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Young readersElementary readersUpper elementary readers
6 stars

Henry and the Clubhouse

AR: 5.1
Lexile: 820
RC: 5.6
by Beverly Cleary     Illus. by Louis Darling
Normal-length Picture Book
Genre: Realistic Funny Fiction

Original post — Monday, September 4, 2006

Henry Huggins and his friends want to build a clubhouse, and they don't want to be bothered by girls. As they work on the clubhouse, Henry continues working on his newspaper route. Ramona Quimby, little sister of his female friend Beezus, decides to become a newspaper carrier also. Of course, this does not mean good news for Henry...

This is an easy to read book following the familiar kids. However, I did not enjoy this as much as I had hoped. I thought Henry was a nice enough kid in the "Ramona Quimby" novels, but on his own he's kind of blah. The best parts, of course, were when Ramona gets involved. She never fails to make me laugh out loud! Unfortunately, she was in less than half the book, so I didn't laugh that much. I would suggest this to fans of Beverly Cleary's "Ramona" books, but only if you've read all the others and don't have anything new to read.

(Last modified:09/04/2006)

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