During an unforgettable year that begins when Henry discovers a lost, hungry dog he calls Ribsy, listeners will have a grand time. Before the suspenseful conclusion, they'll meet Henry's friends on Klickitat Street, including Beezus and her little sister, Ramona, and enjoy lots of hilarious happenings. No wonder this continuously engaging and heartwarming story is a classic!
Henry Huggins ©1950, 1978 Beverly Cleary; Introduction ©2000 Beverly Cleary; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"This exceptional production will delight listeners." (School Library Journal)
"Cleary provides a warm, autobiographical introduction to this excellent adaptation of her first book, which was originally published in 1950....Harris proves a versatile performer taking on a whole community of friendly voices....He nails Henry's sense of innocent wonder and his sweet, honest demeanor in every scene." (Publishers Weekly)
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Well-written stories and outstanding narration make the Henry Huggins and Ramona series high-quality listening entertainment. Neil Patrick Harris does an amazing job with the Henry Huggins stories and Stockard Channing shines in the Ramona series. My 5 year old and I have both enjoyed them immensely. You won't be disappointed.
"Classic given new life with wonderful narration"
Absolutely. Not only is the story a classic, but the narrator is fantastic.
Strong characters and timeless adventures.
I laughed out a loud a few times, along with my children.
This was one of the books we listened to as a family on our first road trip to New Orleans from Chicago. It was definitely one of the top 3 favorites of the kids and enjoyable to us as well. Nice to share a story that I loved as a child, brought to life by the wonderful and witty narration of Neil Patrick Harris.
"Delightful visit on Klickitat Street"
Neil Patrick Harris does a lovely job with his characterizations, and the stories, of course, are from another time and age, when troubles could really be quite sweet (anyone for dozens of Mason jars full of fish?). I remember these stories from my childhood, and now I listen to them with my kids, who laugh and giggle and can't wait for the next chapter. Hats off to Beverly Cleary and Henry Huggins.
"Forget Hawthone and Melville, Cleary is timeless"
The Henry Huggins series by Beverly Cleary was my introduction to "big boy" reading as a child and if not for Cleary I might never have gone to read the other classics. Listening to them again brought back many wonderful memories. I can't wait to introduce my son to Henry and Ribsy (but he'll get the books).
These stories hold up over time. Completely enjoyable.
My 5 year old is absolutely loving listening to this in the car! He keeps asking to 'turn on my book' as soon as we get in the car to go some place. I bought this first one because I wanted to see if he'd like it. I've bought a few other kids books for road trips and they were alright but did not get this response. I'm even enjoying it. I will be purchasing the collection!
"We listen again and again"
My 4 year old son loves this book and we really enjoy listening to NPH reading it.
Very well done - a safe book for children to become immersed and not have to worry about adult topics and inappropriate inuendo. Performance was excellent!
I don't typically review kids' books. But we are just back from a vacation with our 5 & 7 year old grandkids--and we listened to this book, as well as "Henry & Beezus" and "Henry & the Clubhouse". They were all wonderful!
I'm so used to serious lit and adult mysteries, that it was a pleasant surprise and change of pace to listen to these. My husband and I found them as charming as our grandsons did. The kids never uttered a whimper of protest or "when are we going to get there?" during a fairly long car trip because they were just fascinated by the various adventures of Henry Huggins and his dog Ribsy. There is also a lot of interaction with Beezus and Ramona Quinby (from the "Ramona the Pest" series).
These were originally published in the 1950's I think--and believe me when I say--they have lost none of their charm since then. Our kids read them a generation ago, and now our grandchildren are listening to them. There is something totally timeless about the way Beverly Cleary touches so perfectly on the behaviors and feelings and behavioral strategies of elementary school-aged kids.
Charming. Delightful. Amusing. Perceptive. Clever. Fun. Captivating stories. And here is a shout out to Neil Patrick Harris who narrated them all. If you want something for kids of this age range, you can't go wrong with the Beverly Cleary series. And this narration is simply wonderful! Though I don't read or listen to too many kids' stories these days--I highly recommend this series! Kids can totally relate to the situations that are described, despite the span of years since originally published.
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