42. Horrid Henry's Underpants by Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry's Underpants by Francesca Simon. illustrated by Tony Ross. (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Horrid Henry (US numbering #9)

Pages: 112
Ages: 7+
Finished: Feb. 6, 2012
First Published: UK 2003 (US 2009)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Genre: children, humour, short stories
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:  "Ugggh! Gross! Yuck! Blecccccch!"

Publisher's Summary:  "Horrid Henry makes a deal with his parents in return for eating his veggies; accidentally wears girls' underwear to school; tries to prove he is sicker than his brother; and writes the meanest thank-you cards ever (and makes money on it too)."

Acquired: Purchased the Kindle edition.

Reason for Reading:  Our son has reading difficulties and after much debate the family bought an ereader.  Ds read this book aloud as his reader and as his very first ebook.  Horrid Henry is a favourite of his.

This book was exactly what one expects from Horrid Henry.  After having read only the first book in the series ds and I are both fans.  Reading this book further along in the series we found two things had changed, Henry has gotten somewhat meaner *but* he usually ends up with the short end of the stick when all is said and done, which makes his escapades easier to swallow when you know he won't totally get away with it.  Ds finds Harry funny and is continuously going "Oh Man!" with the things he gets up to but ds also thinks Henry is a bit too much and takes things too far.  He wouldn't like to have him in his class, that is for sure!  We both really enjoyed all the stories in this book and we agree upon our favourite being the titular one where he accidentally wears girl's underwear to school.

This book was very hard for ds to read, so we read pretty much in tandem with me reading any words he struggled with to avoid frustration as he thoroughly enjoyed the ebook reading experience and took to it like a fish to water.  He says he wants all his books on the Kindle now.  Well that isn't going to exactly happen but we are going to take advantage of this format and see if it is the thing that will set off his reading abilities.


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