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Henry and Beezus (1952)

by Beverly Cleary

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Series: Henry Huggins (2)

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Newbery Medal winner Beverly Cleary tells the story of a boy with a goalā??and the girl who helps him achieve it.

Well-meaning Henry Huggins would do anything to get the bike of his dreams. But every idea he has keeps falling flat. Selling bubble gum on the playground gets him in trouble with his teacher. There's the paper route, but Henry's dog Ribsy nearly ruins that with his nose for mischief.

Even pesky little Ramona Quimby manages to get in the way of Henry's chance at a bike. But it's with the help of his best friend Beezus that there may be a way. After allā??with a friend by your side, anything is possible.

Don't miss the beloved classic Henry Huggins books from Beverly Cleary. Boys and girls alike will be charmed instantly by an average boy whose life is turned upside down when he meets a lovable puppy with a nose for mischief. These are truly classics that stand the test of time and still leave readers 7-13 smiling… (more)

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My daughter and I have read all the Ramona books, so now we're moving on to the Henry books. There were some funny parts for sure (like when Henry trains Ribsy to retrieve their newspaper but Ribsy ends up retrieving *every* newspaper on Klickitat Street or when Henry thinks he can sell gum to get rich and it backfires big time) but Henry's attitude toward girls was not cool. Even though this is an everyday life book, I'm tagging it as historical fiction because of the casual sexism.

I had always thought of Henry Huggins as a nice kid but in this book he treats Ramona and Beezus with such disdain. I think part of it might've been the audiobook narrator's performance. He put this harsh edge in Henry's voice that doesn't need to be there.

Why do I keep choosing these Beverly Cleary books when they are so dated? They crack us up and the characters are very endearing. Ramona is like a real person to us. We also read contemporary everyday life stories (we've enjoyed Ivy Bean, Mya Tibbs, Meet Yasmin, Jasmine Toguchi, and especially Anna Hibiscus). But Ramona remains #1 in our hearts. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: Grade 4
Awards: Newbery Honor
  PaigeDavison | Apr 29, 2023 |
A cute, simple, elementary level book about a boy struggling to get a new bicycle, with the help of his friend Beezus, and accompanied by the antics of his dog, Ribsy.
Originally published in 1952, it holds up remarkably well. ( )
  fingerpost | Apr 3, 2021 |
Poor Henry really wants a bike. His parents can't afford to get him one, so he endeavors to earn the money, but something always goes wrong. He is to help a neighbor deliver papers, but his dog collects them and brings them all back, he tries to buy a bike at an auction, but can't get close enough to be heard. With the help of his neighbor Beezus and her little sister, he gets a bike, but -horrors!- it's a girl's bike! Wonderful story about a boy and his neighbors. ( )
  Marse | May 23, 2018 |
As much as I like Cleary's stuff, this one is a bit dated and made me a little uncomfortable reading it. Henry really wants a bike but can't afford a new one, so he buys one at an auction with the help of Beezus, who accidentally bids on a girl's bike for him. Then follows much lamenting of the fact that he has a girl's bike and such. Plus, he complains a lot about having to hang out with girls and what a nuisance they can be. Not helpful, really, when you're trying to raise a kid to look past this sort of nonsense. ( )
  scaifea | May 25, 2017 |
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Cleary, Beverlyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Darling, LouisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dockray, TracyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lambert, ThelmaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roberts, WilliamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tiegreen, AlanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Henry Huggins stood by the front window of his square white house on Klickitat Street and wondered why Sunday afternoon seemed so much longer than any other part of the week.
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Henry couldn't believe it. Forty-nine boxes of bubble gum, and three hundred balls in each box! It was enough to last the rest of his life. He would never have to park his gum again. He was rich!
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Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:

Newbery Medal winner Beverly Cleary tells the story of a boy with a goalā??and the girl who helps him achieve it.

Well-meaning Henry Huggins would do anything to get the bike of his dreams. But every idea he has keeps falling flat. Selling bubble gum on the playground gets him in trouble with his teacher. There's the paper route, but Henry's dog Ribsy nearly ruins that with his nose for mischief.

Even pesky little Ramona Quimby manages to get in the way of Henry's chance at a bike. But it's with the help of his best friend Beezus that there may be a way. After allā??with a friend by your side, anything is possible.

Don't miss the beloved classic Henry Huggins books from Beverly Cleary. Boys and girls alike will be charmed instantly by an average boy whose life is turned upside down when he meets a lovable puppy with a nose for mischief. These are truly classics that stand the test of time and still leave readers 7-13 smiling

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