So our next bedtime read was all Toby’s choosing. I have to confess that to date I’ve very much steered the book choices but Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry franchise is something that Toby has discovered for himself, so it is his turn to educate me.
He was first introduced to Horrid Henry at school, and has since become a fan of the cartoon version that runs regularly on CITV and can also be found on YouTube. He absolutely loves these cartoons and can now perform a fairly accurate rendition of the theme tune.
The premise for Horrid Henry is very simple: a naughty kid that seems to find ingenious ways to avoid doing the things he’s told, and somehow gets away with it! Nothing too deep but great comedy for a six-year-old it seems!
The TV version hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm for the books. He picked out A Helping of Horrid Henry at the library, which is a compendium of multiple stories (Francesca Simon has been fairly prolific with this franchise).
So far Toby is getting as much pleasure revisiting the adventures in book form as he does watching them on the small screen.