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AIBU to loathe Horrid Henry?

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YouBloodyWolf Sun 25-Nov-12 07:35:43

There isn't one single sympathetic character in the books - not even a loveable miscreant. The children are all nasty, petty, selfish brats with no redeeming features and the adults are just worn-down, bitter and defeated. It's like Eastenders for kids. The stories seem to revolve around selfishness and pointless antagonism and I don't think I've ever seen a decent moral ending where one of the little bastards gets eaten by a rabid dog.

I'm going to write some fanfic where they all get transported to the world of Strewwel Peter.

exoticfruits Sun 25-Nov-12 07:43:09

I don't like them but children do. Children very often like books that don't appeal to adults- it is part of the fun of reading!

Otherworld Sun 25-Nov-12 07:46:58


So many better written books. I would love to ban them but that would only add to the appeal. Thankfully DD moved on quickly. DS on the other hand may love them. If they encourage him to read then I'll just have to live with it.

Awful awful books.

notnagging Sun 25-Nov-12 07:52:17

I have 5ds'.One of them was a reluctant reader but he loves horrid Henry. I am a bithmmat some of the things written especially in the joke book but it is very hard to get some children reading & these do appeal to them.

exoticfruits Sun 25-Nov-12 07:59:05

It certainly will add to the appeal if you are vocal about not liking them! Just let them get on with it and they will be a short phase.

YouBloodyWolf Sun 25-Nov-12 08:11:40

Got to admit, I do kind of like them having a 'subversive' book that they know I dislike. I don't think that's a bad thing at all.

picnicbasketcase Sun 25-Nov-12 08:23:11

They're not to my taste but DS liked them when he was younger. If it helps them learn to love reading it's got to be a good thing, and they do grow out of it.

YouBloodyWolf Sun 25-Nov-12 08:33:55

I'm still not sure it was the best choice for a topic in year 1, but if it gets them reading it can't be too bad. DD is a big reader anyway but some in her class weren't.

Dennis the Menace - he's norty but loveable. Henry's just a little shit.

DeWe Mon 26-Nov-12 12:19:25

I think there's a awful lot of children's books where there is a "naughty" character who deliberately causes problems, then at the end says "aw sorry" and everyone clears up after them saying "doesn't matter" <yes, I'm looking at you Spud and Bob> and then does it again in the next chapter/episode.

I don't think it's good-ds will say "but I've said sorry" as though that's all that matters, for example, and be terribly indignant then he still gets consequences.

Henry's a pain, but Peter is irritatingly good, and his parents are so blatently favourising Peter it's no wonder Henry acts up. That's what I really dislike about them. You sort of feel Henry takes his part in the family as he is the "horrid" one, because there's no space for him otherwise.
What they are good for is discussion. Who would you like to be friends with? Why? Is a great one. Gives them things to think about their dealings with friends.

It would have been nicer if the author had made Henry's parents just stressed out with his behaviour and not really knowing how to cope, much more like Dennis's parents. Certainly in the old Dennis ones, you generally didnt feel he'd got away with being naughty!
And Peter perhaps getting away with stuff because he's little and cute-a bit like the Fudge stories by Judy Blume, rather than "oh I do this perfectly, don't I every one?"

Janeatthebarre Mon 03-Dec-12 15:22:51

I can't really see the appeal of the Horrid Henry books. The stories aren't particularly imaginative and Henry comes across as a brat as opposed to a well meaning but mischievous child such as Willliam in the Richmal Crompton books.

exoticfruits Mon 03-Dec-12 19:27:47

As an adult there is no need to see the appeal! DCs love books that adults hate. They grow out of them.

Leeds2 Mon 03-Dec-12 21:03:26

I loathe Horrid Henry's mum! I sort of feel sorry for Henry. My DD (now 14) was never that interested in the books, but the children in the school library where I volunteer love him! I'm fairly certain that many of them wouldn't read a book for pleasure if it wasn't for HH.

Lavenderhoney Wed 19-Dec-12 18:39:35

I bought one as I heard that small boys ( ds is 5) liked them. He hated it and asked me to give it away. He disliked how Henry behaved and how rude he was.
I was pretty relievedsmile

I did think of the justwilliam books, woud they be suitable for a 5 yr old? I plan to get the faraway tree tomorrow, any other suggestions welcome please..
He loves being read to and reading himself. He will have a go at anything, even my lee childsmile

MoreFrontThanBrighton Wed 19-Dec-12 18:44:26

LOL! That has to be my quote of the week...

Dennis the Menace - he's norty but loveable. Henry's just a little shit.


I hate HH, thankfully my dc weren't interested in the books because they- --are drivel.

Sparrows12 Fri 18-Jan-13 15:03:37

I loved them - I like the rhythm and simplicity of them. I once (years ago) took the girls to watch Francesca Simon read one of her latest stories to a group of children - Horrid Henry and the Museum Visit - and she had them eating from the palm of her hand - much more entertaining than Jacqueline Wilson. Francesca Simon reminds me a lot of Roald Dahl. I don't think much of the "literary quality" of his writing for children either, but I really appreciate how his anarchic and subversive stories appeal to children, and how characters can be so black and white - almost as if they are just meant as a sort of personification of one particular character trait e.g. greediness, rudeness or whatever.

BaconAndAvocado Sun 27-Jan-13 22:15:54

YANBU, I banned the tv programme chez nous after it seemed to affect my 5yo DS's behaviour.
All hideous characters.

wewereherefirst Sun 27-Jan-13 22:17:32

YANBU. I hate the bullying little shit. Give me loveable Dirty Bertie any day.

ravenAK Sun 27-Jan-13 22:18:20

I can't stand the voice on the TV show. <shudder>

Or those weird pink nosetips they all have.

TunipTheVegedude Sun 27-Jan-13 22:23:19

I think they're funny.
And v easy for kids to read which is nice as they're not quite up to Just William yet.

Periwinkle007 Sun 07-Apr-13 07:54:30

I don't like them either. luckily my 2 daughters have seen the TV programme once or twice, decided they didn't like it and won't touch the books with a barge pole even though some of their friends like them.

I was quite disappointed when I looked in WHSmith for more early reader books and they had 2 that weren't Horrid Henry or Moody Margaret.

lots of current children's books are drivel but there is just something about Horrid Henry I don't like. Just William, The Naughtiest Girl in the School are about naughty children but just different in how they are written.

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