell
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2.0 out of 5 stars very good 5 May 2014
By Lauren
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I thought this book was very good I did not like the fact that
Henry did not get what he wanted
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5.0 out of 5 stars So joggi 21 April 2014
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Awesome lively book makes you laugh it makes you want to read it again and again . Cool cool and cool
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5.0 out of 5 stars HORRID HENRY CHRISTMAS CRACKER 20 Mar 2014
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Loved this book was my granddaughter's comment. Easy to read stories for young children and full of laughter as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great great book
In all my live i have never read a book this cool.
I have picked this rating because I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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My 9yr old son thought this book was fantastic, and read it entirely on his own over just 2 evenings! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hannah Dyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
I thought that it was a wonderful book filled with lots of fun and excitement. Simon, yet again, has created a fantastic story line for one of our favourite characters. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lucy Ward
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
It got a little bit boring because it was just yap yap this yap yap that :-|
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I will rate it 2 and a half
Published 7 months ago by By Oliver hart
5.0 out of 5 stars fun
Good product, well packaged, great read that kept the family amused. Great for a present for any children you know, will give hours of fun.
Published 7 months ago by Cynthia F Binet
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrid Henry"s
It is so cool .........
Come one you should read it and then you cane get top grade because you will be a 3 reader.
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars also a gift
given together with Horrid Henry's Perfect Parents. Iwon't know if child concerned liked it or not until New Year 2014
Published 8 months ago by P. Sowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!!! :)
I like at the end when he pours water over grandad!!!horrid henrys are always a laugh and are fun for all ages!!!
Published 8 months ago by Toby
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Tis the season to be jolly!
An excellent and hilarious story about Henry, Peter and the gang experience the amazing, wondrous, worldwide event that is Christmas.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs M J Keighley
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