Ribsy (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 240 pages
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Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary gives Henry's dog, Ribsy, the center stage in this dog's-eye view of the adventure of a lifetime.

Good ol' Ribsy's ever-curious mind has always gotten him into scrapes, but this time he may have gone too far. After a comical turn of events, Ribsy finds himself in the wrong station wagon with the wrong children. Ribsy will do anything to find Henry, but there's plenty of excitement to be had along the way—and scoring a touchdown for a local high school team is only part of the fun!


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Henry Huggins, who was first introduced in 1950, has a dog named Ribsey. One day on a shopping trip, Ribsey becomes hopelessly lost in a huge mall parking lot, where it’s raining hard, the pavement is slick, horns are honking, and drivers are shouting. When Ribsy thinks he has found the Hugginses’ new station wagon at last, he jumps in the open tailgate window and falls asleep, exhausted. However, when he wakes up find himself in the wrong car, the four little Dingley girls pet him, take him home, and give him a violet-scented bubble bath. All Ribsy wants to do is go home to Henry, so he runs away, but that is only the beginning of the liveliest adventure of his life.
After being adopted by Mrs. Frawley, who names him Rags, gives him a red collar, and makes him entertain her club, he runs away again, this time to a two-story, red-brick school where he is made the mascot of Mrs. Sonchek’s second grade. But when there is trouble and he is sent away, he wanders into a high school football game where he is taken home by a boy named Joe Saylor, and when he escapes he ends up in an apartment house with a boy named Larry Biggerstaff. Ribsey has been gone from the Hugginses’ house on Klickitat Street for a month. Will he ever be found? Will he ever make it home? I read Henry Huggins back in 2004, and also remember reading Henry and Ribsey then but forgot that I read Ribsey at that time as well. I did not like Cleary’s Newbery Medal winning Dear Mr. Henshaw, but I enjoyed her books about Ralph S. Mouse and Ellen Tebbets.
The Henry Huggins books are all right, and truthfully I like Ribsey about the best of the ones that I have read. The books about Ramona Quimby, who is the sister of Henry’s friend Beezus, are also all right, though I don’t care as much for them, I suspect because they are written to appeal to girls while the Henry Huggins books are designed to appeal to boys. While many of these books use a lot of euphemisms, the only one in Ribsey is a single occurrence of the word “doggoned.” In the reprint edition of the book, the original classic illustrations by Louis Darling have been replaced with more modern-style ones by Tracy Dockray. As Cleary writes about things from Ribsy’s perspective, she presents some quirky and imaginative experiences that will keep children in suspense.

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Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up.

Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.

Jaqueline Rogers has been a professional children's book illustrator for more than twenty years and has worked on nearly one hundred children's books.

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