Reviewed by Jenny Seymour
The front cover and artwork are very colourful and inviting – my boys love the illustrations of Horrid Henry.
It makes it clear that this book is for early readers. Although, it could be a bit more clear what each of blue and red early reader categories mean. At the moment, it says a blue early reader is perfect for sharing and reading together and red early reader is the next step on your reading journey – so it leaves it very flexible, but also leaving it to the adult to work out which category would be most appropriate for them and their children.
This series of books are for young early readers and are fabulous for engaging children and encouraging them to read on their own for fun and to enjoy books!
The series includes some wonderful titles – “Chocolate Porridge”, “Monday’s at Monster School” and “The Pirate’s Picnic” for the younger readers and then these Horrid Henry books and space adventures for the older reader are great to encourage, particularly young boys to read.
At first I was a bit dismayed when my boys wanted to watch Horrid Henry on TV and then read about him – was this a good example to set my boys? Would Horrid Henry introduce ideas of bad behaviour? But actually the stories are great fun. Me and my husband and my boys all loved reading these stories together. They really made us laugh.
We then talked about the stories afterwards and asked the boys why what Horrid Henry was doing was unkind, so actually it aided a discussion about what would be the right thing to do.
I thought the boys would be put off by the size of the book and the number of pages, but actually this was a great first introduction into chapter books. They loved putting their bookmark in each night and pick it up the next night to see what happened next.
In terms of reading skills, my 5½ year (year 1) old struggled, but my almost 7 year old (year 2) was able to read it fairly fluently. It was lovely to read it together as a family.
A really bright, colourful and engaging book of short stories. Well written and good value. I will definitely be buying other books from this series for my 6/7 year old boys.
RRP: £9.99 (paperback), £12.99 (hardback) / £2.99 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.