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Some of Bookworm’s favorite books when studying with Sonlight Core D were the ones that were thrown in just for fun or to teach kids about economics. Now, Bookworm’s switched to Bookshark 5th grade (equivalent to Sonlight’s Core F), and here, too, I’m finding some of the fun books thrown in. One of them is Henry Reed, Inc. by Keith Robertson.
Written in 1958, this story is about Henry Reed who lives in Italy with his parents. Although he’s American, he hasn’t been to the United States due to his dad’s job. (He’s a diplomat.)
That all changes when Henry, who is 13, comes to the U.S. for a summer. He stays with his Uncle Al (his mom’s brother) and his Aunt Mabel whose only child has grown up and left home. Uncle Al and Aunt Mabel’s home is in a small, quiet town outside of Princeton, New Jersey. The only other neighborhood child who is around for the summer is Midge Glass, who is 12.
Immediately, before he even reaches his uncle and aunt’s house, a stray dog takes a liking to Henry. Though the family tries to lose the dog, they’re unsuccessful. The dog, who Henry names Agony, is his companion all summer long.
It turns out that Henry has a special liking for both animals and entrepreneurship. He and Midge decide to go in business together and sell things like earthworms so that fishermen won’t have to dig them up themselves.
What follows is a summer full of mishaps and mayhem, especially because Henry is a lot like his mother, Uncle Al says, and tends to bring chaos with him wherever he goes (though he rarely realizes he’s the cause).
While Henry’s antics are amusing to read about, what I find even funnier as an adult is that Henry has no sense of humor. This plays off Midge comically because she’s constantly making silly jokes that kids always make.
This book doesn’t have any deep, underlying message, but it is entertaining, and I’m sure Bookworm will enjoy it when it’s time for him to read it.
4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.