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Horrid Henry’s Christmas, by Francesca Simon | Book Review

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: December 23, 2009

Horrid Henry's ChristmasHorrid Henry’s Christmas

by Francesca Simon (Author), Tony Ross (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 7-10

Paperback: 112 pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (September 1, 2009)

Source: Publisher

What to expect: Humor, Siblings, Kids, Behavior


As per usual, Simon and Ross connect and engage even the most reluctant of readers to their bestselling “horrid” character, Horrid Henry. This time he is back with more despicable antics! Parents will only be relieved that their children are nothing like him. Christmas trees are ruined, the Nativity play goes to shambles, need I say more.

A great holiday choice for those that are new to chapter books: 4 short stories, large text, illustrations to grab and hold their attention, and humor—nothing beats humor!

Publisher’s synopsis: Horrid Henry sabotages the Christmas play; tries to do all his Christmas shopping without spending any of his allowance; attempts to ambush Santa Claus (to get more presents, of course); and has to endure the worst Christmas dinner ever!

Francesca Simon is one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors. She is the only American to have ever won the Galaxy Book Award, and her creation, Horrid Henry, is the #1 bestselling chapter book series in the UK—with a hit TV show and over fifteen million copies sold! Each book contains four easy-to-read stories and hilarious illustrations by the one and only Tony Ross, so even the most reluctant of readers won’t be able to resist Henry’s amazing talent for trouble!

Add this book to your collection: Horrid Henry’s Christmas

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

  • Sounds like a funny book, I hope Horrid Henry isn’t presented in a good light, children tend to impersonate good AND evil characters.

    August 12, 2010

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