Henry Huggins' dog, Ribsy, is hopelessly lost in a huge shopping mall parking lot. It's raining hard, the pavement is slick, horns are honking, and drivers are shouting. When Ribsy thinks he has found the Hugginses' new station wagon at last, he jumps in the open tailgate window and falls asleep, exhausted. When he wakes up to find himself in the wrong car, lots of little girls pet him and make plans to give him a bath. All Ribsy wants to do is go home to Henry. Instead he's about to begin the liveliest adventure of his life.
Performed by Neil Patrick Harris.
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Not just an ordinary boy and his dog story
What did I like most? Cleary's observations of and understanding of the world of a scruffy canine - the way they run (scissoring their legs) , scratch fleas, view the world and above all SMELL the world. And the Uh Oh moment on which the subsequent drama hinges and what happens when the world tilts for a dog. It isn't all ha ha hee hee. I've not encountered this book for many many decades and there is much in it to delight young readers and teach adults; and much in it to delight adults and teach young readers.
I think Beverly Cleary and many of her novels would compare favourably with RIchmal Crompton. It's the observation of small and minor detail in a child's and dog's life which was described so well in Ribsy. The school classroom, the lunch bags, the walk to school.
He brought Ribsy to life.
When Ribsy was on the fire escape.
Please sir could we have some more of Beverly Cleary novels especially from her earlier career: Otis Spofford, Ellen Tebbits, Henry and Beezus, Emily's Runaway Imagination. To name a few.