Q&A with the kiddo: A kid’s-eye view of Henry Huggins

Book Review: Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary

Why should I be the only book reviewer in the family? I thought it might be fun to get my almost-10-year-old’s opinion once in a while. Proudly introducing: Q&A with the kiddo!

Getting my son to read is a struggle, to put it mildly. And when I have the mental energy, I’m sure I’ll be back to document all the ups and downs… but that’s a topic for another day.

Meanwhile, I was truly delighted this week when my son willingly sat down to read a chapter or two a night, without arguments and with only a minimal amount of fidgeting. Getting him to write something about what he reads would feel too much like homework (oh, the horror!), so an interview-style book review seemed like a win-win approach.

Without further ado — Q&A with the kiddo:

Q: What book did you read this week?

A: Henry Huggins

Q: What was it about?

A: This boy named Henry in 3rd grade, he found a dog and didn’t know its name. He gave the dog ice cream from his ice cream cone and then he called the dog Ribsy because he could see his ribs. Then he called his mom and asked if he could keep him. At the end, the owner came and said, “I miss that dog.” They decided to let the dog choose. It took a while, but he picked Henry.

Q: Did you like the book?

A: Yes.

Q: Who was your favorite character?

A: I don’t know. (Blogger’s aside: I think I was starting to annoy the kiddo at this point; he wanted to get back to his video game…)

Q: Can you give me a general description of what the book was like?

A: Exciting and it had some drama in it.

Q: Would you want to read more about Henry and Ribsy?

A: Yes.

Q: Was this a good reading level for you?

A: Yes.

Q: Who do you think should read this book?

A: Basically anybody. Most kids in 3rd and 4th grade would like it.

So there you have it. We’ll be back with more book opinions from my kiddo, assuming I can get him to sit down and read again any time soon!

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