Sunday, May 29, 2011
Horrid Henry Rocks is a collection of short stories written by Francesca Simon. It’s about the adventures of a young boy, Horrid Henry, and the mischief he causes. There are four stories in the book, and each would take a child 15-20 minutes to read. They are simple enough for a child to read, but beginning readers will probably need some help from a parent. The ideal age for this book would be anywhere from first to third grade.
The stories are wacky and goofy and will definitely make children laugh. When it was read to two 7-year-old boys, the two were hysterical the entire time. In each story, Horrid Henry plays tricks on Perfect Peter (his brother), Moody Margaret (his neighbor), or anyone else around him. If your child still laughs at the mention of boogers or other disgusting things, then this book is definitely for him. Girls will most likely get less entertainment out of this book than boys.
One word of warning to any parents who have their own horrid children: This book will probably give your child some bad ideas! Each story usually ends with Horrid Henry getting away with whatever mischief he caused (normally through the “I won’t tell on you if you don’t tell on me” method of child diplomacy), so don’t expect any sort of moral to this story. That said, the book will definitely bring laughs to your children and even to you during some of the more absurd moments.
DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for this review. The Amazon affiliate links belong to the blog owner.