Ribsy 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.

Ribsy by Beverly Cleary

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

After a shopping trip gone somewhat wrong, Henry’s dog, Ribsy, ends up lost. So begins an adventure of ups and downs on this lively and loyal canine’s quest to find his way back home in Ribsy by author Beverly Cleary.

Gee. I know I read this book at some point during my childhood, and I’ll bet I enjoyed it. I also think it’s very likely that I enjoyed it even more this time around.

While this is another Henry Huggins and Ribsy tale, this one is mostly from middle-aged Ribsy’s point of view. (Double gee. Did that detail ever stick out to me before, that friendly and enthusiastic Ribsy is middle-aged?)

This book didn’t have quite as many laughs for me as other Henry books, but I felt just as much. Felt for Ribsy through all of the twists and turns on his search for home and his favorite boy. Couldn’t help but smile at Ribsy’s antics and his “making every effort to be charming” even under new and strange circumstances.

It’s funny how insightful this story manages to be, giving glimpses into the lives of an interesting mix of people along the way. And with the way various moments during Ribsy’s journey tugged on my heartstrings, the moments of excitement were all the more satisfying.

Yup. Emotional, exciting, and satisfying all around. A book with plenty more reasons why Cleary is still my all-time favorite children’s book author.


Ribsy’s adventures with Henry Huggins begin in, well, Henry Huggins.


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