Sunday, February 26, 2012


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Henry and Ribsy, Beverly Cleary, William Morrow & Company, 1954, 192 pp


This was the best book about Henry Huggins so far. Ribsy, Henry's dog, has been getting in trouble lately. Henry wants to go fishing with his dad. The deal is if Henry can keep Ribsy out of trouble for several weeks, he can go fishing.

It is hard, Beezus helps Henry, but Ramona is worse than Ribsy. All the incidents are hilarious as the kids manage to keep Ribsy in line. The pace in this book is relentless.

Then comes the fishing trip with all the great descriptions of the Oregon coast along with the details about how much of a fishing trip consists of discomfort and boredom. Henry as usual is in competition with Scooter.

The climax of the fishing trip is so exciting. I was reading as fast as I could. Henry and Ribsy is the standout of the collection up to this point.

(There are currently four copies of Henry and Ribsy on hand in paperback at Once Upon A Time Bookstore. To find it at your nearest indie bookstore, click on the cover image above.)

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