Horrid Henry and the Abonimable Snowman CD set
Given a choice between one of those awful “children’s songs” CDs and this, I’m going for Horrid Henry every time.
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Initial thoughts: Since starting school, Flea has been introduced to a new concept: “naughty”. The (mostly) boys in her class are sometimes naughty and tend to do things involving shoelaces, wet PE kit, smelly cheese and rude bottom jokes. Flea, being a sophisticated girl, thinks this is HYSTERICAL. Coinciding with this new source of humour has been her discovery of Horrid Henry, a little boy who is cheeky and generally causes trouble wherever he goes.
We liked: This set of 12 Horrid Henry stories is read with real humour and verve by Miranda Richardson, and Flea could easily follow the story when we were in the car. The humour is pretty broad and generally involves Henry destroying things, which caused Flea to make a noise I’ve never really heard before – but I think it might have been a bona fide “chuckle”. She loves Horrid Henry and now desires nothing more than a set of Horrid Henry stories and a pyjama set for Christmas.
We weren’t keen: Henry never exactly gets his come-uppance, although he doesn’t exactly win either, so this isn’t the CD to buy if you like simple morality tales. Henry is generally rough, rude and a bit mean to his goody-two-shoes brother and arch rival Moody Margaret.
Overall: Given a choice between this and one of those evil, evil “singing” children’s CDs, I’d go for this every time. The voiceover is pretty entertaining, the tone isn’t too patronising and there are no annoying, squeaky animals to contend with. This has an RRP of £14.99 but is currently just £6.99, making it a perfect gift – bargain!
[Sally, Who’s the Mummy?]