Friday, May 30, 2014

Flashback Friday: Henry Huggins


A certain little 8 year old boy is very popular in our house right now. I hear my younger boys talking about him; I hear his voice wafting from their room. He is Henry Huggins, and he stepped right out of 1950 and into their bedroom to bring captivating stories of things like smuggling a dog onto a city bus, digging more than 1300 worms to earn money for a football, and buying a fish that then gives birth to 15 more fish.


As Henry moves through the series, he ages from 8 to 11, but he is adventurous, responsible, fun-loving, well-meaning, and maybe a bit trouble-prone. From raising money for a bike in Henry and Beezus to proving his capability at delivering papers in Henry and the Paper Route, there is never a dull moment with Henry, Beezus, Ramona, and Ribsy around. Although the stories are somewhat dated, they are full of the innocent adventures that should mark every childhood. Occasionally, I hear a question from my boys, "What's a phone booth? A fishbowl, fish, snail, and water plants are only $.75?!" But mostly, they just take the stories at face value and thoroughly enjoy each one.


Now, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. You can get this entire series of book, 6 books in all, in audiobook format together for one price! Neil Patrick Harris provides the narration with fabulous enthusiasm. Audible.com has all 6 Henry Huggins books together in one collection for the cost of 1 credit, if you are a member. If you aren't a member, you can join with a free trial membership and get this set with your free credit! If you aren't a member, and aren't interested in joining, the non-member cost is still only $33 dollars which is less than $6 per book, still an excellent price for audiobooks.


If you are interested in the paperbacks instead, you can find them in the Books with Strong Males section of The Book Children Store.

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