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Horrid Henry Meets the Queen by Francesca SimonHorrid Henry Meets the Queen sees the Queen visit Henry’s school. However, much to Henry’s dismay his brother Perfect Peter is chosen by Mrs Battle-Axe to greet her on behalf of the school. All Henry wants to do is ask the Queen how many TV’s she has! In his annoyance Henry winds up his brother about his meeting with royalty only to confuse him when the real meet and greet happens. In his determination to ask the Queen his dying question, in typical Henry fashion he finds a way to get noticed, in the most unusual way! /much to the dismay of her Majesty!!
I love the Horrid Henry series and think Henry is a great loveable character which many children can relate to. With similarities to other famous ‘naughty’ characters such as Dennis the Menace, Mini the Minx and Just William, it brings me back straight to my own childhood! I love the link to history in this book which creates a good opportunity to take a glimpse into Tudor royalty. There is a lot of suspense throughout the story which makes it a great page turner as we know Henry is about to do something wrong, it’s just anticipating what that will be!
The Early Reader series create a great transition children to move away from picture books as it does contain a lot of detailed illustrations within the story, but it looks like a reading book and has a lot more text. For this reason I feel that the book would be particularly suitable for upper KS1 and lower KS2 children to read independently for pleasure which would encourage them to feel a sense of achievement when completing the book. As it is part of the Horrid Henry series it would appeal to children and could help capture their enjoyment of reading, wanting to read more in the series with the ambition to move on to the more detailed Horrid Henry stories. This book could also be read during story time and would link very nicely to history, as a starting point or initial assessment of the children about ‘The Tudors’. In literacy children could partake in a hot seating activity to discuss how they would feel meeting the Queen and could even write a letter asking her questions or inviting her to their school.
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Number One for fiendish fun! Horrid Henry takes to the skies in Up, Up and Away! Horrid Henry is back and cheekier than ever in this brand-new book from the internationally bestselling author Francesca Simon. Contains four brand-new stories, featuring Horrid Henry wreaking havoc on an airplane, being forced to write an essay about the Tudors, sabotaging the school play and sneaking on to a forbidden rollercoaster. Illustrated by Tony Ross , these timeless stories offer an irresistible introduction to reading for pleasure, featuring one of the best-loved characters in children's fiction.