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To think that Horrid Henry is..

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bridgeandbow Sun 08-May-11 08:42:39

just well - horrid, as well as poorly parented, undisciplined, unaware of consequences and, quite frankly, a total brat. All made worse by the fact that his more sensitive brother is portrayed as a bit of a wimp.

My DS 5 got a book for his birthday, we have read one story and both agree that it is rubbish. Why should my son want read about this brat?

BelovedCunt Sun 08-May-11 08:44:59

dd loves it!

BeerTricksPotter Sun 08-May-11 08:50:29

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Othersideofthechannel Sun 08-May-11 08:52:50

I agree.

Have you read Jeremy James?

ragged Sun 08-May-11 08:56:24

Then read things you do like <Shrug>. And make sure to avoid the Beano at all costs, as well as Calvin & Hobbes, because if you think Henry misbehaves...

I have trouble getting DS to read anything but comics, so if Horrid Henry is almost the only chapter book he'll eagerly read, fine by me.

FreudianSlipOnACrown Sun 08-May-11 08:56:26

The animation is shit too. IMHO.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Sun 08-May-11 10:16:32

Oh I the kids love 'Horrid Henry', so funny and I much prefer that type of animation to the CGI stuff....

colditz Sun 08-May-11 10:21:24

I feel a bit sorry for Horrid Henry. I feel he'd be a darned sight less horrid if heis parents showed him some affection.

kreecherlivesupstairs Sun 08-May-11 10:24:58

I hate hate hate Horrid Henry. DD is a voracious reader and HH was banned.
OP, try Jeremy Strong, he is funny (for children) without the horridness of HH.

Othersideofthechannel Sun 08-May-11 10:27:01

Me too Colditz!

It's the awful parents which I hate about HH.

BelovedCunt Sun 08-May-11 10:27:26

compared to the rainbow fairies and princess poppy hh is on a par with shakespeare

Snorbs Sun 08-May-11 10:29:31

Both my DCs went through phases of being massive Horrid Henry fans. Both of them commented on how much his parents shout at him and treat him unfairly.

I hate the Horrid Henry TV show, my nephew watches it but I haven't let LO anywhere near it. As someone said, it's shouty and the voices get on my nerves. Haven't read the books. But I do think Henry's parents are all about the brother and they get on my nerves just as much as the shouty voices do.

ragged I love Calvin and Hobbes though. It's in a different league to HH.

Chil1234 Sun 08-May-11 10:47:19

My rather po-faced DS refused to read Horrid Henry on the grounds of 'why would I want to read about a naughty boy?!' LOL. But he loves Bart Simpson and Dennis the Menace so there's hope for the lad yet.

Collision Sun 08-May-11 10:49:23

We had to ban the Tv show when ds was about 6 as his behaviour was shocking and he repeated some of the things HH said! DH hated it!

However he is now 9 and will watch it occasionally and is a much nicer child now!

wook Sun 08-May-11 10:51:16

Horrid Henry is hilarious.

reallytired Sun 08-May-11 11:11:37

I like horrid henry. Its shows how children live up to their labels. Perfect Peter is the Golden Child where as poor Henry is the scapegoat child. I am sure that a child pychologist/ family support worker would have their work cut out with that family.

My son hasn't been harmed by horrid henry.

Bottleofbeer Sun 08-May-11 11:32:36

I love him! and grizzle tales for gruesome kids!

Oh I love Henry, perfect fecking Peter however makes my teeth itch, snivelling little shit. He has a dark side to him, you mark my words <<taps nose>>

I think Henry has just been unluckey being lumbered with shite parents who have no sense of humour and make no secret of favouring his sheep headed, blue eyed, psycopathic brother. So there !

HeadfirstForHalos Sun 08-May-11 12:04:27

Yes, I think when they are much older, Henry will be a regular person and Peter will be psychopathic. There's something "wrong" about him.

mercibucket Sun 08-May-11 12:05:10

imo it's hilarious and there's plenty of fun to be had at the parents expense as well as the dark side of Perfect Peter (agree with you, apocalypsecheesetoastie)
I don't think it's supposed to be read as a manual on how to behave at home grin

MollieO Sun 08-May-11 12:07:14

If you don't like Horrid Henry you'll absolutely hate Captain Underpants. The protagonists in those stories, Harold and George, make Henry seem positively angelic. Reading them hasn't turned Ds into a juvenile dinwuent although he does like drawing the characters and taking the pictures into school for his teacher "Mrs X I've drawn you a picture of Professor Poopypants"! grin

MollieO Sun 08-May-11 12:07:52

Dinweunt? Delinquent!

sleepingsowell Sun 08-May-11 12:11:44

Am glad DS has moved on from liking these stories - I found the writing SOOO pedestrian and horrible to read aloud.
I didn't hate the whole thing though, I think it's to be taken with humour. I did like the way that very occasionally Henry even won the day despite being 'horrid'.
It's a genuine 'kids' book' I think because many adults really dislike but most kids seem to like!
Once or twice DS and I had some good chats about families as a result, for example where the mother doesn't find out what has happened but immediately blames Henry. Used it as a chance to talk about how parents can get things wrong sometimes and as a chance to chat about what is being a 'good' parent, and that I think is actually useful and hasn't come about through other stories DS had come across.

aldiwhore Sun 08-May-11 13:22:31

I don't like either HH or PP.... but I want to shake their (cartoon) parents vigorously!

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