Horrid Henry (Paperback)

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Horrid Henry (Paperback)

By Francesca Simon, Tony Ross (Illustrator)


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Age Level: 7 and up | Grade Level: 2 to 5

Horrid Henry is the very first collection of stories about the master of mischief (and the funniest kid in the universe) including:

  • Horrid Henry is dragged to dance class.
  • Horrid Henry competes with Moody Margaret to make the World's Yuckiest Glop™.
  • Horrid Henry tries to survive vacation without TV.
  • And, Horrid Henry tries to be good like Perfect Peter (but finds out he is bad at being good).

Horrid Henry is a publishing and media phenomenon all over the world. This laugh-out-loud series has sold millions of copies in the UK and over 200,000 in the US, has spawned a very successful TV show in Britain, has been published in 27 languages, and has received incredible praise from the press, librarians, booksellers, parents, and, most importantly, kids, the world over!

"For kids beginning to read independently, Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross arrived from England this year, importing sophisticated humor and a sly approach to storytelling."—Los Angeles Times

"Will make you laugh out loud."—Sunday Times

Why Horrid Henry?

Kids love it!

"I love the Horrid Henry books by Francesca Simon. They have lots of funny bits in. And Henry always gets into trouble!"

Mia, age 6, BBC Learning is Fun

"It's easy to see why Horrid Henry is the bestselling character for 5-8 year olds."

Liverpool Echo

Because it's funny

"My two boys love this book and I have actually had tears running down my face and had to stop reading because of laughing so hard. My oldest son is rereading all the books in this series on his own now and he still loves them. Happy reading!"

T. Franklin, Parent

"A modern comic classic."

SF Said, Guardian Children's Books Supplement

Kids get to be harmlessly rebellious

"Henry is a beguiling hero who has entranced millions of reluctant readers... little rebels will love this collection and even little angels will be secretly thrilled by Henry's anti-heroic behaviour."


Henry's naughtiness is a yardstick against which children can get a sense of their own moral goodness and social justice

"What is brilliant about the books is that Henry never does anything that is subversive. She creates an aura of supreme naughtiness (of which children are in awe) but points out that he operates within a safe and secure world."

Emily Turner, Angels And Urchins Magazine

Reaches the most important age group—children who are learning to read

"I have tried out the Horrid Henry books with groups of children as a parent, as a babysitter, and as a teacher. Children love to either hear them read aloud or to read them themselves. The books are spot on for the 5-8 age range and are fun for the adults who share them too."

Danielle Hall, Teacher

The structure provides new readers with a real sense of accomplishment

"My son is 7 years old and a big Horrid Henry fan. This book lived up to his expectations! Horrid Henry is like most boys: he always has a plan and is always getting into mischief! It was amusing, and he could not put it down. Can't wait for the next. He read it cover to cover by himself in 2 days! That for me sells a book! He can't wait for the next one to be published. He has recommended it to all his friends."

Mrs. Tami Gold, Parent

Reaches both boys and girls equally

"Wonderfully appealing to girls and boys alike, a precious rarity at this age."

Judith Woods, Times Books

A global publishing phenomenon with 12 million copies sold!

Francesca Simon was born in the United States and attended both Yale and Oxford universities. A former journalist, she now writes full time. She lives in North London, England, with her husband, Martin, and her son, Josh

Tony Ross is a prolific illustrator of books for children, including Martyn Beardsley’s Sir Gadabout stories as well as his own. Tony has become one of the best known creators of original and traditional picture books, and his work has been sold all over the world.

Product Details ISBN: 9781402217753
ISBN-10: 1402217757
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date: April 1st, 2009
Pages: 112
Language: English
Series: Horrid Henry
"For kids beginning to read independently, "Horrid Henry" by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross arrived from England this year, importing sophisticated humor and a sly approach to storytelling. Not since "Nate the Great" has an early reader series created such a buzz." — Los Angeles Times

"Do your kids like silly books?...Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry series features horrid but loveable Henry and Moody Margaret. " — Montgomery Life

"Not since "Nate the Great" has an early reader series created such an addiction." — Newsday

"Sometimes kids just need to laugh. In these four easy-to-read stories about mischievous Henry, kids may laugh so hard they’ll snort milk out through their noses!" — Central California Parent

"These are good chapter books and the girls might like to read them too." — Loogootee Tribune

"Audiobooks: "[Horrid] Henry is the exemplar by which other boys can measure their own horridness…Miranda Richardson plays Henry just right, neatly balancing peevishness, effrontery and sheer life force." — Kirkus Reviews

"Fine fare for beginning readers, this clever book should find a ready audience. " — Booklist

"Unbelievable. Laugh-out-loud hilarious. Francesca Simon is my sons’ new favorite writer of all time. She’s as cheeky as Roald Dahl and as hilarious as Dav Pilkey and the titular Horrid Henry may be the worst child you’ve read about in a long time. But that doesn’t mean his stories aren’t utterly fabulous...A must-read." — Patch.com

"a loveable bad boy" — People

"The writing is very clever, the humor will have you laughing your pants off, and I firmly believe these books are so popular because there's a little Horrid Henry in each of us… Ross's illustrations bring Horrid Henry's mischievous side to life with his devilish looks and slanted eyebrows." — Examiner.com

"Humor is a proven enticement for reluctant readers, and Francesca Simon's ‘Horrid Henry’ series locates the funny bone with ease" — Newsday

"Kids who love funny books will love the ‘Horrid Henry’ series by Francesca Simon… Simon's hilariously dead-pan text is wonderfully complemented by Tony Ross's illustrations, which comically capture the consequences of Henry's horridness." — Children’s Corner, Scripps Howard News Service

"The angle here is spot-on, and reluctant readers will especially find lots to love about this early chapter book series. Treat young readers to a book talk or read-aloud and watch Henry go flying off the shelf." — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books