Horrid Henry has crossed the Atlantic!
Yes, it’s true. And I’m not the first one to tell you. All around the blogosphere, people are talking about Horrid Henry and the recent arrival of the first four books in Francesca Simon’s series. Bianca Schultze has a most apt description at the Children’s Book Review: “[with] revolting-but-captivating stories, large sized text, [and] illustrations included on almost every page … Horrid Henry is exactly what reluctant readers have been waiting for.” The books are a cross between a short-story collection and an illustrated chapter book.
As you know, I have a very large, soft spot in my heart for reluctant readers (or dormant readers as the Book Whisperer likes to call them). Whenever we can match kids with books that can grab them, then the task is simple: just do it! Right next to that spot is my love of libraries spot. So, in honor of great readers-to-be and National Library Week, I’m hosting a (rare) book giveaway here at Scrub-a-Dub-Tub.
The way to spread the most reading joy is to share a book with the most number of kids – whether as a read aloud (Horrid Henry is perfect for that) or by letting a book make the rounds of many hands (ditto). So the winners in this contest will be classroom or local school libraries. Horrid Henry’s publisher Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, sent us the 4-book set for review, and donated five, one-story books specifically for a giveaway. I’ve organized them into two prizes …
The Grand Prize: A Set of Four Horrid Henry books, plus a one-story Horrid Henry chapter book
Four First Prizes: A One-story Horrid Henry book
Anyone can enter the contest … just tell us about your classroom or school library. If you’ve got an idea for engaging dormant readers, we’d love to hear that, too. if you aren’t a teacher or a librarian you can enter on behalf of a school or teacher. We will mail the books directly to the teacher/librarians and explain that you helped them win. Winners will be determined by random number generator.
UPDATE: Due to the slow start for this giveaway, we’re going to accept comments through 22 April 2009. Winners will be announced on 23 April!