Authors: Francesca Simon
Meet HORRID HENRY the laugh-out-loud worldwide sensation!
Over 15 million copies sold in 27 countries and counting
# 1 chapter book series in the UK
Francesca Simon is the only American author to ever win the Galaxy British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year (past winners include J.K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, and Eoin Colfer).
“Horrid Henry is a fabulous antihero…
a modern comic classic
Wonderfully appealing to girls and boys alike
, a precious rarity at this age.” —Judith Woods,
“The best children’s comic writer.”
I love the Horrid Henry books by Francesca Simon
. They have lots of funny bits in. And Henry always gets into trouble!” —Mia, age 6,
BBC Learning Is Fun
“My two boys love this book, and
I have actually had tears running down my face and had to stop reading because of laughing so hard
.” —T. Franklin, Parent
It’s easy to see why Horrid Henry is the bestselling character for five- to eight-year-olds
“Francesca Simon’s truly horrific little boy is
a monstrously enjoyable creation
. Parents love them because Henry makes their own little darlings seem like angels.” —
Guardian Children’s Books Supplement
“I have tried out the Horrid Henry books with groups of children as a parent, as a babysitter, and as a teacher.
Children love to either hear them read aloud or to read them themselves
.” —Danielle Hall, Teacher
“ A flicker of recognition must pass through most teachers and parents when they read Horrid Henry.
There’s a tiny bit of him in all of us
.” —Nancy Astee,
As a teacher…it’s great to get a series of books my class loves
. They go mad for Horrid Henry.” —A teacher
Henry is a beguiling hero who has entranced millions of reluctant readers
“An absolutely fantastic series a d surely a winner with all children. Long live Francesca Simo and her brilliant books! More, more please!”
Laugh-out-loud reading for both adults and children alike
.” —A parent
Horrid Henry certainly lives up to his name, and his antics are everything you hope your own child will avoid—which is precisely why younger children so enjoy these tales
Independent on Sunday
“Henry might be unbelievably naughty, totally wicked, and utterly horrid, but
he is frequently credited with converting the most reluctant readers into enthusiastic ones
…superb in its simplicity.” —
“Will make you laugh out loud.”
“Parents reading them aloud may be consoled to discover that Henry can always be relied upon to behave worse than any of their own offspring.” —
What is brilliant about the books is that Henry never does anything that is subversive
. She creates an aura of supreme naughtiness (of which children are in awe) but points out that he operates within a safe and secure world…
books.” —Emily Turner,
Angels and Urchins
“Inventive and funny, with appeal for boys and girls alike, and super illustrations by Tony Ross.”
“Accompanied by fantastic black-and-white drawings, the book is a joy to read.
Horrid Henry has an irresistible appeal to everyone—child and adult alike!
He is the child everyone is familiar with—irritating, annoying, but you still cannot help laughing when he gets into yet another scrape. Not quite a devil in disguise but you cannot help wondering at times! No wonder he is so popular!” —Angela Youngman
Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy
Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine
Horrid Henry’s Stinkbomb
Horrid Henry and the Mummy’s Curse
Horrid Henry and the Soccer Fiend
Horrid Henry’s Underpants
Horrid Henry and the Scary Sitter
Horrid Henry’s Christmas
Text © Francesca Simon 2003
Internal illustrations © Tony Ross 2003
Cover illustrations © Tony Ross 2008
Cover and internal design © 2009 by Sourcebooks, Inc.
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The characters and events portrayed in this book are fictitious or are used fictitiously. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.
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Originally published in Great Britain in 2003 by Orion Children’s Books.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Horrid Henry’s underpants / Francesca Simon ; illustrated by Tony Ross.
Originally published: Great Britain : Orion Children’s Books, 2003.
[1. Behavior—Fiction.] I. Ross, Tony, ill. II. Title.
Printed and bound in the United States of America.
VP 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
For Gina Kovarsky
“Ugggh! Gross! Yuck! Blecccccch!”
Horrid Henry glared at the horrible, disgusting food slithering on his plate. Globby slobby blobs. Bumpy lumps. Rubbery blubbery globules of glop. Ugghh!
How Dad and Mom and Peter could eat this swill without throwing up was amazing. Henry poked at the white, knobbly clump. It looked like brains. It felt like brains. Maybe it was… Ewwwwwwww.
Horrid Henry pushed away his plate.
“I can’t eat this,” moaned Henry. “I’ll be sick!”
“Henry! Cauliflower cheese is delicious,” said Mom.
“And nutritious,” said Dad.
“I love it,” said Perfect Peter. “Can I have seconds?”
“It’s nice to know
appreciates my cooking,” said Dad. He frowned at Henry.
“But I hate vegetables,” said Henry. Yuck. Vegetables were so… healthy. And tasted so… vegetably. “I want pizza!”