this is a brilliant book for young children Horrid Henry isextremely naughty and cheeky. Not a day is complete if he isn't in some sort of mischeife and trouble Horrid Henry books are perfect for children learning to read thicker books. from about 5-8 years
This book is excellent for entertaining children. In a fun way, it deals with real life issues: friend staying over, losing baby teeth etc; and typical childhood games eg the secret club. It is particularly good as there are contrasts between the extreme behaviour of Horrid Henry and that of his brother, Perfect Peter, so children have the opportunity to learn bad and good. But what makes it stand out are the chuckles that come from you, the reader, as Horrid Henry says things that sometimes you wish you could say. As a parent, I am happy to read it again and again and again.
We were introduced to Horrid Henry when a freebie cd fell out of the Sunday newspaper - I put it on more in hope than expectation and was pleasantly surprised that my grandson had gone happily quiet, completely absorbed in the reading. He could relate to the situations described so well by the writer and the delicious voice of gorgeous Miranda Robinson ('Queenie' in Blackadder) Mmm.. she winds the child around her little finger with her clever voices. We both love listening and laugh out loud at Perfect Peter, Moody Margaret, Prissy Polly, Nurse Needle. This set is very good value and could make the miles speed by on a long car journey. It had a mesmerising effect on a tired boy after school who had just been presented with his meal, it all disappeared without him really noticing as he followed the story. The stories entertain as much the next time round when you begin to know them. Now we have found him on the television but the pictures are better on the cd!
Bought this at Manchester airport to keep a 4 and 6 year old entertained in flight and at bedtime and it didnt disappoint. They are now 7 and 8 1/2 and we still listen to Henry at bedtime. Infact I listen at bedtime sometimes as my youngests reading has come on leaps and bounds and its great to hear him laughing to himself engrossed in a "good" book ! Henry is truly horrid and little boys will love him. Thankfully he has got a Perfect brother who eats vegetables and has manners and good school reports to balance it. Which brother will your son like best ????? Enjoy.
My boy loves Horrid Henry as I think he would like to do the naughty things he does but not get the telling off's that he gets. When his sister is a little moody, he does call her Moody Margaret, so just need to be careful that he reads other things as well.