Henry Huggins

By Beverly Cleary

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Readers` Reviews

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angeline fortin
I LOVED these books as a young girl! Now I can pass them on to my grandkids! Boys or girls, all love them!
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I LOVED these books as a young girl! Now I can pass them on to my grandkids! Boys or girls, all love them!
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sarah doran
Grandson loved it.
and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway - Thirty Thousand Dogs :: A Man of His Own :: The Man Who Loved Dogs: A Novel :: The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog :: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic
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andrew thompson
Always a success when Beverly Cleary is involved!
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essie hicks
I really enjoyed reading this to my kids at night before bed. It was a fun read and a touching story.
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matt parker
its a great book for children and it is very good if you like to know what a sister rivalry is.
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My 6-year-old enjoyed the cast and characters of Klikitat Street and all of the things that Henry gets involved in.
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sandra hassan
Son loves it!
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faridah zulkiflie
It was in perfect shape and the cost was brilliant. The story is a wonderful as ever and is touching a new generation
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inam akbar
Great book
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brady westwater
My daughter Loves these books. Entertaining & fun, they expand her vocabulary & contain some good life lessons.
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daniel a
My Grandson loves these books!
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kristina dorrough
Second generation LOVE THESE BOOKS!!!
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I am learning Spanish and I am reading this book on my Kindle which makes translation of unknown words easy. The difficulty level of this book is slightly ahead of my ability, which is what I hoped for when I bought this book.
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This is a great book of course it's from Mrs Cleary. We r native Oregonians and just moved to Arizona, it's so nice to read a book that describes the places u r used to. We have read Romona books before and this was our first Henry Huggins, and won't be the last. We fell in love with him and Ribsy.
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jen donnelly
My 9 year old son LOVES Henry Huggins. He hates to read but loves this and actually ASKED me to buy him the rest of the books in this series.
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j dale
I son had to read this book as part of a school book report. He loved it! Beverly Cleary is an amazing writer!
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Reading the Henry Huggins books written by Beverly Cleary is like a walk down the lane of my childhood memories. Written and published at the right time for the right audience, the stories have the ring of truth for anyone who grew up at that time. Immensely enjoyable.
One thing, as minor as it may be, that does not ring true, though, is the illustrations are contemporary to current times in that the show kids wearing bicycling helmets, which did not exist at the time, and one of a kid wearing a baseball style cap backwards with the type of universal adjustment that also did not exist at the time Beverly Cleary wrote these stories.
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This book was my favorite as a child! I was delighted to share it with my children. I read a chapter aloud to them every evening. They certainly seemed to enjoy it as well!
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kenia hinojosa
The girls enjoyed this book and shared lots of laughs!!
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steve clark
Love these books.
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catarina coelho
I loved the book and a lot and I love the part where Henry almost lost ribs. Henry is so nice.
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jennifer o brien
Boys loved it
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My son just read Henry and the Clubhouse before Christmas and he really enjoyed it. Hoping he likes this one just as much.
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opunzia espinosa
This is a great book for boys and girls. Henry and Beezus have fun adventures. Would recommend for children to read.
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Thank you for following up. A childhood favorite!
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kelsey riley
I loved this book when I was a child and my three children have enjoyed these books by Beverly Cleary. She writes in a way that kids can identify with the characters. Love all of the books with Henry and Ramona
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alta faye
My children have been enjoying the Beverly Cleary book series! We listen to them in the car.
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richard quenneville
I think this a good book, but made better because it is very funny. Get this book. I love it
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atul purohit
Henry Huggins is as wise and insightful as he was when I first read this book in 1964. Full of classics like: "Gallons of Guppies" and "Henry and the Night Crawlers." My daughters grew up with Ramona - but 50 years ago I loved the world of Henry and Ribsy and Beezus. It was great to visit an old friend again! Also, getting the 1954 hardback publication was the right thing to do. Thick yellow pages, slight mildew smell, Louis Darling's illustrations, random scribbles from generations of kids. Just like a time machine. Cheers!
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ferina m
this was a gift and he loves it
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lois weisberg
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jenny deboer
Everyone will like this book. First and second graders will especially like it. Do want read more about Henry and Ribsy.
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eduardo tenenbaum
My grandson is reading these Beverly Cleary books for some of his summer reading. He is 8 yrs. old and loves Henry Huggins!
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Great Book!
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Just what we needed!
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My boys who are four and six loved their first experience with Henry Huggins and his dog. Imagine my surprise during the recent European horse meat scandal when Henry goes to the pet store every week to pick up horse meat for his dog's meals. Scenes like this which were common in the fifties and other terms and phrases need to be explained on the spot to curious kids. My edition had few pictures, so my four year old boy tended to drift off to sleep mid-chapter. Overall, a great, original, finely written book with no violence, no ridiculous cartoon-ish characters, and best, no real villain.
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rab vigil
8 year old voted this as 4.5 stars. It was a requirement for school.
"I Liked the story, characters, and everything."
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sarah allen
The reader will be drawn back to childhood through the exploits of Henry and his friends and family. Beverly Cleary brings her characters to life!
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avi lall
It was perfect. There was nothing bad with the book. It was totally worth the price. I would buy it many more times.
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I loved this book. It was very good. It was about ellen tebbits learning to be a good friend. Loved it!
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.The items is as expected. I would definitely refer to family and friends for purchase. The book is very good
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juana peralta
Great book for kids in fifth grade. My favorite part was the end. I like Henry he is a great influence
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sarah houts
My 5th grade son loved this book!
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louis eric
My son did a literature unit on this book, he hated to see the last page come because he didn't want it to end. Good thing I was able to let him know there are more Henry Huggins stories. Any age appropriate book that keeps him interested and makes him want to read more is a great book in my opinion.
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dorothy downing
The book got here early which was great. It wasn't in 'very good' condition. It has yellowed pages and looks well used however, all the pages are clean and in tact, so I am just as happy. The price was right even in used condition. It should have been listed in good or acceptable condition, not very good. I am still happy though...I just needed it to replace one in my classroom.
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david witte
I loved it because it was about friendship being repaired. I think you would love this book because I've read it and I thought it was really good??
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kellie detter
The book was very good with lots of interesting details. The ending was very interesting because it was hysterical and Henry finally got his bike.
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I chose this rating because I like when they broke up
and got back together. I also like the beginning at the dance class because it is funny that they both wore winter underwear.
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I needed this for homeschooling purposes and being able to get it right away on the kindle meant no time was wasted.
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My 7 year old daughter's review -
This is a great book. There should be a TV show for this book series.
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kate s book spot
This is the first Henry Huggins book I've ever read thank you so much I love this book sunsaerlee Brian Vorac
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: )good book read it over and over again and again and again until the battery died on my kindle and I think it should be read everywhere. I give it five stars.
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Kids loved it!
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Great book my godson loved this book easy to read
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laurie williams
My 4 and 2 year old sons listen to Henry Huggins all the time. They love the story and pretend to be Henry from time to time. The CD format is perfect for my kids. You can't go wrong with any Beverly Cleary book.
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david cerda
The Cleary books are a wonderful and fun way to get 7-8 year olds to know the love of reading!
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steve weinberg
Excellent .....
everthing I remembered from childhood
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hannah kaplan
It is a good book for anyone to read I read it in fifth grade and still love it today
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kate young
I consider this book to anyone 3 and up. it is a awesome book you should get it stop reading and go get it
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I read the first book and wanted the next book. This is a really good book. Now I'm going to get the third book.
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Excellent value
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Great book for a 6 year old avid reader.
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joan onderko
Grandson loves all Henry Huggins
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robby gunawan
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alissa moghtaderi
My son had to have this book for his school and he has really enjoyed reading all of the many adventures of Henry Huggins.
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I first read this book as a child, but it's also wonderful for adults. It reminds you of what it's like to be a child.
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Great read for third grade. I just wish Ms Cleary had left out the minced oaths like golly. I find these offensive and unnecessary.
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Love Beverly Cleary! My Son use to read her when he was in Elementary school. He is in college now. When our church school requested this book. I knew I had to order. Great price excellent condition!
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A classic the read or be read to younger children. This was dinner table fun for my kids at 3 and 4 years old.
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john wylie
Great book for anyone especially boys
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annette malen
My son and I loved this book... great read!
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cassie mangum
its just ok
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beth shoemaker
I've read a lot of books and this one wasn't the best. Henry isn't as funny as Ramona. I give this two stars for the Ramona part in it. CCM, Age 7
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holly kersis
Book was in excellent condition. Newer cover will encourage my students to read this replacement book for my school library.
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jill simon
lt's a awesome book. every person needs to read this book.best book every ever. you need to bye it go and buy i
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deanna g
Great condition. Cute story
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Great book. My kids love it.
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w ganley
My nine year old did not like this book. Very boring he said. He did finish it but, he did not like it.
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ashley powell
When our grand children are assigned a book we put it on all of our Kindles. I generally read alternating pages out load with them. When this author is assigned I don't finish the books on my return home. Just don't look forward to this author.
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I did not know that the book was written in Spanish. I wish that it would have been described better.
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ben roth
I find it particularyly annoying that I have to include so many words in my reviews...good book. Three more words..
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jennifer chin
paper back and expensive. We can get the same book in half price and in hardcover at several book stores
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kimberly hall
My grandson checked out this book from the library and promptly lost it. I bought this book as a replacement. It was received in very good condition and the library appreciated it.
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lauren ashpole
1.Three star
2. I thought it was a very very extremely awesome extremely epic and extremely breathtaking book.
3. Nobody really.
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kelsey sarault
I really wish my mother would have reviewed these before giving me her account. She purchased these items a long time ago, and I'm now getting them out of the way.
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jennifer zellinger
I ordered this Henry Huggins CD for a long car ride with my children. If you did, too, make sure you preview the first disc! The copy I received was appropriately labeled "Henry Huggins," but the material on disc one was NOT FOR CHILDREN. I listened to enough of it to research the source. It begins with the chapter titled "That's Amore" from the book "When You Are Engulfed by Flames" by David Sedaris. The themes and language in this book are adult. the store kindly exchanged my defective CD set with a new one .... AND IT HAS THE SAME PROBLEM! Buyer beware.
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pamela crawford
My three girls and I have been listening to the Henry Huggins series in the car. A couple of years ago, Audible had a great sale and I picked up most of Beverly Cleary’s book for about $4 apiece. The girls had not really been interested in listening to the books before, but we have been reading the Ramona books, and they recognized Henry as one of the minor characters from the Ramona series. He’s much older than Ramona, so they don’t really cross paths in her books, but she plays the role of young antagonist in his books. This was enough for them, and they were sold.

Henry and Beezus is the second book in the Henry Huggins series. Henry is a ten-year-old boy living in Oregon. He has a dog named Ribsy, and many neighborhood friends. There are many small incidents throughout the book, but the main theme revolves around Henry’s attempts to earn enough money to buy a bike. This proves to be rather difficult, and involves dubious schemes like finding boxes of gum in a vacant lot and selling it to his friends at school. Will Henry ever be able to earn the money for a bicycle of his very own?

This is a very engaging book. My girls all enjoyed listening to it, especially since Ramona plays a minor role. Henry’s schemes don’t always work out, but he always perseveres. This book was not narrated by Neil Patrick Harris like the other Henry Huggins books. The narrator- William Roberts- does a fine job, but the production had slightly less of a spark than the Harris narrated books.

I would recommend Henry and Beezus. I don’t have any sons, but I do know that it can be hard to find books for boys because many of the books featuring young male protagonists revolve around pranks and naughtiness. Henry always tries to do the right thing. He sometimes has some rather dismissive thoughts about the “dumb things” that girls do, but he keeps his thoughts to himself and is not deliberately rude to his family and friends. This book will appeal to middle grade readers, and younger readers might enjoy having this book read aloud.
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A couple of years ago, Audible had a great sale on children’s audiobooks. I ended up getting most of Beverly Cleary’s books for about $4 apiece. I’ve been reading the Ramona books with my seven-year-old twins, so we’ve decided to listen to the Henry Huggins books when we drive around town.

Beverly Cleary might be best known for her Ramona series, but she wrote the Henry Huggins books almost twenty years before Ramona’s first book. The girls were excited to listen to Henry Huggins because they know Henry as a friend of Ramona’s sister Beezus. Henry is also the traffic boy when Ramona is in Kindergarten, and she antagonizes him, both inadvertently and deliberately.

Henry Huggins starts a couple of years before the events in the Ramona series. When the story begins, Henry is a third grade boy who finds a stray dog. The dog is so skinny that Henry calls him Ribsy. Henry is downtown by himself, and must get the dog home on the bus. This is quite the misadventure, and it sets the tone for the rest of the book- and, I daresay- the rest of the series. Henry is not a naughty boy, but always seems to get himself into “scrapes”, usually involving Ribsy. Henry grows very attached to Ribsy, but what will happen when Ribsy’s owner comes looking for him?

Henry is a resourceful boy. He is quite self reliant, and when he gets into trouble, he takes it upon himself to find a solution for the problem. Henry has a large group of neighborhood friends, and they seem to play together without much adult supervision. It is somewhat surprising in the modern era to see the children resolve the issue of who owns Ribsy without any intervention from the adults.

I would recommend Henry Huggins. This is the first book in a five book series, and even though the books function pretty well as standalones, I would recommend reading the series in order. As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, we’ve been listening to the Henry Huggins series. Neal Patrick Harris reads all but one of the books, and he turns the reading into a delightful production. Henry Huggins is a wonderful book for children in elementary school, either as a read-aloud choice for younger children or as independent reading for more proficient readers.
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andrea mercier
Was never able to download
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kay cooke
Never received this product. I ordered it as a Christmas gift and it never came in.
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I hadn’t read Henry Huggins since I was young so I was delighted that it was the February Kewaunee Library Youth book club pick. I read it in the evenings with Daniel. Daniel (8 years old, in 3rd grade) was a bit grumpy reading it as it took away from his Harry Potter time, but Henry Huggins managed to wring a few chuckles from him as well.

Henry Huggins is basically a series of scrapes that young Henry finds himself in. Each chapter is like its own short story. The book starts with Henry finding a dog downtown, Ribsby, and trying to figure out how to get it home so he can keep him. It is an amusing tale.

One thing that amazed me as we read the book was Henry’s freedom around town. He’s eight years old by himself downtown taking City buses home. I looked up when it was published and it was the 1950’s. It’s hard to imagine now letting your child go downtown at that age by themselves on a city bus. Is this a good or a bad thing?

Overall, I enjoyed the stories of Henry’s life and loved the 1950’s setting. I thought it was humorous. I remember as a kid I enjoyed the rest of the books in this series too. Daniel was not as fond of it as myself as it was not Harry Potter. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for an entertaining and funny middle grade reader.

Did you read any Beverly Cleary books as a kid? If so, what were your favorites?

Book Source: The Kewaunee Public Library
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tim h
Beverly Cleary is well-known for writing humorous and touching realistic chapter books. Her realistic and sympathetic characters have been indelibly written on many hearts. One of my favorite character creations of hers is Ellen Tebbits, an eight-year-old girl whose life is brightened by her friendship with newcomer Austine. The book Ellen Tebbits forever shaped my life.

Partly because of Ellen, during much of my childhood, I wanted a best friend. I identified with Ellen, who does not have any brothers or sisters. When the girl next door moves away, Ellen also ends up without any close friends. Sure, Ellen has lots of school friends, but she doesn’t have anyone who lives in the same neighborhood who can come over to play after school and on the weekends. Now at first, Ellen thinks perhaps she does not even want a best friend. After all, best friends share secrets. And Ellen has one she wants to keep. Once Ellen discovers that she and Austine share the same secret, however, Ellen is glad to have a best friend. Immediately, the girls begin to hang out together at one another’s homes, playing dress up and baking cookies. And, in my childhood days, I coveted their friendship. Thankfully, over the years, best friends have come along with whom I was able to confide my deepest desires and fears. Those friends I also shared memorable moments with, the same as Ellen and Austine who together share an adventure of trying to bring a mammoth old beet to school to impress a teacher, riding on horses for the first time without any adult supervision, and being in an almost disastrous school play together.

The back jacket flap lists various episodes which happen to the girls and suggests readers will debate which is the funniest. I don’t have an answer to that debate but, for me, the chapter which I'll remember forever is the one which describes how the two girls decide to dress up as twins. When I met my best friend of eighth grade, a missionary’s kid on furlough, I echoed Ellen’s idea to her about being twins. I don’t remember anymore what, if anything, was the result of that inspiration. I do know though that in hindsight I’ve found it ironic that I should wish for my best friend and I to dress up as twins, given how the situation transpired for Ellen and Austine. The moms of the two girls possess very different sewing abilities, which means Ellen and Austine end up with totally different looking dresses. The most trying part is that Ellen's dress has a sash; Austine's dress does not. Hence, the so-called matching dresses become anything but fun to wear, and even causes a bitter quarrel. This negative outcome never seemed to faze me. Instead I just kept thinking about how much the girls enjoyed picking out a dress pattern and then trying to match how they looked, right down to how they wore their hair.

Ellen Tebbits has personal meaning to me. If I were to analyze it as a critic, however, the feature which I would most emphasize is how much Cleary knew children. Clearly worked as a librarian, meaning she encountered young people on a daily basis. This shines through in all of her books, with Ellen Tibbets being no exception. When Ellen and Austine first meet, they almost don't become friends. Austine understandably misses her home state of California so much that she talks non-stop about it. Ellen just as understandably acts irritated with Austine for her one-track mind and even snaps, "If you think California is so wonderful, why don't you go back there?" Even before the end of dance class, Ellen begins to have a guilty conscience. After all, she knows what it feels like to be lonely. She begins to wonder if Austine sometimes sits on her front porch and wishes for someone to play with. Or if Austine hopes in school that maybe someone will invite her over to play. And so Ellen makes up her mind to apologize. There are countless other incidents, wherein the girls show themselves both to be vulnerable to moods but also nice and likable characters.

Beverly Cleary's books are part of personal collections of countless readers. Which Beverly Cleary book is your favorite? And why?
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edith weisenbogger
Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby was introduced in the book "Henry Huggins", but was a fairly minor character. This second book in the series gave her a more prominent role. In this book Henry is jealous of his older friend Scooter McCarthy and his bicycle, so Henry determines to buy a bike of his own. He happens to find a large stash of bubble gum in a vacant lot, and this looks like a surefire way to make some money. Alas, things don't work out as planned. Meanwhile, Henry's dog Ribsy causes havoc - first, by stealing the roast that his next-door neighbor was planning to barbecue, and then by stealing newspapers. If that's not enough, Ribsy also gets a ticket when Henry ties him to a parking meter! Fortunately, Beezus is there to help out. That's okay with Henry because, as he puts it, Beezus is "pretty sensible for a girl".

This book is not my favorite in the series, but it's good nonetheless, and it's significant for a couple of reasons. First, in one chapter Scooter allows Henry to take over his newspaper route while he is away at Scout camp. No doubt this story planted the seed for a later book, "Henry and the Paper Route". Second, this book not only gave a larger role to Beezus, but also to her younger sister, Ramona. Ramona continued to provide ample comedy relief for the rest of the "Henry" series until she was spun off into her own series of books.
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mohamed magdi
There's really no need for me to give another glowing review about Henry Huggins- that goes without saying. All I ask is for everyone to STOP making references to the story as being "dated" in their reviews. We get it- it's set in 1950. Ice cream cones were a nickle. Kids were still kids. It's a period piece that happens to be still viable today. Would you read your child 'The Secret Garden', and then complain that, as it's set around 1900, it's also dated? Gee whiz...
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matthew yapchaian
Nine-year-old Henry Huggins thinks nothing interesting ever happens to him -- but readers know differently!

In this premiere novel of the "Henry" series, we discover how Henry happened to adopt Ribsy, his beloved dog and faithful companion through all his adventures. We also follow Henry through his desperate hunt for enough nightcrawlers to purchase a "real" football, his dismay at being cast the lead of the school play and his near obsession with landing a paper route (which to Henry is the sign of something "important" and "grown up.")

Granted, as the book was published in the '50s, there are a couple of dated references, such as Henry typing on his mother's typewriter with carbon paper, or the prices of things. But overall, Henry Huggins is a timeless little boy, wanting and doing all the same things as countless children before and after him.
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shawn callahan
~Mom's Review~
4 Stars
I thought this was a cute book, it's hard finding chapter books for my 9 year old to enjoy. This fit perfectly for both of us. We actually read it for school. We will be looking up the rest of the Henry books :-)

~9 Year old's Review~
5 Stars
I really liked it because it was about a boy and his dog. The dog was a stray that Henry was able to keep. It made me laugh when Mom and Dad were helping Henry catch night crawlers. I can't wait to read more about Henry and the trouble he might get into.
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suzanne jimenez
All Henry Huggins dreams of is a bike of his own! He can just picture himself coasting down his street...especially when mean Scooter McCarthy rides past on his. But his parents say they can't afford to get him one, so Henry takes matters into his own hands.

First Henry tries selling bubble gum to his classmates, with disastrous results. Then he tries subbing for Scooter's paper route, only to be thwarted by his dog Ribsy. Then Henry goes to an auction, only to discover there are MANY other kids trying to bid on bikes. Will Henry ever get his bike?

Cleary's timeless classic is a reminder of the '50s, a time when childhood was much different than today. It's also an introduction to Henry's friends Beezus and Ramona Quimby, who spin off into their own series.
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mrs froggy
When I was in second grade, our teacher read us Henry Huggins aloud and we loved it so much that we begged her to read it again. That was many, many years ago but I can still hear her reading the book and remember our class asking her to please keep reading! I read this book to my kids and they love Henry's adventures, starting with how he gets his dog Ribsy and tries to bring him home on the bus! Despite having to overcome some crazy obstacles, everything always works out well for Henry. What a delight that is!

The stories are simple fun. Since the book was written 50+ years ago, my kids are intrigued by how much freedom Henry, as a 3rd grader, has (going to town by himself, taking the bus, etc). It was a different era and while reading to my kids we often stop to discuss how some things have changed over time. The same goes for Henry's spending money - for e.g. he spends a nickel for an ice cream, and my kids wanted to know how much that would be "in today's money".

There's not many illustrations, but they're good, and this is one chapter book that my kids don't even miss not having many illustrations. Beverly Cleary's writing is simple, descriptive, and clear that it's easy to picture everything vividly without illustrations.

This is a fun, happy book!! Kids too young to read a chapter book will enjoy hearing the stories read aloud, and chapter book readers will also enjoy Henry Huggins as well. The stories appeal to all ages. Enjoy!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
REVIEWED BY: Wayne Walker

Ellen Tebbits is a third grade school girl who finally finds a best friend in Austine Allen, the new student in her class who has moved from California, primarily because the two share a terrible secret. In fact, the two become such close companions that they decide to dress as twins on the first day of fourth grade. Unfortunately, Mrs. Allen is not nearly as good a seamstress as Mrs. Tebbits, and Austine's dress looks terrible. The two argue about it, and thinking that Austine has untied her sash, Ellen slaps Austine in the face. Ellen wants desperately to be Austine's friend again and later finds out that it was actually Otis Spofford who untied her sash, but she is too proud to apologize to Austine. Will the two ever be able to make up?
I have read many of Beverly Cleary's books for children, and I will try to be honest. I really liked the three books about Ralph Mouse. The books about Henry Huggins are fairly good. The books about Ramona Quimby, two of which were Newbery Honor books, are, in my estimation, not as good, but they are still all right and probably appeal more to girls than boys. I did not care for the only book for which Clearly won the Newbery Award, Dear Mr. Henshaw. Personally, I thought that it was depressing, but a lot of people have found it useful. However, I did enjoy reading Ellen Tebbits. It presents a realistic picture of elementary school life and deals sensitively with some issues that children of that age face, yet is written in an interesting style that will capture the fancy of young readers.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Oh how we love Henry Huggins! My daughter (age 8) just adores these books! Our most recent read, Henry and Beezus didn't disappoint. Told in the same chapter style as the previous books, we start out with Henry and is dog getting into more trouble...this time with the neighbors and their roast and where Henry swears to his friends that he'll have a bike as nice as Scooter's. From there we follow Henry on a raccous, fun-filled set of adventures which involve him striking gum gold, untraining Ribsy to fetch the paper (hileraious), a dog and his parking ticket, an awesome and funny bike auction, and finally the boy who ate dog food! In this group of stories, Ramona and her sister are also key players in each adventure and they lend a nice touch to this particular set of stories. Will Henry get that spiffy red bike he's got his eye on? Will he ever save enough money...or will Ribsy and Ramona "help" him right out of his chance to get it? Since this story, like others in the series, was written in the 1950's, it has a dated "leave it to beaver" feel...but that's also a great deal of the charm. They are clean cut, the kid's respet their parents and take their problems to them...and whey they get in trouble, even though they somtiems lie...there is always discussion and rational solving of the issues. I like that and apparently so does my daughter. I give it an A+, another classic that is sure to keep right on pleasing kids for years to come!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
What I found most fascinating about this book is how Beverly Cleary manages to weave a subtle thread of friendship between Henry and Beezus throughout the book. Beezus emerges as quite a likeable character as she and Henry (along with the other regulars -- Ribsy, Scooter, Robert, and Ramona) continue with more adventures on Klickitat Street. I enjoyed reading it to my seven-year-old as much as he enjoyed listening to it. Every night he would refuse to go to sleep until I'd read another chapter in Henry and Beezus. What I really loved was the way Cleary portrays the friendship between Henry and Beezus. She is a true friend, the only voice in the crowd urging Henry not to eat dog food while others are happy to stand back and watch him do it. Beezus is always there in some quiet way to help Henry throughout the book and he reciprocates as well despite all his protests about how girls are so much trouble. I found it to be a wonderful portrayal of a sweet friendship. We loved it and are moving on to the next Henry Huggins book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
regina wood
I was first introduced to Henry Huggins when I was in the third grade forty years ago, and I was immediately hooked! I've read every single book in this series, and I read the first few in its spin-off "Ramona" series (they were still being published when I outgrew them). This is the book that started it all. Henry is a third-grader who craves excitement in his life. He takes in a stray dog, whom he names "Ribsy" because of his thinness, and his life is never the same!

The book starts off with Henry's first meeting with Ribsy, and his attempt to bring his new dog home on a city bus. Later, while making his weekly trip to the pet store to buy Ribsy's horsemeat, Henry buys a pair of guppies that are on sale. He doesn't realize that guppies are to fish what rabbits are to mammals, and before long they're starting to take over his bedroom! Later, he loses a football that belongs to his older friend, Scooter McCarthy, and has to find some way to pay for it. Then Henry gets the lead role in the school Christmas operetta. Isn't that good news? Not for Henry! He has to play the part of a little boy who dreams of visiting Santa Claus. Not only does he have to appear onstage in his pajamas and sing a terribly corny song, he has to be kissed by "a dumb old eighth-grade girl" (Henry's own words). Fortunately, Ribsy gets into some mischief and inadvertently bails Henry out of this mess. Henry then enters Ribsy in a dog show, and then later he is almost thrown into panic when Ribsy's original owner comes to claim him! You can probably guess how it ends. After all, if Henry had lost Ribsy, the other books would never have been written.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
pablo laurito
First published in 1951, "Ellen Tebbits" is one of author Beverly Cleary's first books. Although Ellen and the other characters on Tillamook Street soon gave way to the more popular Henry Huggins, Beezus and Ramona, these early stories are charming as well. This volume deals with Ellen finding a new best friend, Austine Allen, who is a perfect ally as Ellen wrestles with various pre-teen anxieties. Ellen is a nice kid, well-adjusted and sincere, but a bit self-conscious. However, when a minor disagreement with Austine escalates unexpectedly and the two girls stop talking to one another, Ellen experiences raw rejection, regret and loneliness. She also has to contend with the half-bratty, half-bullying attentions of Otis Spofford, a troublemaking young boy who is the hero of 1953's "Otis Spofford," which picks up where this book leaves off. If you've enjoyed other Cleary classics, you'll like this one, too, though be aware that her touch isn't quite as light here as on later books. (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I never did read much Cleary growing up...but since the Girl is having some trouble getting into book, I thought this might be a good one for her...and I was right, she absolutely LOVED it. Henry Huggins (like How to Eat Fried Worms) is a bit dated, since it was written in 1949, but the overall feel and character of the story is pretty much timeless. We are presented with a typical neighborhood, family, kids, neighbors of the time that, despite the way we live life today, is presented in a way that is still accessible to kids today (even those not living in suburban neighborhoods. Henry is a typical boy who wants a bit of excitement in his life...and finds it while browsing at the local convenience store, in the form of Ribsy as skinny mutt who he decides to take home (with his mother's permission of course)...on the BUS! This is first of 5 adventures that Henry and Ribsy encounter as they go on through the book (we also get raising guppies, catching thousands of night crawlers, a charming look at Christmas pageants and snow from a 9 year olds perspective, the dog show, and the prospect of Henry having to give up Ribsy). Each is charming and still endearing more than 50 years after it was originally written. We are presented with stories that show Henry as honest and hard working, we learn to have compassion for others and that doing the right thing is always important...all in a humorous and realistic way that doesn't feel like the message is being shoved down our throats! I give it a solid A, even after 50+ years, Henry Huggins is fine reading for 8-10 year olds!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
errin pedersen
I saw this book at a used book sale at a local church bazaar and bought it. I was familiar with the Ramona and Ralph Mouse series by Beverly Cleary but not this series. It was a home run with my 8-year-old son who was a reluctant reader at the beginning of this summer. He read it and then asked to go to the library to get the next two books in the series!!! I also read this story (and the others as well) and I am pleased with the books as a parent. The content is wholesome and Henry is a realistic character with whom boys can relate even though he was created in the 1950's. A boy character who is respectful toward adults, works hard and is resourceful as he figures out how to get out of the mix-ups in which he finds himself is such a nice change from the potty humor and less than desirable portrayal of male characters in series that are popular today. I would much rather my son read this than some of the other series that are marketed toward young male readers. I was pleasantly surprised that the characters and storyline are not dated at all. Although some of the details are clearly from another era (i.e., prices, some of the expressions etc.), they do not detract from the book and it provides an opportunity to discuss with my son how things have changed over time. I am thinking of buying my son all of the books in this series now. This series is definitely worthwhile to encourage boys to read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
chi wai hui
Beverly Cleary is one of the most celebrated authors for children in second through fifth grades - and for good reason! This book is from 1951 and a little bit dated, but the theme is clearly seen and timeless. Ellen is a sweet girl who is a little unsure of herself. She meets a wonderful person, Austine, who makes a friendship with her immediately. The girls become best friends and are very happy. However, as tends to happen with girls in fourth grade, they have a quarrel and are no longer speaking to each other. It takes each of them swallowing their pride to rekindle their friendship.
This book serves as a great example of how friends should act with each other. Repeatedly, Austine is able to see the desires of her best friend and ask questions to bring attention to Ellen's show and tell, or divert attention to keep her from getting embarrassed. When they do have their argument, we see the pain that both of them felt and how they were able to save it with a simple apology and talking through what happened.
Why 5 stars?:
Beverly Cleary has written many books that kids can really relate to. This one is no different as it teaches kids how to make friends, behave loyally towards them, and how to keep them. Moreover, it is entertaining and the theme, while clear, does not dominate due to careful writing. This belongs in the library of elementary classrooms, though it understandably would appeal to girls much more than boys.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
My 9-year-old son wasn't an avid or enthusiastic reader, and when it came time for his first book report, my husband and I panicked. We were afraid we'd never find a book that sparked his interest enough to want to read through to the end.
Thank goodness for Henry Huggins. This story is simply adorable, and I was delighted to see my son laugh out loud as he read the book. After he finished a chaper, he'd run and tell me what new mess Henry and his lovable scoundrel of a dog, Ribsy, had gotten themselves into. In fact, I actually caught my son reading the book on his own, with no prodding from me or his father.
This book was published in 1950 and so my son did have a few questions about why things were so inexpensive in the story, but other than that, "Henry Huggins" is not dated at all and the story is just entertaining now as it was in the 1950s.
I am so thankful that I purchased this book and that it not only kept my son's interest but helped him realize that books could be fun. This story should be a great first "chapter book" for any child who is ready to move past picture books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Ellen Tebbits is the only child of an overly fastidious mother who wants their home to look like a magazine layout. She laments not having friends and being forced to wear one-piece winter woolen underwear during the cold season.

Otis Spofford is her nemesis, a funny bully who loves nothing more than to play jokes on Ellen. A big jokester, Otis' behavior seems more aimed at humor than malice. Otis' mother runs a ballet class over the Payless Drugstore and Ellen is one of her pupils.

Ellen finally gets her wish for a friend. A husky, assertive girl named Austine moves into the neighborhood and the 3rd-graders are classmates. Otis is also in their class. They share similar interests, including walking past a garden with gnomes. (Kind of makes you think of George Harrison and Friar Park). The girls want to dress alike and even go so far as to pick out a fabric with red monkeys that they like. Ellen's mother is a seamstress and makes a very nice dress; Austine's mother can't sew to save her life and poor Austine looks like she got her dress out of the Rag Bag. This causes jealousy and a falling out.

By the time the girls start fourth grade, Austine has snubbed Ellen until a chance to clear the air presents itself. Although this book was written in 1951, it is a timeless classic. The issues of friendship in the early grades and bullies and growing up have not changed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lucy gibson
I read Ellen Tebbits when I was 7 years old. It was my first "chapter" book. I was so entranced by Beverly Cleary's fictional world that I went on to read all the Cleary books available at the time. I have never stopped reading Beverly Cleary, and I have never stopped reading.
Cleary truly understands the feelings of children. She takes their problems seriously - whether it's spats with a best friend, the challenge of bringing in a beet for school, or surviving the shame of long woolen underwear. How well she knows the small and large humiliations of childhood. Her world, one of caring families, healthy and sunlit, is one I never tire of visiting. Now my 10-year-old niece is happily devouring the Ramona books. Beverly Cleary has brought her creative radiance to generations of children. Bless her and her "runaway imagination."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
patricia cruz
I think Ellen Tebbits is a great book. I think everyone who reads Ellen Tebbits will enjoy reading it. It is about a girl, Ellen Tebbits who keeps a secret to herself and thinks if anyone else knows her secret, they would laugh at her. Then, Ellen meets a girl at her ballet class, Austine Allen. Soon, Austine became Ellen's best friend. Ellen also finds out that Austine is very similar to herself. She also has the same secret as Ellen. One day, Ellen now knows that one little mistake changes everything. After that day, Austine was not friends with Ellen just because of what happened. She didn't even agree to talk to Ellen after what happened. Ellen trys to say sorry but Austine wouldn't listen. I think you should read Ellen Tebbits to find out Ellen and Austine's secret and also find out if Austine will ever be Ellen's friend anymore.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I liked this book written by Beverly Cleary. There is a part where Henry is watching his neighbor do something in the grass at night with a flashlight. He discovers that the neighbor is looking for worms after hearing him say "Oops, that one got away." The book was written in 1950 and I think if someone today made a mistake like that they would be swearing up a storm!

Near the end an older boy, in either 7th or 8th grade, discovers that Henry has his dog that ran away over a year ago. The boy saw a picture of Henry and the dog in the newspaper. It would be a sad situation to be in and I think the original owner should keep the dog.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
matt norvell
A little girl named Ellen Tebbits had a secret that nobody knew about, and she wanted it that way. Untill one day at school she meet, Austin. Ellen a new girl, found out later she had the same secret. Later on they became best friends. They found out that haveing deep secrets are not so bad. Ellen tought a little boy by the name, Otis Spofford, was a troublemaker. They always had one another to stick up for each other.
Ellen and her new best friend, Austine, go to Ballerenia class together and spend a lot of time together. One day at ballereina class Ellen was dancing and her hole underwear was falling out of skirt. She got relly uberested because some of the girls had said, she was really upset. Her and Ellen, one night had a sleep over and they got into a fight. A couple days later, at school the girls decided to be friends agian. Also, the little boy, Otis, found out the secret and still is a little tourment to the both of them.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
naduah rugely
This is one of the first books I read in childhood that I have decided to re-explore as an adult! I loved this book as a third grader. I read it over and over and even created a new book cover for it in our school library!

This book is the story of Ellen, who at the beginning of the book has no best friend and doesn't completely fit in with the other girls at her school. When a new student named Austine arrives from California, everything changes that. This charming little book beautifully portrays the ups and downs of friendship between two young girls.

Beverly Cleary has a wonderful knack for being able to write accurately from the point of view of a young child. She really seems to know how a child would react to any situation and explores these situations beautifully within her writing. Sure the book seems to be outdated, but come on, it was written in 1951! I think this book could be an interesting timepiece to today's contemporary child to see how life was lived way back 50 years ago. Moms stayed at home, cleaned houses and sewed pretty dresses for their daughters. Even the way the girls react to Otis teasing them seems to be of another time altogether.

However, despite the outmoded ways in this book, it's a very sweet story and I still enthusiastically recommend it as a good quick read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
angela stringer
Back forty-something years ago Ellen Tebbits was the second book Beverly Cleary wrote. It told the story of an 8-year-old girl who basically has no best friends, wants a best friend, and gets one out of the "Californian" Austine Allen. Friendships like the one between Ellen and Austine (who happen to be in the same class, have the same woolen underwear problem, and also hate the pest Otis Spofford) are rare, and the two girls hold it strong for what should seem like a while. Even though they don't share some of the same characteristics - Austine would rather ride a horse then spend her time reading, Ellen's scared to death about them - they're still best friends. But unfortunately something DOES happen to this friendship, causing what Ellen feared for the most: the absolute silent treatment. For weeks these two former friends aren't speaking to each other. Could this friendship be saved? Will the eight year old girl who feared changing at ballet - until she met Austine - find a best friend in the spunky Californian again? Read and you might just find out. This book is certainly a joy forever, taking you back in time to the 1950s' where woolen underwear was just the world's greatest disappointment. Ellen thought this all - until she met Austine Allen, and things looked up.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
wendy genevieve
This is a great and hilarious book. It takes a seemingly innocuous thing (Henry wanting to get a bike) and turns it into a funny and exciting adventure. Making ordinary kid life come alive is one of the things Beverly Cleary does best. Henry tries many things, and has many funny failures, but of course you know that in a Cleary book everything is somehow going to work out okay in the end. This is great for any kids as well as adults who enjoy Cleary's work.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I had been trying for some time to get my daughter (8) to read some Beverly Cleary with me, but she was having trouble getting in to the stories. This audiobook is just the ticket.

Neil Patrick Harris performs the book BRILLIANTLY, with convincing voices even for Henry's mother. My daughter roared with laughter during a long road trip, and was very sorry when the story came to an end.

The CD is very well done; I have had it for a few years now, and I have listened to it by myself on multiple occasions while driving or cooking. I still enjoy it and giggle at the funny parts every time.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This book was written about 20 years earlier than most of the Ramona books, and it shows. Ellen's mother makes all her clothes for her and worries about her clean floor. (I'm not even sure I *have* a clean floor - or, some days, a floor at all!) The girls wear only dresses to school (and most everyplace else). Otis has a full cowboy outfit (with spurs) and we're told that MOST of the children in the school have a cowboy hat, or even a neckerchief. (When's the last time you saw that sort of cowboy mania? Oh right - back in the 50s, when this was published.) And let's not forget the infamous woolen undies. If it was old-fashioned back in the 50s, and this was the first I'd ever heard of it in the 90s, just think how foreign it must seem to today's third-graders! (And let's put a little note for the names. When is the last time you saw a class full of Ellens and Austines, Otises and Lindas? Ramona is a name that passes the test of time. Otis... not so much.)

But you know what? It doesn't matter. The kids still seem as real as when they were written. They bake brownies, they worry about their teacher not liking them, and they get into a whopper of a fight when Ellen slaps her friend. Everything that happens has a ring of truth to it, even if the details aren't quite like they would be today.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
beth ng
Shy eight-year-old Ellen's life is filled with daily traumas, from being forced to wear itchy, bunch long underwear beneath her tutu to dance class, to longing for her teacher to select her to clap erasers. All this could be bearable, she thinks, if she had a best friend...

Then Austine moves into town. Although she's fresh from California, the two girls have a lot in common (including the dreaded long underwear!) With Austine, Ellen is more confident, and happier than she's ever been before. But then a silly misunderstanding over a dress threatens to ruin their friendship for good...
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
melissa sarno
All of Clearys books I love, this one being one of them! I can relate to the books and get encased in the drama and what is happening in it. Considering this is Clearys first book, it is a masterpiece. It shows you so much emotion in one chapter! If you like this book I would suggest the Ramona series, because they are by Cleary and are the same style of writing.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ile jovcevski
Looking back into the world of my own childhood I realize that the children of today are lacking sadly in the delight and creativity that only their own minds can create. No movie can do justice to the antics of Henry and Ribsy, a duo with amazing talent for mischief, mayhem and madness!

Almost from the moment you crack the paqes in this great work you are swept into the unpredictable world of Beverly Cleary. This author manages to convey lessons in life without overburdening them with importance. She uses her tale to leave us laughing and wishing we could look up and see tat funny do and Henry Huggins fast behind him trying to fix whatever craziness he has started.

If there are any kids in your life, or if you want to slip away and hide in your own childhood for a little while - pick up Henry Huggins and settle in for some serious fun.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Nothing exciting ever happened to Henry Huggins. That is, until the day he met a stray dog and decided that he HAD to keep him. Predictably, he and "Ribsy" have many humorous adventures together, and these stories are what make up "Henry Huggins". From that first ride home that starts on a city bus and ended in a police car, to a dog show that sees Ribsy sporting pink fur, to the final test of loyalty that will make all readers breathless with anticipation, the story is well told. Everything in this book is carried out in a pleasant and easy-to-read manner, so children should have no trouble staying with the story, even if there are few pictures. Even though it was published over 50 years ago, "Henry Huggins" is still a valuable book to have in your collection.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
chuck lee
Ellen Tebbits is a funny story by Beverly Cleary. Ellen Tebbits doesn't have any best friends. Then she meets Austine Allen. They become best friends and do almost everything together. Everything was going fine for Ellen and Austine until Ellen hits Austine in anger. They become enemies and refuse to talk to each other. To make things worse Otis Spofford is teasing them more than ever. Will Austine and Ellen ever be friends again? Read to find out! Ellen Tebbits is one of the best books I ever read. It is a fun way to explore a third and fourth grader's life.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
natalie rocks
My favorite book that I read this year is Ellen Tebbits. It was wriiten by Beverly Cleary. Ellen is in a ballet class. Her teachers name is Mrs Spottford. Mrs. Spottford's son is Otis Spottford keeps teasing her. Her problem is that it is cold outside and book tales about having winter underware. At her bllet class she tries to get there early and she finds out that there was Austine. She was from Califorina.She always talked about it then when Ellen got her ballet costume on, her underware started to show and her ballet uniform started to rip.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I loved the ramona books so when there was a garage sale full of beverly cleary book sets I got this and enjoyed every moment. I was years old and it was the early 90's but I didn't realize then the setting was in the 50's cause I couldn't help but wonder why she had to wear woolen underwear, though I thought it was really cool that ellen's mother stiched dresses for her cause some of my dresses were also stiched then. Anyways there are a lot of funny moments written from a child's point of view. I liked the part where she was in the play too.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Short stories that are perfect for reluctant readers. Everything you could want: worms, dogs, mud and fun. Henry Huggins is a winner.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
traci kimble
I started reading the Henry Huggins books to my son when he was 5 years old. We read a chapter every night and my husband would come in to see what was going on because we were laughing so much! When Henry's mom gave him a home haircut, we cried we laughed so hard. My son is now 22 years old, and he still has his Henry Huggins books. He is saving them for when he has children of his own. I highly recommed these books and anything by Beverly Cleary. Reading with your children is such a joy and these books bring back the wonderful memories that my son and I made while hanging out with Henry and Ribsy.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I was a little put-off about all the 'underwear discussion' at the beginning of this one, although it certainly is the kind of thing a child would obsess over. Still, slightly awkward to read about it when you're a bit older (I knew I should have read these as a kid!). This book really brings out the charm of Ramona and was a highly hilarious read, while at the same time, as all of Cleary's books, being fully relatable (first successful egg break, everyone?) and teaching valuable life lessons. I thought the ending fully wrapped everything up and was absolutely sweet, and I was glad to see that it went back to the very heart of the story: Ellen and Austine.

Rating: 5/5
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
bala kolluru
Re-reading this book brought back so many great childhood memories. I used to check this and other books written by Beverly Cleary at the library at parochial school.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Ellen Tebbits is a superlative book. Ellen has a secret she does not want anyone to know. She encounters a girl. Austine is from Story, California. Austine has the identical secrets Ellen has. Ellen and Austine become really good friends. In Austine's house, they make brownies. The girls get in a titanic fight, and Austine gets a new friend. Will the girls become friends again? This book is the best book. You should read it. This book is interesting, exciting, and successful for all ages!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
nicole bravo
I think this book was a very great book!Ithink ellen was so embarressed that she had to ware woolen underware,it got in the way of her friendship.There was this girl namad Austine Allen,Ellen had yelled at her but when Otis Spotford was irratating Ellen Austine acually helped her.The two both figured out they both had to where woolen underware.The to became friends and then they got into a little fight and did not talk for a while.they both got picked to clap erasers and Ellen ended up pulling Austine's sash.They talked and became friend agian.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tessa mckinley
This was a funny story about a boy and his dog. It all started when Henry Huggins found a lost dog outside of the drugstore one day after buying some ice cream. After a complicated ride on the bus, Henry gets the dog home and his mom says he can keep him. Henry names the dog Ribsy. The two have many adventures in the year they are together. This includes winning a dog show, and getting their picture in a newspaper. Unfortunately it is this very picture that leads the dogs original owner back to the dog.
I liked this book because I thought it was very funny. One particular part of the book has everyone fall to the floor and unable to get up because of some apples a lady dropped when the dog got loose. Henry makes a great buy at the pet store and brings home two guppies that quickly multiply. Before he knows it he has hundreds of baby guppies.
My favorite part of the story is when the original owner tracks them down with the help of the newspaper picture, and wants his dog back. They decide to let the dog choose who he wants to go with. Henry and the stranger stand back and each call to the dog. To Henry's surprise the dogs name is Dizzy. After what seemed like forever to the boys, Ribsy chooses Henry.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
tycen bundgaard
Ellen is so adorable, and it is always nice to re-visit with her story.

Cleary is a classic and truly is able to grasp the terribleness that follows growing up. Ellen's story is no exception - any child who has been asked by a parent to wear something he/she hates will be able to fall in love with how adorable Ellen is...even when she makes a mistake, a mistake that almost costs her her best friend.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cleon wilson
I think this book was a very great book!I thought Ellen was so embarressed that she had to where woolen underware that it got in the way of her friendship.There was a girl named Austine Allen that Ellen had yelled at and Otis Spofford was irritating Ellen Austine had acually helped her.The two both figured out that they both had to ware woolen underware.The two became friends and got into a little fight and did not talk for a while.They both got picked to clap erasers and Ellen pulled Austines sash.They talked and became friends again.
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tara grady
Ramona may be the most popular Cleary character, but Ellen was the one with whom I identified. The chapter where she and Austine try to have matching dresses, but Austine's mother doesn't sew as well as Ellen's, and things don't turn out the way Ellen planned, was so believable that as a child I knew exactly how Ellen felt. And who could forget Ellen's long underwear, or taking the beet to school? An absolutely charming book that I reread just last year. (I'm forty-something!)
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The Beverly Cleary books are great for kids. They show independent children and normal families. In the books are ordinary stress levels, pressure, respect, and consideration. The parents are loving and well-adjusted.

It doesn't get much better than this, especially in the first-and-second-grade boys' categories.

There are lots of worthwhile books with girl heroines, but these Henry Huggins books shine for boys.
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On a scale of one to ten Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary is a twenty. That is why I am going to try to persuade you to read this wonderful book. The first reason you should read this book is because once you pick it up you just cannot put it down. It has so many funny things that happen to Henry, Beezus, and Ramona that you cannot wait to read what happens next. Now I am going to tell you a little about this book. It is about a boy, Henry, who wants a new bicycle. His parents cannot afford to buy him one so he decides to find a way to get the money himself. If you want to know how he gets the money you will have to read the book. But don't think that reading a book about a boy that gets money to get a bike is boring. In this book Beverly Cleary makes it so much more interesting. So if you want a book that you can read that will bring the kid side out of you again, read Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary.
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jess waddell
I read this book to my 6-yr-old daughter. We loved it. A great opportunity for her to listen to a story and use her imagination (instead of looking at pictures). Great way for her to segue from one chapter to another and from book to book with the same characters (we've also read Beezus & Ramona). Cleary's books reflect our neighborhood atmosphere--kids playing in the streets, moms hollering for their kids to come home for dinner and kids going from house to house playing. My teacher read me Cleary's books in the 1960's, and they're still fresh and delightful to me now.
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