©2007 Suzy Kline, Frank Remkiewicz; (P)2008 Penguin
We have loved Horrible Harry since stumbling across the Christmas one in our local library's audio section. The antics of the kids are mainly truly kidlike, and there are rarely black and white villains and good-guys. My kids (4, 5-1/2 now) are entertained by Harry stories for many, many listenings, and I find myself able to hang with a 5th or 8th listen as well. Harry himself is so imperfect but likeable.
I do wish that the gender-roles were not quite so stereotypical and prominent in these books. Also, although the character Sid is complex - he's often Harry's bad guy, but he's not all-bad, and sometimes Sid and Harry make peace - I haven't yet encountered the same complexity to the character Mary.
This particular Horrible Harry seems shorter and simpler than the others, and there are weaknesses in the plot: why don't any of the other kids look up the sequence when it's mentioned by name?
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