Saturday, August 21, 2010

Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman: Review

In reach our reading goals this summer, we have found ourselves reaching for an array of books. We've read just about every kids book we could get our hands on, both from our personal library and from the public library.

We recently received a copy of Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman written by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Tony Ross. While there are several books starring Horrid Henry and his problems with Perfect Peter and Moody Margaret this is the first we've read.
Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman features 4 short "laugh-out-loud stories" and was named Children's Book of the Year in 2008 at the Galaxy British Book Awards. The four stories included in the book are Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman, Horrid Henry's Rainy Day, Moody Margaret's Makeover, and Horrid Henry's Author Visit.

While written for kids 7-12, my just-turned six year old enjoyed the misadventures of Henry. It seems that things never work out quite as Henry planned, and it gave my son and I a chance to talk about obstacles and how to approach things differently as we read.

Even though Horrid Henry is a mean, short-tempered kid, we couldn't help but like him and feel sorry when things go horribly for him.

Reading the stories together allowed us to open up communication about how we treat other people and how things don't always go as planned. The books are very well written and through the descriptions it was easy for my son to imagine each story in his head.

We'll definitely be picking up some of the other Horrid Henry books to read together.

Buy It
You can find Horrid Henry books at Amazon (Most can be found for $4.99)

A copy of the book was provided for review. All opinions are our own.

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