|About the Book|
This book contains four stories in which Henry wreaks his terrible revenge on those he feels have done him wrong. The first thing that struck me about this book was that the volume level is incredibly high- everyone shouts, screams, shrieks or howls and there seem to be a lot of exclamation marks. The second thing was how extraordinarily negative the behaviour modeled in this book is- adults or children it makes no difference. Anyone who shows any positive behaviour patterns is ridiculed and punished. Now, Im not suggesting that children will necessarily mimic this behaviour, but it must to some degree contribute to normalising it. Also, I didnt find it to be either well written or funny (I mean isnt it just a Dennis the Menace rip off?), so didnt find much to enjoy about this book. In school it could be used for independent reading in situations where everyone is reading in class, but Im not sure if Id want to use it in a whole class setting.