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Henry strikes an almost no-win deal with his ...
Henry strikes an almost no-win deal with his father--keep Ribsy out of trouble for one month in order to go salmon fishing. What can one boy do with a dog who steals the policeman's lunch and an ice cream cone from Beezus's little sister, Ramona?
One warm Saturday morning in August, Henry Huggins and his mother and father were eating breakfast in their square white house on Klickitat Street. Henry's dog Ribsy sat close to Henry's chair, hoping for a handout. While Mr. and Mrs. Huggins listened to the nine o'clock news on the radio, Henry tried to think of something interesting he could do that day. Of course he could play ball with Scooter or ride his bicycle over to Robert's house and work on the model railroad, but those were things he could do every day. Today he wanted to do something different, something he had never done before.
Before Henry thought of anything interesting to do, the radio announcer finished the news and four men began to sing. Henry, who heard this program every Saturday, sang with them.
"Woofies Dog Food is the best,Then the sound of a dog barking came out of the radio.
Contains more meat than all the rest.
So buy your dog a can today
And watch it chase his blues away.
Woof, woof, woof, Woofies!"
"R-r-r-wuf!" said Ribsy, looking at the radio.
The announcer's voice cut in. "Is your dog a member of the family?" he asked.
"He sure is!" exclaimed Henry to the radio. "He's the best dog there is."
"Henry, for goodness' sake, turn that down," said Mrs. Huggins, as she poured herself a cup of coffee. "And by the way, Henry, speaking of good dogs reminds me that Mrs. Green said Ribsy ran across the new lawn she just planted. She said he left deep paw prints all the way across."
"Aw, he didn't mean to hurt her old lawn. He wasjust . . ." Henry remembered that Ribsy had run across the lawn because he was chasing the Grumbies' cat. "He was just in a hurry," he finished lamely. "You're a good dog, aren't you, Ribsy?"
Thump, thump, thump went Ribsy's tail on the rug.
"We think he's a good dog, but the neighbors won't if he runs across new lawns and chases cats," said Mr. Huggins.
Henry looked sharply at his father and wondered how he knew about Ribsy's chasing the Grumbies' cat. At the same time he couldn't see why Ribsy was to blame about the lawn. The cat ran across it first, didn't she? "Well, anyway, Ribsy doesn't keep everybody awake barking at night, like that collie in the next block," said Henry.
"Just the same, you better keep an eye on him. We don't want him to be a nuisance to the neighbors." Mr. Huggins laid his napkin beside his plate. "Well, I guess I'll take the car down to the service station for a lube job."
That gave Henry an idea. Here was his chance to do something he had never done before, something he had always wanted to do when his father had the car greased.
"Oh, boy, I . . ." Henry paused because it occurred to him that his mother might not like his idea. He had better wait and ask his father when they got to the service station. "Can I go?" he asked eagerly.
"Sure," answered Mr. Huggins. "Come along."
"Woofies Dog Food is the best," sang Henry, as he and Ribsy climbed into the front seat of the car. Henry sat in the middle beside his father, because Ribsy liked to lean out the window and sniff all the interesting smells. Henry was happy to be going someplace, even just to the service station, with his father. He always had a grownup, man-to-man feeling when they were alone together. He wished his father had time to take him places oftener.
As they drove toward the service station they passed the Rose City Sporting Goods Shop, where Henry noticed the windows filled with tennis rackets, golf clubs, and fishing tackle. Fishing tackle -- that gave Henry a second idea. "Say, Dad," he said, I was wondering if you plan to go fishing pretty soon."
"I expect I will." Mr. Huggins stopped at a red light. "Hector Grumbie and I thought we'd go salmon fishing sometime in September. Why?"
"How about taking me along this year?" Henry tried to sound grown-up and casual.
Mr. Huggins drove past the Supermarket and turned into Al's Thrifty Service Station. "We'll see, he said.
Boy, oh, boy, thought Henry, as he and Ribsy got out of the car near the grease rack. When his father said, "We'll see," he meant, "Yes, unless something unusual happens." If he had said, "Ask your mother," it would mean he didn't care whether Henry went fishing or not. But -- "We'll see!" Henry could see himself sitting in a boat reeling in a salmon -- a Chinook salmon. He could see himself having his picture taken beside his fish and could hear people saying, "Yes, this is Henry Huggins, the boy who caught the enormous Chinook salmon."
When Mr. Huggins had arranged with Al, the owner of the station, to have the car lubricated, he turned to Henry and said, I have to go to the bank and do a few errands. Are you coming with me or do you want to wait here?"
Henry had been so busy thinking about fishing that he had almost forgotten why he came to the filling station in the first place. He looked at the car beside the grease rack and hesitated. Maybe it was a silly idea. Still, it was something he had always wanted to do. "Say . . . uh, Dad, do you suppose I could stay in the car and ride up on the grease rack?"
Mr. Huggins and Al both laughed. "You know, I always wanted to do the same thing when I was a kid," said Mr. Huggins. "It's all right with me, but maybe Al won't think it's such a good idea."Henry and Ribsy. Copyright © by Beverly Cleary. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Book title and author: Henry and Ribsy Beverly Clearly Title of review: Henry and Ribsy Number of stars (1 to 5): 3.5 Introduction Henry and Ribsy was a good book because Henry has to face a challenge by keeping his dog out of trouble so he can go on a fishing trip with his dad but Ribsy is always getting into trouble. Ribsy took a police man's lunch ran into the neighbor's barbecue and will do many other things. Description and summary of main points The main points of this book is that you have to work for what you want to do. And that's what Henry has to do with Ribsy. He always wanted to go fishing with his dad and he told him he can go when he is older and Henry wants to go this year and he tells his friend that when his dad takes him fishing he is going to catch a Chinook, a Chinook is a large salmon fish. But his friend Scooter says that its to big of a fish it weighs 20-30 pounds and he could never catch it. Evaluation I liked the book Henry and Ribsy because it achieves all the goals and purpose of what the book is really about. And it's a really good book for younger children because henry takes a lot of responsibility and shows his parents that they can trust him. Conclusion The conclusion of this book is that Henry was being responsible there are good things that can happen like what he wants to do and that what happens to him. Your final review I gave this book a 3.5 because it teaches kids how to be responsible and that there actions can make something good happen to them
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it,s about how a boy and a dog have to stop getting in trouble so the boy can go fishing because his dad promised him on one condition they stop getting in trouble! if you read this book enjoy itWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 3, 2008
ISBN 0380709171 ¿ Beverly Cleary is one tough author to dislike. She¿s got writing for children down pat, and her books appeal to boys as well as girls ¿ that¿s no small feat in world where everyone looks at Goosebumps as ¿boys¿ books¿ and the Babysitters Club as ¿girls¿ books¿. Cleary simply does ¿children¿s books¿ and does them well. Henry would like very much to go fishing with his father, at the very least so that he can catch a really big Chinook to show up Scooter. Mr. Huggins even agrees to take Henry along, on one condition: keep Ribsy out of trouble until then. Piece of cake! thinks Henry. Blindly loving his dog, he cannot imagine that keeping such a good dog out of trouble would require much effort at all. But Ribsy is Ribsy and, despite Henry¿s confidence, Ribsy just can¿t seem to help himself. Fantastically funny stuff! The trouble Ribsy can manage to get into never fails to make me laugh, even after all these years. While times have changed and your children probably don¿t wander the neighborhood quite as freely as these kids do, children and dogs stay pretty much the same and, man, are they fun. The series of suggestions for how Henry should pull out his loose teeth is, alone, worth the price of the book. Get it for your kid ¿ and be sure to read it, again, yourself. - AnnaLovesBooks, 2008Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 26, 2007
Henry and Ribsy is a very good book and this is how it goes . Henry wanted to go fishing with his dad but he had to keep His dog out of trouble so he could go fishing with his dad . He caught a giant salmon fish at the end of the fishing trip. He had his dad take the pictures of him holding the fish In the air. After that he felt very wonderful after catching that fish. Because he had dreamed of catching that giant salmon fish. And his dream came true because he did not give upon catching that fish that day. The reason why you should read this book is because This book will keep inspiring you to try harder and not To give up on anything at all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.