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Horrible Harry and the Purple People
     

Horrible Harry and the Purple People

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by Suzy Kline, Frank Remkiewicz (Artist)
 

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Room 2B been invaded by purple people! That's what Harry is saying, but no one else believes him. Can he prove that the purple people are real?

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Room 2B been invaded by purple people! That's what Harry is saying, but no one else believes him. Can he prove that the purple people are real?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
The eleventh in the "Horrible Harry" series, this one deals with Harry's inventive imagination and the flat-footed literal Mary's unwillingness to play his game. When Harry says it's the Purple People who find lost things, or create some class mischief, Mary demands to see them. The humorous ending features some misplaced grape juice but the strength of these stories are the warm way they portray a typical group of second graders in all the small rivalries that can develop and the kindly teacher who is holding things together in the background. Here she's reading "Alice in Wonderland" and her observation that people need a little magic in their lives is taken to heart.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4Once again, Harry shows that he has a great imagination. Here, he says that there are invisible purple people in Miss Mackle's classroom, but Mary knows there's no such thing. When Miss Mackle, who has been reading Alice in Wonderland, throws a tea party for the class, Harry decides to invite one of the purple people and pulls a prank to prove that they do indeed exist. Harry and his classmates form a wonderful group of characters. There is a certain respectful camaraderie within this circle of friends that is refreshing, and the author demonstrates a clear understanding of the ways of children. The youngsters are funny and intelligent, and readers will no doubt be tempted by Harry's mischievous ideas. Miss Mackle is depicted as an understanding teacher who shares in their camaraderie. Children will love this inventive addition to the "Horrible Harry" books and will look forward to more.Carrie A. Guarria, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Kline (Marvin and the Mean Words, p. 641, etc.) lets loose with the further adventures of Harry, who, in the last week of second grade, has become even more of a cut-up than usual. Miss Mackle is apparently spending the day (Kline is somewhat vague on the timing) reading Alice in Wonderland to the class. Harry insists there are invisible Purple People in the room; after he appears to tame a bee and find a lost lunch card with the "help" of the Purple People, his skeptical classmates start to wonder about his claims. Harry's announcement that a Purple Person will join them at their class tea party produces the book's only moments of suspense; the climax, in which Harry produces one of the Purple People by throwing grape juice on a classmate, is disappointing; then again, Kline isn't attempting to make grand statements or to pound in any major morals. A silly story that unfolds harmlessly.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140382235
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Series:
Horrible Harry Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
202,592
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.17(d)
Lexile:
450L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Suzy Kline, the author of nineteen previous Horrible Harry books and four books about Song Lee, lives in Willington Connecticut with her husband, Rufus. Suzy and Rufus have been married for thirty-eight years. They met in the state where they both grew up: California. Suzy grew up in Berkeley and Rufus in Sacramento. Suzy graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in European history. She met Rufus at the Davis campus while attending that campus for a year. They got married and lived in different places, including Canada, before settling into Connecticut, the state they now call home.

Suzy taught in 5th and 6th grades at Shannon Elementary School in Richmond, California for 3 years, and 2nd and 3rd grades at Southwest Elementary School in Torrington, Connecticut for 24 years before retiring this past June. She now enjoys writing full-time and visiting schools and libraries. The couple share their home with two cats, Teeter and Hoag. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Emily, and four grandchildren: Jake, Kenna, Gabby and Saylor. A fifth grandchild is due in September, 2006. Suzy's mother just turned 96. She dedicated her most recent book, Horrible Harry Takes the Cake to her.

Suzy and Rufus enjoy attending UConn football and basketball games, and Suzy uses the UConn library as a reference for her writing facts.

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Horrible Harry and the Purple People 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it was very interesting about the purple people. I wonder how she came up with the idea of the purple people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite part of the story was when Harry was like perple people perple people shoot the been away.The bee flew away.Mary was like she don't blive Harry.The book was funny.Then Sidney's lunch card was missing.Harry was like perple people plese get the lunch card frum under she shelf.It went out.Then one of is friend was bleting.When Mary meets one of the people,It was funny.I like the book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Laura Metts More than 1 year ago
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