Monday, December 20, 2010

Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman

Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman. Francesca Simon. Illustrated by Tony Ross. 2010. Sourcebooks. 112 pages.

Are you familiar with Horrid Henry? Have you read any of his previous adventures? Do you love or hate this little troublemaker? In Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman, readers are treated to four stories: Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman, Horrid Henry's Rainy Day, Moody Margaret's Makeover, and Horrid Henry's Author Visit. While the star of these stories is Horrid Henry, Perfect Peter and Moody Margaret get their fair share of attention as well!

Of the four stories in this Horrid Henry collection, my favorite is Horrid Henry's Author Visit. I just LOVED this one! One of Horrid Henry's favorite authors is coming to his school--his class. One of Horrid Henry's least favorite authors is coming to his brother's class. Can you guess where Horrid Henry ends up?! Why this one worked so well for me was the humor.

Milksop Miles is the author visiting Perfect Peter. He's the author of "The Happy Nappy." Here is how Horrid Henry describes it:
The Happy Nappy! Only the dumbest book ever. All those giant diapers with names like Rappy Nappy and Zappy Nappy and Tappy Nappy dancing and prancing around. And then the truly horrible Gappy Nappy, who was always wailing, "I'm leaking!" Horrid Henry shuddered. He was amazed that Milksop Miles dared to show his face after writing such a boring book. (70-1)
Turns out there's also a Happy Nappy song!

I enjoyed each of the stories in this Horrid Henry book. Here are the others in the series that I've read and reviewed:

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon. 2009. Sourcebooks. 90 pages.
Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy by Francesca Simon. 2009. Sourcebooks. 90 pages.
Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine by Francesca Simon. 2009. Sourcebooks. 88 pages.
Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb by Francesca Simon. 2009. Sourcebooks. 78 pages.
Horrid Henry's Christmas. Francesca Simon. 2006/2009. Sourcebooks. 112 pages.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

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