Children's, Cleary-Beverly, Feel-Good, Fiction

#610 Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary

Henry and Ribsy by Beverly ClearyHenry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary

Henry is looking forward to doing a lot of things. One particular Saturday his dad takes him along to get the oil changed in the car. Henry wants to stay in the car as it goes up on the rack more than anything. It’s something that he’s been wanting to try out for a while.

On the way to the shop, Henry’s father tells him about a fishing trip he’s planning and Henry wants to go fishing and catch salmon, maybe a Chinook. At the shop Henry gets to stay in the car, but Ribsy hops out and sniffs around the shop. He also happens to sniff around a police car, where a policeman’s lunch is. He eats the policeman’s lunch and Henry just knows he’s going to be in a ton of trouble, but the policeman isn’t too angry about it.

At home, Henry is supposed to take out the garbage, but Ribsy doesn’t like the garbage man, so the garbage man skips trash pickup at Henry’s house for a week. Things get stinky at the house. Henry realizes that Ribsy was only trying to protect what he saw as Henry’s property and thus the problem seemed to be resolved.

Henry is allowed to go on the fishing trip where he and Ribsy make quite the catch.

What I liked

This dog certainly sounds like he gets into it. It’s funny when it’s not your animal doing all the mischief, then you can laugh. Like, I used to think it was hilarious when my mom used to come home and find that one of her cats had shredded a roll of paper towels. It’s not funny when it’s your own cat that has done it.

What I didn’t like

I know it was just the time, but this bothers me–Henry feeds Ribsy horse meat. Horse meat, as in horses, that are really super smart, and loyal, and live a long time. I don’t like the idea of people consuming horses because of how intelligent they are. I don’t like the idea of people buying horse meat to feed their dogs because of how intelligent horses are. I mean, if I was starving, really starving, not hyperbole-starving, I would eat a horse, but as I have never been in that situation, I have never had to eat a horse.


Henry and Ribsy sure have some adventures.

Weigh In

What is the funniest thing your pet has done that you just had to laugh at even though it was too your detriment?

What’s the funniest thing someone else’s pet has done that you could laugh at because you didn’t have to clean it up?


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