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Horrid Henry Early Reader #21: Horrid Henry and the Demon Dinner Lady Award-winning author/illustrator

by Francesca Simon (author)

Suitable for 5 - 7 years

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Product Description

Bags of cheeky fun with Henry to help you start reading on your own. Great colour pictures by Tony Ross, with loads of brand new art. And one screamingly funny story – not too long and not too short. Super reading practice for all you tiny terrors. Disgusting school dinners? Not for Horrid Henry! This greedy little monster always smuggles his own delicious snacks into school. But then the horrible dinner lady, Greasy Greta, takes away his crisps and sweets. How will Henry get revenge?

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Horrid Henry Early Reader (book 21)






Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

Date published

March 14th, 2013

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 3.4; Lower years; 0.5 points




Francesca Simon

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Francesca Simon is the author of the hugely successful Horrid Henry series, which has sold over 15 million copies. Henry is a terrible (but loveable) tearaway who leaves grown-ups in tears, and playmates cowering! Short chapters and line drawings from Tony Ross make these great choices for newly confident readers.

More about Francesca: “I was born in St Louis, Missouri, grew up in Los Angeles and attended both Yale and Oxford Universities, where I specialised in Medieval Studies. I then threw away a lucrative career as a medievalist and worked as a freelance journalist, writing for the Sunday Times, Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Telegraph, and Vogue.

After my son Joshua was born in 1989, I started writing children’s books full time.

I have published over 50 books, including the immensely popular Horrid Henry series, published in 17 countries and now a successful CITV animation series.

I live in London with my husband, son, and Tibetan Spaniel called Shanti.”

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  1. Jane blonde 113694

    on 3 January 2015

    It was funny . I liked it alot you can see henrys point of view.

  2. Default avatar

    on 7 March 2013

    This book is like a reality.

  3. Pearl 113298

    on 7 March 2013

    This book is about a really naughty boy who doesn’t like his food.

    5out of 5
  4. Hayley 113303

    on 7 March 2013

    A amazing book :)

    5out of 5
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  6. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 6 March 2013

    my mum used to read this to my brother

  7. Default avatar

    on 6 March 2013

    the coolest book ever verry funny

  8. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 6 March 2013

    i like it

    5out of 5
  9. Default avatar

    on 5 March 2013

    funny and silly!

  10. Bs purple fish thumb 121

    on 4 March 2013

    one of the first books i read

  11. Avatar lion 761782

    on 4 March 2013

    A great read for younger children, and so funny :)

  12. Evie 113313

    on 4 March 2013

    i wouldent like her 2 come 2 my school

  13. Pearl 113298

    on 4 March 2013

    I used to love the Horrid Henry books – they were always so funny and I loved seeing all the naughty things Henry got up to.

    5out of 5