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Henry and Beezus
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Henry and Beezus
Henry Huggins Series, Book 2
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Newbery Medal winner Beverly Cleary tells the story of a boy with a goal—and the girl who helps him achieve it.Well-meaning Henry Huggins would do anything to get the bike of his dreams. But...
Newbery Medal winner Beverly Cleary tells the story of a boy with a goal—and the girl who helps him achieve it.Well-meaning Henry Huggins would do anything to get the bike of his dreams. But...
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  • Newbery Medal winner Beverly Cleary tells the story of a boy with a goal—and the girl who helps him achieve it.

    Well-meaning Henry Huggins would do anything to get the bike of his dreams. But every idea he has keeps falling flat. Selling bubble gum on the playground gets him in trouble with his teacher. There's the paper route, but Henry's dog Ribsy nearly ruins that with his nose for mischief.

    Even pesky little Ramona Quimby manages to get in the way of Henry's chance at a bike. But it's with the help of his best friend Beezus that there may be a way. After all—with a friend by your side, anything is possible.

    Don't miss the beloved classic Henry Huggins books from Beverly Cleary. Boys and girls alike will be charmed instantly by an average boy whose life is turned upside down when he meets a lovable puppy with a nose for mischief. These are truly classics that stand the test of time and still leave readers 7-13 smiling.

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  • Chapter One

    Ribsy and the Roast

    Henry Huggins stood by the front window of his square white house on Klickitat Street and wondered why Sunday afternoon seemed so much longer than any other part of the week. Mrs. Huggins was reading a magazine, and Mr. Huggins, puffing on his pipe, was reading the funnies in the Sunday Journal.

    Henry's dog, Ribsy, was asleep in the middle of the living-room rug. As Henry looked at him, he suddenly sat up, scratched hard behind his left ear with his left hind foot, and flopped down again without even bothering to open his eyes.

    Henry pressed his nose against the windowpane and looked out at Klickitat Street. The only person he saw was Scooter McCarthy, who was riding up and down the sidewalk on his bicycle.

    I sure wish I had a bike," remarked Henry to his mother and father, as he watched Scooter.

    I wish you did, too," agreed his mother, "but with prices and taxes going up all the time, I'm afraid we can't get you one this year."

    "Maybe things will be better next year, said Mr. Huggins, dropping the funnies and picking up the sport section.

    Henry sighed. He wanted a bicycle now. He could see himself riding up and down Klickitat Street on a shiny red bike. He would wear his genuine Daniel Boone coonskin cap with the snap-on tail, only he wouldn't wear the tail fastened to the hat. He would tie it to the handle bars so that it would wave in the breeze as he whizzed along.

    "Henry," said Mrs. Huggins, interrupting his thoughts, "Please don't rub your nose against my clean window."

    "All right, Mom, said Henry. I sure wish something would happen around here sometime."

    "Why don't you go over to Robert's house? Maybe he can think of something to do," suggested Mrs. Huggins, as she turned a page of her magazine.

    "O.K.," agreed Henry. Robert's mother said they couldn't give the white mice rides on Robert's electric train any more, but maybe they could think of something else. "Come on, Ribsy," said Henry.

    Ribsy stood up and shook himself, scattering hair over the rug.

    "That dog," sighed Mrs. Huggins.

    Henry thought he had better leave quickly. As he and Ribsy started down the front steps, Robert came around the corner.

    "What's up, Doc?" said Robert.

    "Hi," responded Henry.

    "My dad said maybe if I came over to your house, you could think of something to do," said Robert.

    The boys sat down on the front steps. "Here comes old Scooter," observed Robert. The two boys watched the older boy pumping down the street on his bicycle. He was whistling, and not only was he riding without touching the handle bars, he even had his hands in his pockets.

    " Hi," said Scooter casually, without stopping.

    "Big show-off," muttered Robert. I bet be takes that bike to bed with him."

    "He sure thinks he's smart, " agreed Henry. "He's been riding up and down all afternoon. Come on, let's go around in the back yard, where we won't have to watch old Scooter show off all day. Maybe we can find something to do back there."

    Ribsy followed at the boys' heels. Unfortunately, the back yard was no more interesting than the front. The only sign of life was next door. A large yellow cat was dozing on the Grumbies' back steps, and there was smoke coming from the barbecue pit.

    Robert looked thoughtful. "Does Ribsy ever chase cats?"

    "Not that old Fluffy." Henry, understanding what was on Robert's mind, explained that Mrs. Grumbie sprinkled something called Doggie-B-Gone on her side of the rosebushes. Ribsy disliked the smell of it and was careful to stay on his side of the bushes.

    Robert was disappointed. I thought Ribsy might ..."

    "No such luck," interrupted Henry, looking at his dog, who had settled himself by the back steps to continue his nap. Henry picked a blade of grass...

About the Author-

  • Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up.

    Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!

    Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.

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  • DOGO Books yahirt - This is a very funny book because Henry has a girls bike
  • Kirkus Reviews "A minor classic of a today's Tom Sawyer"
  • Chicago Tribune "A very funny sequel to Henry Huggins"
  • School Library Journal "From his brief experience as a bubble-gum tycoon to the day he buys a bike at an auction, Henry (and Beezus) are at the center of hilarity."
  • English Journal "Good news! Henry Huggins is back!"

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