Horrid Henry lives up to his name – his behavior is atrocious! In Horrid Henry and the Scary Sitter, Henry is the star of 4 short, comical stories. Geared to reluctant readers, Horrid Henry will have you yelling, oh no, don’t do it Henry over and over! Henry has your average parents, but he claims they are horrible. He also has a little brother who is Perfect Peter – an adorable lad who always does the right thing, and that just throws Henry over the edge – he doesn’t tolerate good behavior. So what sort of mischief does Henry get into? In the chapter tricks and treats Henry gives his poor little brother a shocking haircut and loses his chance to go trick or treating. He gets to hand out oranges and walnuts instead, but not without first playing his own tricks on the unsuspecting halloweeners while stealing some of their candy at the same time.
In the chapter called the Scary Sitter, Henry has met his match in the bad department. Rabid Rebecca, the toughest teen in town doesn’t take any baloney from Henry – that is until Henry finds out she’s afraid of spiders. He taunts her with one and gets his way of staying up to watch TV and eat junk food.
In each of the stories Henry shows dastardly behavior – he is the ultimate brat. No, Henry is not a good example for your children. But not to worry, they will have no problem recognizing that for themselves, and for the most part Henry suffers consequences for his behaviors. The black and white illustrations are great, and add that much more humor to the book.
Note: Acknowledgments to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for providing me with a copy of this book for my review.