Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

Although Henry has fun going to the Y and swimming and things, he feels like nothing exciting ever happens to him. But then one day he meets a stray, thin, rambunctious dog and names him Ribsy. Little does Henry know of all the excitement he’ll be in for now in Henry Huggins by author Beverly Cleary.

Wow! I’ve read a couple of other Henry books before, but I didn’t know (or didn’t remember?) that this one is actually the first book Cleary ever had published, back in good ol’ 1950.

It’s a fun and pleasant read overall, and a little nostalgic for a reader like me. Typewriters, telephone booths where you can make a call for a nickel, and a young hero who says things like, “Gee, Dad, that’s swell!” Yeah, I laughed out loud a couple good times (Henry is hilarious for trying to write that letter), and it was great to see sisters Beezus (Beatrice) and Ramona where they actually first appear in a book. Been there all the time, but, hey, it’s new to me!

I’m like the author in that the Ramona books that come later are my favorites of Cleary’s work. But what a nice introduction this book is to Henry, Ribsy, and the gang on Klickitat Street.


Note to my blog readers: no, I didn’t actually read an old copy with illustrations by Louis Darling. I have a new copy from Harper instead. But me and my nostalgic self couldn’t resist using that great old book cover up there.


Here’s my review of the second book in the Henry Huggins series, Henry and Beezus.


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