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Publisher's Summary

Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary gives Henry's dog, Ribsy, center stage in this dog's eye view of the adventure of a lifetime. This classic story about a dog and his boy is as fresh and funny as ever, and the audiobook is appealingly read by Neil Patrick Harris. 

Good ol' Ribsy's ever-curious mind has always gotten him into trouble, but this time he may have gone too far. After a comical turn of events, Ribsy finds himself in the wrong station wagon with the wrong children. 

Ribsy will do anything to find Henry, but there's plenty of excitement to be had along the way - and scoring a touchdown for a local high school team is only part of the fun! 

For kids looking for a fast, funny dog story, Ribsy is a winner. This timeless favorite works well for independent book lovers.

©1964, 1992 Beverly Cleary (P)2001 HarperCollins Publisher

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Really good, except for female voices

My seven and nine year olds really enjoyed this story - Beverly Cleary is a master. The narration is largely wonderful. But the biggest problem I had with this book — one that my daughter felt as well — is that Harris consistently voices female characters as annoying, ridiculous, or killjoys. Boys and men, in contrast, sound much more “normal” and authoritative. Some of this is a testament to the time when Cleary wrote the novel. But Harris could have chosen to voice female characters differently (as he does in Socks, where the mother is portrayed much more sympathetically) — and if he had done so, the audio version would be much stronger.

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Long winded, annoying girls voices, good writing

Not as good as the Ramona books, but engaging enough and the writing is good. I agree with a previous reviewer that the way the female voices are done by the male narrator is annoying. Some of the chapters go into too much detail in their long winded descriptions of action. The chapter about the escaped squirrel is a bit sexist in a dated way (girls squeal, boys are brave). My 6 yo daughter gives this audiobook 2 out of 5 stars and says it was a bit too long.

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We enjoyed it. Family friendly. Well read by Narrator. I love the descriptive language used.

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  • 10-02-2021

Enjoyed by my 5, 7, 9 and 12 year old

A fun book for a long drive! The boys and girls both laughed out loud at the realistic characters that Ribsy meets on his adventure. Neil Patrick Harris, job well done!

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great dog story

great dog story. exciting for the entire family. good to listen to in the car

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  • crystal
  • 13-06-2020

Good book

This Is this the best book I ever listened to in the whole world.
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  • Kristen Messmore
  • 26-03-2020

Amazing

Loved it!me and my sister listen to it alot!its calming. poor Ribsy that flea is so mean!

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  • G Mengucci
  • 04-03-2019

Lovely book!

I absolutely love these books. Neil Patrick Harris did a great job with all the voices. However, being from Portland, Oregon and knowing the book was set there the accents he used didn’t match.

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  • Eric Thomson
  • 08-08-2016

Great for road trips with kids

Excellent narration. We love Neil Patrick Harris reading the Beverly Cleary books. My kids also very much enjoyed Socks.

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  • Hamburgerpatty
  • 09-07-2017

Not just an ordinary boy and his dog story

What did you like most about Ribsy?

What did I like most? Cleary's observations of and understanding of the world of a scruffy canine - the way they run (scissoring their legs) , scratch fleas, view the world and above all SMELL the world. And the Uh Oh moment on which the subsequent drama hinges and what happens when the world tilts for a dog. It isn't all ha ha hee hee. I've not encountered this book for many many decades and there is much in it to delight young readers and teach adults; and much in it to delight adults and teach young readers.

What other book might you compare Ribsy to, and why?

I think Beverly Cleary and many of her novels would compare favourably with RIchmal Crompton. It's the observation of small and minor detail in a child's and dog's life which was described so well in Ribsy. The school classroom, the lunch bags, the walk to school.

Which character – as performed by Neil Patrick Harris – was your favourite?

He brought Ribsy to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Ribsy was on the fire escape.

Any additional comments?

Please sir could we have some more of Beverly Cleary novels especially from her earlier career: Otis Spofford, Ellen Tebbits, Henry and Beezus, Emily's Runaway Imagination. To name a few.

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  • Steve Messersmith
  • 06-05-2019

Fantastic! Highly recommend!

The whole family enjoyed hearing about the dog called Ribsy! Neil Patrick Harris was great and his voice acting made it more enjoyable to listen to.

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