Horrid Henry's Christmas: 4 laugh-out-loud stories!
Francesca Simon & Tony Ross
Sourcebooks, 2009 (2009)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
t's hard to imagine a happy Henry holiday - what horrid things will he do, we wonder, to sabotage Perfect Peter's Christmas? No need to wonder long. Just dive into the '
4 laugh-out-loud stories!
' in Francesca Simon's
Horrid Henry's Christmas
. As always, Tony Ross's dramatically devilish illustrations clearly convey the antics of this UK
Dennis the Menace
t all starts 37 days before Christmas with
Horrid Henry's Christmas Play
. Hoping to be assigned the lead role of '
an all-singing, all-dancing Joseph
' by Miss Battle-Axe, Henry is humiliated with the one-word innkeeper's part while his younger brother is the star. What does Henry do? He ad libs and hilarity ensues.
Horrid Henry's Christmas Presents
, after he and his brother squabble over decorating the tree, Henry's moment of truth arrives. It's time to put out presents and he has none to wrap - '
Why couldn't he just
he wonders. But Henry's an ingenious child; he works something out.
oving on to Christmas Eve, we have
Horrid Henry's Ambush
, in which he plans to '
hold Santa Claus hostage with his Goo-Shooter
' while he takes his pick from the present sack! He sets his trap - can you guess who's caught in it? No-one undeserving for sure.
t last it's Christmas Day and we hear all about
Horrid Henry's Christmas Lunch
, when everything that could possibly go wrong does - in spades! And that's when Henry has his brilliant idea. Chapter book readers can't go wrong with
hilarity - at Christmas or any other time of year!
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