Henry Huggins (Henry Huggins, Book #1)

by Beverly Cleary

Paperback, 2007



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Harper (2007)


When Henry adopts Ribsy, a dog of no particular breed, humorous adventures follow.


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LibraryThing member deltadawn
ONe of the best stories of a boy and his dog. My children loved it and I loved it. I had read this when I was a child and many memories came flooding back. What a wonderful story of kids interactions with their pets, each other and their parents.
LibraryThing member read-a-lots
to me this book is not has great has everyone says it is. The rest of the books like Ellen Tibbets and Ribsy and so on are better.This book didnt have me going unlike it's sequel.
LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
I've read this previously and I really enjoy Beverly Cleary. She depicts believable kids (though they are beginning to be a little dated). The only thing I didn't enjoy was the narrator (this time I listened to it on audio book with my kids). The narrator read so slowly that it was tedious. I don't
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recommend this audio edition (narrator was Barbara Caruso). Still, there were some pretty funny parts - like when Henry was trying to get Ribsy home!!
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LibraryThing member popeleskir
this book is GREAT it's the best book I have ever read!!!
LibraryThing member betsyeggers
This book is the first book in the Henry Huggins collection and is about Henry and the stray dog he finds, Ribsy. I really like this book. It is a great chapter book for those who are ready to move beyond the easy chapter books to chapters that are a little longer and there is very minimal
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illustration in this book, not to mention the adventures the boy and his dog get into! I have often heard that young boys have a difficult time finding good chapter books, and this is one book that I would recommend for two reasons: 1. it is about a boy and his adventures as a boy and 2. it is the first in a collection, so there is a good change the young men who choose to read this book will continue reading the books that follow. I recommend this book for my library (medium public library).
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LibraryThing member sonya337
Each chapter reveals a new and exciting adventure. I like how each conflict is resolved quickly. Cleary is an expert on capturing the reader and her choice of words and descriptions make the reader fall in love with Henry Higgins. This chapter book is a perfect first chapter book for young readers.
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It isn't long winded or complicated, but just fun and accessable.
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LibraryThing member herebedragons
I loved this book when I was a child. A great story about a boy and his dog.
LibraryThing member BNBHarper
Summary: This book is about a boy named Henry Huggins. He is always bored until one day he comes across a stray dog. He ends up naming this dog Ribsy because the dog is so skinny. This is when the adventure for Henry begins. He first has to try to get this dog home which presents many challenges
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for Henry. His adventures continue through the book and Henry is never bored again. Response: I loved reading this book especially for my love of dogs. Connection: Read Aloud; Kids would enjoy the humor in this book and would be able to relate to this book. Every kid loves animals and adventure!
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LibraryThing member nmhale
Cleary is known for her charming Ramona series, which brings to life a rambunctious girl, but she has a deft hand at capturing a young boy's perspective, too. The Mouse and the Motorcycle series, whose protagonist is Ralph S. Mouse, indicates her skill in that arena. This book features another boy,
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human this time - Henry Huggins. I had never read any of her Henry Huggins series prior to now, and am delighted to discover that she wrote another finely realized character.

The book begins with a meeting of boy and dog. Henry is on his way home, when he decides to adopt a skinny dog he finds on the street. He calls his mom for permission, and is told that as long as he can get the dog home on the bus, he can keep it. His mom is too busy to come get them. Unfortunately, the bus line has a rule: no pets unless they're in a box. Henry, the youngster that he is, decides an empty grocer's box will do, and is frustrated when the driver says nay. In a stroke of genius, he hides the dog in a shopping bag, piles paper over him, and hopes for the best. The worst occurs. Somehow Henry and the dog make it home, but only after knocking down everyone on the bus, scattering their possessions, and then being escorted in a police car. Still, he gets the dog home, so he can keep it. Henry dubs his new dog Ribsy, because he is so thin his ribs show through his skin.

The rest of the book regales the reader with more episodes like that of the first chapter. Henry is all enthusiasm and awkwardness. He embarks on adventures one would expect of a boy, such as saving money for a football, or entering his dog in a show. Often catastrophe ensues, not because Henry means any ill, but because he is young and still doesn't grasp all the consequences of his actions. He is a sweet boy, though, and while he may cause his parents a bit of frustration, everything comes out right in the end. I liked the book and could definitely read more about Henry. His expeditions are funny and innocent. They certainly remind me of the simplicity of childhood, and how things that I often overlook now were so important back then. Henry's character is engaging, and Ribsy is such a dog. Cleary has a knack for writing about children and animals. I'm excited to read the Henry and Beezus book, where characters from two great series will overlap. This story is a great choice for children and adults.
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LibraryThing member Osilee
When young Henry Huggins finds Ribsy, the thin abandoned dog, on the street, he does not know what he is in for.
LibraryThing member TnTexas
An older book that has stood the test of time - funny with situations that kids this age can still relate to. My son and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it together.
LibraryThing member sturlington
Henry adopts a homeless dog, Ribsy, and they have comic adventures together.

I read this aloud to my 7-year-old son. Not quite as "deep" in terms of addressing growing-up issues as the Fudge books by Judy Blume and becoming a trifle dated now, but still lots of laughs to be had. My son insisted we
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move immediately on to the next book in the series, always a good sign.

Read aloud in 2015.
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LibraryThing member Marse
A sweet book about a sweet boy and a dog he found. My 16 y.o. daughter cleaned off a shelf of books and kept all the Ramona books, but tossed the Henry Huggins' ones. I would recommend this book for 2nd and 3rd graders. The story is engaging, as are all the characters. The only thing I would say is
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that the story comes across as from a very different time, when kids could ride the bus by themselves, and treated each other with much more respect. There is a willingness to listen to the other point of view from your own and sympathize with it, even when it's to your advantage to NOT see the other side of things.
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LibraryThing member NadineC.Keels
Although Henry has fun going to the Y and swimming and things, he feels like nothing exciting ever happens to him. But then one day he meets a stray, thin, rambunctious dog and names him Ribsy. Little does Henry know of all the excitement he'll be in for now in Henry Huggins by author Beverly
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Wow! I've read a couple of other Henry books before, but I didn't know (or didn't remember?) that this one is actually the first book Cleary ever had published, back in good ol' 1950.

It's a fun and pleasant read overall, and a little nostalgic for a reader like me. Typewriters, telephone booths where you can make a call for a nickel, and a young hero who says things like, "Gee, Dad, that's swell!" Yeah, I laughed out loud a couple good times (Henry is hilarious for trying to write that letter), and it was great to see sisters Beezus (Beatrice) and Ramona where they actually first appear in a book. Been there all the time, but, hey, it's new to me!

I'm like the author in that the Ramona books that come later are my favorites of Cleary's work. But what a nice introduction this book is to Henry, Ribsy, and the gang on Klickitat Street.
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LibraryThing member bibliophyte
From page one, with his gloomy outlook on life and case of third grade ennui, you can't help but love Henry Huggins. His extreme propensity for accidents, combined with complete obliviousness, firmly cement Henry as one of the most memorable characters from children's lit... at least as far as I'm
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concerned. I remember reading about him in grade school, wishing I had a friend like him, and asking my mom for pet guppies. She said no. Fast forward a few years and now I'm a mother identifying with my own and Henry's (I giggled every time the poor woman said, "Oh, Henry." and Henry asked, "What? It was an accident..."). I was so happy when I discovered there are a total of six books about Henry and Ribsy, a couple of which I haven't read. I can't wait to read them with my son soon, and again when he's old enough to ask for pet guppies. I already know what I'm going to say.
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LibraryThing member the_hag
I never did read much Cleary growing up...but since the Girl is having some trouble getting into book, I thought this might be a good one for her...and I was right, she absolutely LOVED it. Henry Huggins (like How to Eat Fried Worms) is a bit dated, since it was written in 1949, but the overall
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feel and character of the story is pretty much timeless. We are presented with a typical neighborhood, family, kids, neighbors of the time that, despite the way we live life today, is presented in a way that is still accessible to kids today (even those not living in suburban neighborhoods. Henry is a typical boy who wants a bit of excitement in his life...and finds it while browsing at the local convenience store, in the form of Ribsy as skinny mutt who he decides to take home (with his mother's permission of course)...on the BUS! This is first of 5 adventures that Henry and Ribsy encounter as they go on through the book (we also get raising guppies, catching thousands of night crawlers, a charming look at Christmas pageants and snow from a 9 year olds perspective, the dog show, and the prospect of Henry having to give up Ribsy). Each is charming and still endearing more than 50 years after it was originally written. We are presented with stories that show Henry as honest and hard working, we learn to have compassion for others and that doing the right thing is always important...all in a humorous and realistic way that doesn't feel like the message is being shoved down our throats! I give it a solid A, even after 50+ years, Henry Huggins is fine reading for 8-10 year olds!
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LibraryThing member fingerpost
Beverly Cleary's first book, "Henry Huggins" holds up remarkably well in 2021, considering it was published in 1950. The most notable element dating it is that Henry frequently goes to the pet shop to buy horse meat to feed his dog. (Pretty sure no pet shop today would sell horse meat!)
It is a
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simple collection of six short story-like chapters about 3rd grader Henry Huggins, and his dog, Ribsy. The chapters are a little funny, a little sweet, and very much in tune with the way kids that age behave, be it 1950 or today.
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