Sunday, 16 November 2014

Horrid Henry's Christmas Lunch Review

Sadly this isn't a review of a Christmas dinner, although I'm sure a lot of you would be delighted at the prospect of not having to cook one! Horrid Henry's Christmas Lunch, as written by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Tony Ross, is one of the latest releases from Orion books.

Horrid Henry's Christmas Lunch Early Reader book review

Horrid Henry's Christmas Lunch is a Red Band Early Reader, and ideal for those who are starting to read independently. My 6 year old can just about read this to himself, and the format is perfect for him with wide spacing, easy and repetitive langauge, and plenty of great illustrations.


The first Horrid Henry book was published 20 years ago, and he has sold over 20 million books. We have several and my children have always enjoyed them - and this is no exception. This book is also the 100th in the Orion Books Early Readers series - many of which we've also reviewed.

Horrid Henry's Christmas Lunch 100th Early Reader from Orion Books

Henry really does start out thoroughly horrid and ungrateful in this book, which shocked my 4 and 6 year olds. His bad manners and rudeness don't get him anywhere though, and as with all good children's books, he does save the day in the very end when Christmas lunch goes horribly awry.

A lot of Horrid Henry's Christmas Lunch is showing what people got each other for Christmas, some of the gifts are hilarious and they're nearly all innappropriate or badly thought out, and my boys got a lot of pleasure from reading about it. Hopefully they might have learnt something too!

Horrid Henry's Christmas Lunch by Francesca Simon review

This is a lovely book. It's incredibly interesting and easy to read, but introduces some trickier words (frazzled and slithering for example), keeping the reader on their toes.  It's a book for re-reading, and is full of intonation and expression - great for a child who is becoming more confident with spelling and is beginning to have rhythm in their reading.

Horrid Henry's Christmas Lunch has 80 full colour pages and a recommended price of £4.99. Available from all good bookshops or online from Orion Books (where you'll find the other 99 Early Readers!).



We were sent our copy of Horrid Henry's Christmas Lunch for review

57 comments:

  1. I dont really mind what we have as long as I get to spend it with my family. Pizza would be quick & easy, allowing me time to play with the children & their new toys.

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  2. We always have a traditional turkey dinner on Christmas day and I wouldn't want anything else!

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  3. Turkey with all the trimmings and some pigs in blankets yummy

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  4. I love turkey with the trimmings and Christmas pudding and custard after

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  5. i would still have turkey, it's my favourite!

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  6. Linda F McGarrigle16 November 2014 at 15:47

    Steak Pie and Baby Roasters x

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  7. Turkey and all the trimmings

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  8. I love turkey and the trimmings

    Ashleigh

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  9. turkey, gammon, pigs in blankets, yorkies, the full lot apart from the veg hahaha

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  10. Turkey with all the trimmings yum

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  11. Traditional turkey and trimmings,devils on horseback. My husband usually makes a fabulous french onion soup for starters (though last year he tried making it with lager-it was horrid) Homemade trifle for afters and a good cheeseboard!

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  12. Ham, roast potatoes, yorkshire pudding & cauliflower cheese. Cant be doing with the traditional stuff, especially sprouts, lol x

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  13. Always the traditional turkey dinner here, wouldn't seem like Christmas without it!

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  14. Roast Turkey with all the trimming - LIZ DOODY

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  15. Turkey with all the usual trimmings and a lovely pudding.

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  16. Roast turkey with ALL the trimmings, but no Christmas pudding

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  17. chips n curry sauce .... but we having turkey !

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  18. A lunch cooked and cleared up by someone else!

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  19. Very traditional turkey with the trimmings

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  20. Turkey with all the trimmings and a mountain of pigs in blankets xx

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  21. Turkey and duck with all the trimming, and homemade cranberry sauce. x

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  22. Turkey and Baked Ham with all the trimmings xx

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  23. the traditional roast turkey and all the trimmings

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  24. Turkey with all the trimming.....and Xmas pud is a must

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  25. Probably a selection box or 3 but we will be sticking with the traditional xmas turkey/chicken dinner!!!

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  26. Veggie quorn roast with potatoes, stuffing and gravy

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  27. Turkey here ideally with lots of family x

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  28. full turkey dinner, ABSOLUTLY NO SPROUTS X

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  29. Sprouts, roast potatoes and quorn

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  30. i love roast turkey and all the trimmings

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  31. gammon chicken and pork with all trimmings

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  32. I would prefer a cheese sandwich but will be the usual normal Turkey and all the trimmings

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  33. Salmon Crostini, Leek and Potato soup and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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  34. Roast turkey and all the trimming

    Kay panayi

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  35. As my husband is working Christmas Day we will have roast Chicken on Christmas eve and a buffet on Christmas Day when he gets home so that I have more time to dedicate to the children. Stacey le Page

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  36. A roaring fire, glass of wine and a roast duckling with plum sauce. Time to chat, reminisce and plan

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  37. Love a traditional Christmas meal but heaven would be someone else planning and cooking and serving it! I just need to turn up in my gladrags!

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  38. Has to be turkey with all the trimmings!

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  39. traditional turkey with peas, carrots, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, brocelli, cauliflower, pigs in blanket, sausage meat and gravy with cranberry and bread sauces

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