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Total UK sales across the Horrid Henry range over 8 million copies. Backlist sales grew by 50% in 2004. Horrid Henry is a top favourite with children. Very high media profile. 'Forget Harry Potter, it's a wicked, spiteful boy who's really firing kids' imaginations' says THE GUARDIAN. Full range of POS including posters, bookmarks, dumpbins and stickers.
Francesca Simon spent her childhood on the beach in California, and then went to Yale and Oxford Universities to study medieval history and literature. She now lives in London with her English husband, Martin, and their son. When she is not writing books she is doing theatre and restaurant reviews or chasing after her Tibetan Spaniel, Shanti. Tony Ross is one of the most popular and successful of all children's illustrators, with many picture books to his name as well as line drawings for many fiction titles.
Gr 2-4-In the first book, four short chapters follow Henry as he tries to have a perfect day (and upstages his brother, Perfect Peter), disrupts a dance recital with his imitation of a pterodactyl, meets his piratical match in neighbor Moody Margaret, and sabotages a family camping vacation. In the second book, he constructs a time machine from a box and tricks his brother into believing it really does send him into the future, discovers surprises at a fancy French restaurant (he likes snails!), ruins a family walk in the country, and finds himself the target of his brother's revenge. Short, easy-to-read chapters will appeal to early readers, who will laugh at Henry's exaggerated antics and relate to his rambunctious personality. The boy always seems to end up getting what he wants-though in roundabout ways-and this series will most likely be as popular in the United States as it has been in Britain. Ross's comical illustrations perfectly complement the texts.-Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
'Francesca Simon's lovably evil anti-hero, Horrid Henry, and his grotesquely good younger brother, Perfect Peter, cross swords again in these four new stories. The best sees Horrid Henry duping Perfect Peter into believing the cardboard box in the sitting room really is a time machine. ...Francesca Simon presses all the right buttons' -- Katie Law EVENING STANDARD '...will make you laugh out loud. Francesca Simon's inventiveness ensures... each of the four new episodes of Henry's enjoyable awfulness and his brother Peter's namby-pamby virtuousness is freshly funny' -- Nicolette Jones SUNDAY TIMES 'Four new Horrid Henry stories for the holiday suitcase including Horrid Henry builds a time machine (wach out Perfect Peter) and Horrid Henry forced to go hiking. Will be top of my son's bag' ANGELS & URCHINS MAGAZINE Four hideously funny stories about the eternal battle between Horrid Henry and his brother Perfect Peter, involving tricks, pranks, revenge and an unexpectedly successful family meal at the snobby restaurant Le Posh. -- Amanda Craig SATURDAY TIMES 13.8.05 'wonderfully appealing to girls and boys alike, a precious rarity at this age' -- Judith Woods TIMES (Books) 27/8/05 'What is brilliant about the books is that Henry never does anything that is subversive. She creates an aura of supreme naughtiness (of which children are in awe) but points out that he operates within a safe and secure world. ...eminently readable books' -- Emily Turner ANGELS AND URCHINS MAGAZINE 'Another brilliant collection of utterly wicked and funny adventures from our favourite naughty boy... four fabulous new stories' CHILD EDUCATION MAGAZINE 'There's something wonderfully subversive about Henry and his horrid ways, which probably explains why so many children are utterly captivated by these funny stories. Perfectly pitched for younger readers, they never patronise even the youngest of readers. She also manages to inject just the right amount of mischievous fun into each naughty story to encourage readers to carry on to the next self-contained tale.' -- Damian Kelleher JUNIOR EDUCATION 'A well-designed book, with good pictures' -- Wendy Cooling CHILD EDUCATION MAGAZINE 'an especially clever collection which may just deflect fights under the Christmas tree for 6-9s.' -- Amanda Craig THE TIMES 'newly confident readers can't go wrong with Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine, featuring the adorably nasty brat and his frightful younger brother, Perfect Peter.' -- Katie Law EVENING STANDARD 19.12.05 'Henry is really naughty and makes me laugh. He's very funny and he has lots of adventures.' -- Martha, age 5 BELLA