Henry plays a minor role in the story, however, as the narrative focuses primarily on his dog, Ribsy. Like most of the Jean and johnny beverly cleary pdf Huggins books, the incidents in this book follow an ongoing plot line.
Ribsy, denied a ride, chases it at up to 25 miles per hour, and is finally allowed in. At the mall, he is left in it, and lowers the electric window with the button. He eventually wants to return to await Henry, and gets into the first new-smelling car he finds. But a different family, with several daughters and a son, gets in and takes him home with them. He endures a bubble bath and escapes, wandering in search of Henry. Ribsy finds an old lady named Mrs.
Frawley who is telling him to go away when he raises his paw in greeting and she invites him in. After she feeds him dinner, he sleeps while she goes out to shop for her new pet. He chafes at a coat and colorful leash, then escapes. Soon after, he finds himself becoming the unofficial mascot for a class of elementary school students until he is kicked out over an incident with a squirrel. Later, Ribsy sneaks into a high school football game, wanders onto the field, and makes the game-winning tackle. He is caught by a boy who, pleased at the attention he gets for people thinking it was his dog who won the game, takes him in.
The story of the game gains the attention of the Hugginses, who attempt to retrieve him. However, he escapes again after hearing Henry’s voice on the phone and runs off in search of his beloved owner. Later, Ribsy is found by a boy with a tennis ball who lives in an apartment building. He decides to adopt him, but panics when confronted by his landlady and hides him on a fire escape where, fortunately, he is spotted by the Hugginses as they drive through the neighborhood in search of him.
Huggins manages to retrieve him with the help of some nearby workmen and he is happily reunited with Henry. They offer the boy, whose name is Larry, a portion of the reward and help him deal with his landlady before getting back in their car where Ribsy sits beside Henry as they drive home, finally reunited. This page was last edited on 6 February 2018, at 08:24. Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children. Leigh Botts, writing a letter to his favorite author, Boyd Henshaw. He continues to write him letters occasionally until the 6th grade, when he is expected to write a letter to his favorite author. Naturally, he chooses to write to Mr.
Henshaw, and asks him a series of questions. Henshaw writes back with clever and playfully antagonistic responses and some questions for Leigh to answer. Initially Leigh is reluctant to reply to Mr. Henshaw, but Leigh’s mother finds out and demands he show Mr. Henshaw the courtesy of a reply, too. Through his answers to Mr. Henshaw, Leigh’s personal concerns and conflicts are revealed, such as his struggles with his parents’ divorce, his complex relationship with his father, being the new kid in school, and a mysterious lunch thief.
Henshaw encourages Leigh to keep a diary of his thoughts and feelings, and the book then switches from a letter format to a diary, in which he initially writes to Mr. Leigh decides to write for the Young Writers club and receives an honorable mention in the school yearbook. Leigh is, therefore, allowed to have lunch with a famous author. Even though it is not Mr.