Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Book Review - Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman

About the Book

Horrid Henry continues his reign of mischief in the U.S. with the release of the award-winning Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman (ISBN 978-1-4022-4256-4; AUGUST 2010; $4.99 U.S./$5.99 CAN; Juvenile Fiction/Chapter; Trade Paperback) by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Tony Ross.

Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman was the Galaxy British Book Award’s Best Children's Book of the Year in 2008 (the “Oscars” of the book world). Francesca Simon is the only American author ever to have won; past winners include JK Rowling.

The book includes four hilarious stories that detail Horrid Henry’s creation of a monster snowman, the writing of his own will (but more interesting is what others should be leaving him), his competition with Moody Margaret in the makeover business, and how Horrid Henry finagles his way out of detention to listen to his favorite author read his new book.

The Horrid Henry books are aimed at children ages 7–12 and are particularly popular with reluctant readers who revel in the misadventures of Horrid Henry, enjoy the comic illustrations by Tony Ross, and, most importantly, gain a sense of accomplishment when finishing each story.

Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman marks the 10th book in the global bestselling Horrid Henry series that Sourcebooks has introduced since launching the series in the U.S. in April 2009. To date, Horrid Henry has sold nearly 15 million copies in 27 countries.

About the Author

FRANCESCA SIMON is the creator of Horrid Henry and author of the series and one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors.  Francesca was born in St. Louis, raised in Los Angeles, attended Yale and moved to the UK to study at Oxford.  She then moved to north London, where she now resides with her husband and son, Joshua. 

Francesca first worked as a freelance journalist, writing for the Sunday Times, Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Telegraph, and Vogue. After her son was born, she started writing children’s books full time. She has been invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the queen in celebration of children’s literature. The Horrid Henry series was made into a popular UK television show and there’s now a Horrid Henry stage show at the West End

TONY ROSS is a prolific illustrator of books for children, including Francesca Simon's Horrid Henry series, Martyn Beardsley's Sir Gadabout stories

My Take on the Book
My eldest daughter and I have read a few other Horrid Henry books and I can say that I am glad to not be his parent. The things that he gets into and the trouble that he invokes makes me happy to have the children that I have! Though I say this, the things that he Henry does do provoke laughter and I can honestly say that I and my daughter truly enjoyed the story itself and the characters within.

If you want to have this book as a part of your own collection you can find it on Amazon!

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