Henry and Ribsy (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Henry and Ribsy (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Beverly Cleary, Louis Darling

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Henry's father promises to take him salmon fishing if he can keep Ribsy out of trouble for the next month. But that's no easy task, especially when Ramona gets into the act.


Henry's father promises to take him salmon fishing if he can keep Ribsy out of trouble for the next month. But that's no easy task, especially when Ramona gets into the act.

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New York Times
Ribsy complicates life as only a loyal, bumbling, well-intentioned mutt can. Few writers for children handle everyday comedy so briskly and realistically as Beverly Cleary.
Children's Literature
Back in the good old days when dogs ran loose and got into a lot of neighborhood mischief, Henry Huggins' dog Ribsy, a scruffy mongrel, had to be closely supervised by his master. In return for guaranteeing Ribsy's good behavior, Henry gets to go salmon fishing with his dad. Although Ribsy manages to steal a policeman's lunch, menaces the garbage men and appears to be threatening little children on the school playground, Henry keeps him under enough control to be awarded the fishing trip, which turns out to be rainy, cold, dangerous and almost fishless. Although he behaves disruptively in the fishing boat, Ribsy redeems himself by helping his master end up in glory as he captures a giant Chinook salmon with his bare hands. The setting is Portland, Oregon, in the 1950s. Beverly Cleary understands lovable but disreputable dogs, boastful boys and obstreperous little sisters, and writes of them with humor and understanding in her chapter books. 2001 (orig. 1954), HarperTrophy, $5.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Patricia Dole

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Chapter One

Ribsy and the Lube Job

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,
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!"
Then the sound of a dog barking came out of the radio.

"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.

Meet the Author

Beverly Cleary was born in McMinnville, Oregon, and, until she was old enough to attend school, lived on a farm in Yamhill, a town so small it had no library. Her mother arranged with the State Library to have books sent to Yamhill and acted as librarian in a lodge room upstairs over a bank. There young Beverly learned to love books. However, when the family moved to Portland, Beverly soon found herself in the grammar school's low reading circle, an experience that has given her sympathy for the problems of struggling readers.

By the third grade she had conquered reading and spent much of her childhood either with books or on her way to and from the public library. Before long her school librarian was suggesting that she should write for boys and girls when she grew up. The idea appealed to her, and she decided that someday she would write the books she longed to read but was unable to find on the library shelves, funny stories about her neighborhood and the sort of children she knew. And so Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, and her other beloved characters were born.

When children ask Mrs. Cleary where she finds her ideas, she replies, "From my own experience and from the world around me." She included a passage about the D.E.A.R. program in Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (second chapter) because she was inspired by letters she received from children who participated in "Drop Everything and Read" activities. Their interest and enthusiasm encouraged her to provide the same experience to Ramona, who enjoys D.E.A.R. time with the rest of her class.

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the 2003 National Medal of Artfrom the National Endowment of the Arts and the 1984 John Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw. Her Ramona and Her Father and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 were named 1978 and 1982 Newbery Honor Books, respectively.

Among Mrs. Cleary's other awards are the American Library Association's 1975 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the Catholic Library Association's 1980 Regina Medal, and the University of Southern Mississippi's 1982 Silver Medallion, all presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. In addition, Mrs. Cleary was the 1984 United States author nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, a prestigious international award.

Equally important are the more than 35 statewide awards Mrs. Cleary's books have received based on the direct votes of her young readers. In 2000, to honor her invaluable contributions to children's literature, Beverly Cleary was named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress. This witty and warm author is truly an international favorite. Mrs. Cleary's books appear in over twenty countries in fourteen languages and her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. And her popularity has not diminished. HarperCollins Children's Books recently announced that the film option for Cleary's classic book character, Ramona Quimby, had been sold to Fox 2000 and Denise DiNovi Productions. In addition, Portland, Oregon has proudly created The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden for Children featuring bronze statues of Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ribsy, in the park where Beverly used to play.

Brief Biography

Carmel, California
Date of Birth:
April 12, 1916
Place of Birth:
McMinnville, Oregon
B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1938; B.A. in librarianship, University of Washington (Seattle), 1939

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Henry and Ribsy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
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Part of the book was about Henry and Ribsy going fishing with Henry's dad. I really recommend Beverly Clearly. It is one of my favorites books.
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I loved it if you like Beverly Cleary
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I love henry and ribsy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;-)
andy butchko More than 1 year ago
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 it
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Realy good book
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It is so cool
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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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