"Henry was horrid. Everyone said so, even his mother. Henry threw food, Henry grabbed, Henry pushed and shoved and pinched. Even his teddy bear, Mr. Kill, avoided him when possible." This kid is bad to the bone, and readers love him for it. Mind you, Henry's little brother is called Perfect Peter. He has impeccable manners, loves vegetables, and never, ever picks his nose. "Why can't you be perfect like Peter," Henry's mom says every day. This starts Henry wondering what would happen if he tried to be perfect. The next morning, he does not wake Peter by pouring water on his head. He reads a book that isn't a comic book. At dinnertime, he sets the table, and does not throw peas at his brother. Mom is so delighted with his behavior, she gives him a big kiss. Peter is so jealous and incensed, he throws his plate of spaghetti at Henry, but it lands on their mother's head. Peter is sent to his room in disgrace, and Henry can't help laughing. "Who would have thought being perfect would be such fun?"
Themes : BEHAVIOR. FAMILY LIFE. HUMOR.
CRITICS HAVE SAID
- A loveable bad boy.
- 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
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