Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire + Make it a Gift

Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire by Francesca Simon

Illustrated by Tony Ross

Review by: Lauren

Copy from publisher, but all opinions are my own

Official Summary: Henry is up to his usual mischief.

Four new stories in which Horrid Henry terrorizes his classmates at a school sleepover in the museum; plays with Perfect Peter and tricks him into handing over all his money; gets out of writing his own story for Miss Battle-Axe by adapting one of Peter's; and meets the Nudie Foodie, a celebrity chef, who comes to the school to improve school dinners. No more burgers! No more chips!

Review: I thought this was the perfect book to review for July 4th, America's Day of Independence, because the author, Francesca Simon, is an American author who now lives in London with her family. Horrid Henry is a much-beloved series and the Zombie Vampire edition is by no means the first collection.

This one, however, includes the following stories (spoilers are included in the brief summaries!)

Horrid Henry Writes a Story- Henry steals his little brother's story for a class assignment. When he is made to read it in front of the kindergarten class, he realizes that it's Peter's classroom and he has to change it in order to not be found out...unfortunately, he proceeds to scare a bunch of little kids!

Horrid Henry and the Nudie Foodie- Henry's school has a chef come to help them create healthy food for the cafeteria. Henry hates this and tries to sabotage the food...except he ends up liking it!

Horrid Henry and the Mad Professor- Henry tricks his brother into playing a game that devoids Peter of most of his money and candy...until their mom finds out and makes Henry give the money back (but he already ate the candy, so he's happy).

Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire- Henry and Peter's classes are having an overnight at the museum. Henry tells Peter and his friends lies about their teachers, in order to frighten them...and it works!

Horrid Henry's stories are fun and it's easy to see Henry in a lot of little boys...he gets in trouble, he doesn't want to hang out with his little brother, and he doesn't follow directions very well...and I'm sure a lot of younger readers would really enjoy him! Each story is just long enough, with a lot of alliterative names (Horrid Henry, Perfect Peter, Rude Ralph, etc.) that I'm sure would be fun to read aloud.

These stories are obviously not for my age group, but they were fun to check out. I know some adults are said to find them quite amusing, and I suppose I agree in a way. They are more of the chuckling, shake your head at Henry's craziness as opposed to laugh out loud.

One aspect of the stories that I love, though, are the illustrations done by Tony Ross. They remind me a lot of the drawings you find in Roald Dahl books (which I enjoyed growing up!) and there is at least one drawing on each spread (meaning if you open the book, at least one side will have an illustration).

Make it a Gift

If you think you know a boy or girl that would enjoy this or any other Horrid Henry book, I suggest adding the following movie to make it a proper gift!

Dennis the Menace on DVD is a perfect addition to Horrid Henry, as he's another young boy prone to getting in trouble...while making viewers laugh!


Liviania said...

I think Horrid Henry will be fun for my nephew when he's older, but I was not a fan of the Dennis the Menace movie.

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

Oh! A Zombie Vampire collection. Fangtastic. Glad you had fun with them.

Sam said...

Oh Horrid Henry! Brings back memories. :) This sounds like a fun set of stories for children. Great review!

Candace said...

This sounds like a book my daughter would enjoy! And Dennis the Menace is always hilarious so it sounds like a fun one for me to read too!

Mimi Valentine said...

Hahahahaha SO CUTE! I think Horrid Henry sounds adorable and same with Dennis the Menace -- and I just love saying their titles too! How awesome do they sound? x) I kinda wish I grew up with these boys instead of the classic Telletubbies/Sailor Moon/Dora trio that bombarded my age of toddlers LOL :')

Awesome review, Lauren! I think my many little cousins would love Horrid Harry! ;) <3

....Petty Witter said...

Love the Dennis DVD you mention though I haven't read any of the Horrid Henry books - something I'm hoping to rectify as soon as our great-nephew is a little older.

Giselle said...

Aww this sounds really cute and adorable!!

Jasprit said...

Ohmy gosh, Dennis the Menace was my all time favourite movie when I was younger! I think my tape actually stopped working afterwards, because of the amount of times I watched it! My sisters also adore Horrid Henry, we get the cartoons over here, so that's all what they seem to watch! :/

Sophia said...

Haha, these Horrid Henry stories sound so fun for a younger age group! I'm glad you enjoyed them, Lauren. :) They just sound so fun and cute.

Rachel said...

Horrid Henry sounds like a hoot! Little mischievous cheeky thing though. It does sound like the perfect gift for the younger crowd. Great review Lauren. :)

Beverley said...

Oh, my friend used to love all the Horrid Henry books - they're hilarious! I'm glad you enjoyed the book, Lauren! And Dennis the Menace on DVD? I never knew about that!
Thanks for sharing :)

Medeia Sharif said...

I've read several Horrid Henry books, but not this one. He's such a fun, wicked character.

L-Diggitty said...

What age range do you think these books are good for? I have an 11 year old niece and 7 year old nephew. The 11 year old is a pretty advanced reader, but I think she still might like these too.

-Ria xo said...

I LOVE Horrid Henry. :D I haven't read the books for years, but I still remember the stories and loving them. (': They are the prefect books to read whilst growing up, amazing for both boys and girls.<3

Awesome review, Lauren!

Ajoop. S said...

This sounds interesting! LOVE the title and the main character sounds fun. Great review, Lauren :)

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I have never heard of Horrid Henry but it sounds like a fun little series to plan reading with my kids when they are a bit older. I am making a note to check this out. Thanks for the recommendation!