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Summary: Horrid Henry is at it again. First, against his better judgment he decides to participate in his class reading contest. Twenty-seven books should put him over the top! Then there's the tiffs with Moody Margaret and Sour Susan and the Secret Tent Club ... which spilled over to school and forced Miss Battle-Axe (Horrid Henry's teacher) to take drastic measures! Last but not least, Henry got to have a sleepover at New Nick's house. Is Henry the most horrid of them all? This is a set of four short stories in a humor series for reluctant and transitional readers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, early reader, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 5 to 10
Reading Level: 2.9
Age of Child: Read with a 7-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: We usually start by reading these stories with our daughter. Then she wants to keep reading them to prolong light's out.
Adult Reader Reaction: Horrid Henry lives up to his name in every way. There are times when his wretched behavior results in a positive, but it is not often. Dad (who does have a sense of humor) has yet to find the "laugh-out-loud" moments that the book proclaims on the cover.
Pros: Kids who live for pranks and like to see someone get away with the things they can't will enjoy these stories. They will engage reluctant and some remedial readers.
Cons: Amazon lists the books as for ages 4 to 8. You may want to screen before reading with a tantrum-prone preschooler.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. These are well-written stories and can engage reluctant readers. Horrid Henry's behavior, however, may trump the reading value for some families.
Educational Themes: These stories are meant to engage kids in leisure reading. SEach of the stories offers plenty
Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 2.9
Literary Categories: Fiction - short stories, humor, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2009
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