Ribsy (Henry Huggins, Book #6)

by Beverly Cleary

Other authorsJacqueline Rogers (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2021



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HarperCollins (2021), Edition: Reissue, 240 pages


Separated from his owner, Henry Huggins, in a shopping center parking lot, an ordinary city dog begins a string of bewildering adventures.



Nēnē Award (Nominee — 1968)


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240 p.; 7.62 inches

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LibraryThing member fuzzi
"Ribsy" is another entry in the Klikitat Street series of books. We've met Ribsy the dog in other books by Beverly Cleary, such as "Henry and Ribsy" and "Henry and the Paper Route", but this story is about a slightly older and (supposedly) wiser Ribsy.

Ribsy wants to go for a ride in the new car to
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the shopping center, and finally gets his way. However, he winds up lost, and adopted by a series of different people who just aren't the same as his best friend, Henry.

If you like Beverly Cleary books, or you just like reading about kids and animals, you should enjoy "Ribsy".
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LibraryThing member briannad84
I started to read this to my 7 year old, but I think he's still a bit young for it. So just for the fun of it I read it on my own and it's a wonderful little dog story without being too sappy. I'm only a little familiar with Beverly Cleary's books but not too many author's are like her. Loved the
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LibraryThing member NadineC.Keels
After a shopping trip gone somewhat wrong, Henry's dog, Ribsy, ends up lost. So begins an adventure of ups and downs on this lively and loyal canine's quest to find his way back home in Ribsy by author Beverly Cleary.

Gee. I know I read this book at some point during my childhood, and I'll bet I
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enjoyed it. I also think it's very likely that I enjoyed it even more this time around.

While this is another Henry Huggins and Ribsy tale, this one is mostly from middle-aged Ribsy's point of view. (Double gee. Did that detail ever stick out to me before, that friendly and enthusiastic Ribsy is middle-aged?)

This book didn't have quite as many laughs for me as other Henry books, but I felt just as much. Felt for Ribsy through all of the twists and turns on his search for home and his favorite boy. Couldn't help but smile at Ribsy's antics and his "making every effort to be charming" even under new and strange circumstances.

It's funny how insightful this story manages to be, giving glimpses into the lives of an interesting mix of people along the way. And with the way various moments during Ribsy's journey tugged on my heartstrings, the moments of excitement were all the more satisfying.

Yup. Emotional, exciting, and satisfying all around. A book with plenty more reasons why Cleary is still my all-time favorite children's book author.
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