Horrid Henry

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For the first book in the series, see Horrid Henry (book).

Horrid Henry is a children's book series created by Francesca Simon and illustrated by Tony Ross. The first Horrid Henry book was written and published in 1994 by Orion Books and as of July 2013, there have been twenty-four titles published, as well as numerous collections, activity books and joke books. Novel Entertainment produced an animated television series for CITV.

The general story is a slice-of-life setup, featuring the main character Henry. Henry is a selfish, naughty prankster who despises authority (similar to Bart Simpson) and will typically be faced with a problem and then will attempt to solve it, often in interesting ways that involves trickery, rule-breaking and elaborate practical jokes. Henry has a brother called Perfect Peter, who is generally the exact opposite to Henry, being kind, thoughtful, ambitious and respectful to authority. Henry bullies Peter on a daily basis.


The Horrid Henry stories are read on audiobook by the actress Miranda Richardson, and published by Orion Audio. The combined sales of all the Horrid Henry books and audiobooks now stands at over sixteen million copies. Horrid Henry is published in twenty five languages around the world. In April 2009, the US Sourcebooks' Jabberwocky imprint released four Horrid Henry paperbacks nationwide which included "Horrid Henry," "Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb," "Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine," and "Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy." Sourcebooks has since released eleven other Horrid Henry titles. They also have a page with free Activity Pages, Event Kits and a Teacher's Guide for US teachers (http://www.sourcebooks.com/spotlight/horrid-henry-books.html).

In February 2008, an exhibition, "Up to Mischief with Horrid Henry", opened at the Seven Stories Centre for Children's Books in Newcastle, England.

Horrid Henry storybooks[edit]

  1. Horrid Henry
  2. Horrid Henry and the Secret Club

Early Readers[edit]

  1. Don't Be Horrid, Henry!
  2. Horrid Henry's Birthday Party
  3. Horrid Henry's Holiday
  4. Horrid Henry's Underpants
  5. Horrid Henry Gets Rich Quick
  6. Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend
  7. Horrid Henry's Nits
  8. Horrid Henry and Moody Margaret
  9. Horrid Henry's Thank You Letter
  10. Horrid Henry Reads a Book
  11. Horrid Henry's Car Journey
  12. Moody Margaret's School
  13. Horrid Henry Tricks and Treats
  14. Horrid Henry's Christmas Play
  15. Horrid Henry's Rainy Day
  16. Horrid Henry's Author Visit
  17. Horrid Henry Meets the Queen
  18. Horrid Henry's Sports Day
  19. Moody Margaret Casts a Spell
  20. Horrid Henry's Christmas Presents
  21. Moody Margaret's Makeover
  22. Horrid Henry and the Demon Dinner Lady
  23. Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy
  24. Horrid Henry's Haunted House
  25. Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter
  26. Horrid Henry's Sleepover
  27. Horrid Henry's Wedding
  28. Horrid Henry's Christmas Lunch
  29. Horrid Henry's Mother's Day
  30. Horrid Henry and the Comfy Black Chair

Joke books[edit]

  1. Horrid Henry's Joke Book
  2. Horrid Henry's Jolly Joke Book
  3. Horrid Henry's Mighty Joke Book
  4. Horrid Henry vs. Moody Margaret (two books in one: Horrid Henry's Double Dare and Moody Margaret Strikes Back)
  5. Horrid Henry's Hilariously Horrid Joke Book
  6. Horrid Henry's Purple Hand Gang Joke Book
  7. Horrid Henry's All Time Favourite Joke Book
  8. Horrid Henry's Biggest and Best Joke Book
  9. Horrid Henry's Jumbo Joke Book

Fact books[edit]

  1. Horrid Henry's Bugs
  2. Horrid Henry's Ghosts
  3. Horrid Henry's Bodies
  4. Horrid Henry's Kings and Queens
  5. Horrid Henry's Sports
  6. Horrid Henry's Dinosaurs
  7. Horrid Henry's Animals

Gift books[edit]

  1. Horrid Henry's Big Bad Book
  2. Horrid Henry's Wicked Ways
  3. Horrid Henry's Evil Enemies
  4. Horrid Henry Rules the World
  5. Horrid Henry's House of Horrors
  6. Horrid Henry's Dreadful Deeds
  7. Horrid Henry Shows Who's Boss
  8. Horrid Henry's A-Z of Everything Horrid

TV series activity books[edit]

  1. Horrid Henry's Headscratchers
  2. Horrid Henry's Brainbusters
  3. Horrid Henry's Mindbenders
  4. Horrid Henry's Sticker Book
  5. Horrid Henry's Colouring Book
  6. Horrid Henry's Puzzle Maze
  7. Horrid Henry's Crazy Crosswords
  8. Horrid Henry's Wicked Wordsearches
  9. Horrid Henry's Mad Mazes
  10. Horrid Henry's Holiday Havoc
  11. Horrid Henry's Classroom Chaos
  12. Horrid Henry's Sports Survival
  13. Horrid Henry Runs Riot

Compilation books[edit]

  1. A Handful of Horrid Henry (Horrid Henry, Horrid Henry and the Secret Club, Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy)
  2. A Helping of Horrid Henry (Horrid Henry's Nits, Horrid Henry Gets Rich Quick, Horrid Henry's Haunted House)
  3. A Triple Treat of Horrid Henry (Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse, Horrid Henry's Revenge, Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter)
  4. A Giant Slice of Horrid Henry (Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb, Horrid Henry's Underpants, Horrid Henry Meets the Queen)
  5. A Hat Trick of Horrid Henry (Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine, Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend, Horrid Henry's Christmas Cracker)
  6. A Greedy Gulp of Horrid Henry (Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman, Horrid Henry Robs the Bank, Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead)
  7. A Monster Helping of Horrid Henry (Horrid Henry Rocks, Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire, Horrid Henry's Monster Movie)
  8. Horrid Henry's Royal Riot (Early Readers including Horrid Henry's Thank You Letter, Horrid Henry's Sports Day, Horrid Henry Meets the Queen and Moody Margaret's School)

Broadcast media[edit]


In May 2006, CITV announced that an animated TV series of 52 episodes[1] based on the Horrid Henry books had been commissioned from Novel Entertainment, and produced by ''Whitley-Unwin Productions. The show officially launched in October 2006, for Halloween. The series subsequently launched on television in: Germany, France, Ireland, Iceland, Portugal, Scandinavia, Singapore, Poland, South Africa, Turkey & Korea.[2]

The series quickly became CITVs most successful series ever. Horrid Henry was on CITV every weekday, and on ITV at the weekends. A second series of a further 52, all new episodes of Horrid Henry was launched in February 2009, and a third series began on 22 July 2011, and started being broadcast onwards from 3 September 2011.[3] A fourth series started on October 11, 2014.[4]


During August & December 2009, Henry took to the airwaves with his own radio show on Fun Kids Radio, hosting a weekly show of comedy and music.[5]



On 23 June 2010 Pathé announced that a live action 3-D film of Horrid Henry was in production. The film's plot focuses on Henry and The Purple Hand Gang fighting to prevent the closure of their school by an evil private school Headmaster.[6]

The film was released on 29 July 2011 in the United Kingdom and 11 January 2013 in Australia.

Recorded media[edit]


In February 2009, a Horrid Henry album entitled Horrid Henry's Most Horrible Album was released by EMI Records, featuring Horrid Henry songs including the TV theme tune and songs from the stage show.[7]


1. Horrid Henry's Horrid Revenge (Free Wormy Worm) (DVD Extra's: Purple Hand Gang Quiz, Personality Quiz, .R.O.M.) (released 23 April 2007)

  • Horrid Henry's Horrid Revenge
  • Moody Margaret Moves In
  • Horrid Henry And The Tooth Fairy
  • Horrid Henry's Hike
  • Horrid Henry's School Fair
  • Horrid Henry's Sports Day
  • Horrid Henry And The Demon Dinner Lady

2. Horrid Henry Tricks and Treats (Free Whoopee Cushion) (DVD Extra's: Henry's Horrid Hints, Goo Game) (released 24 September 2007)

3. Horrid Henry's Underpants (Free Stickers)(DVD Extra's: Henry's Horrid Hints, Find the Underpants Game) (released 19 November 2007)

4. Horrid Henry Gets Rich Quick (Free Fair Tickets, Free Joke Cards) (DVD Extra's: Henry's Horrible Sale Game, Henry's Horrid Hints) (released 3 March 2008)

  • Horrid Henry Gets Rich Quick
  • Horrid Henry And The Bogey Babysitter
  • Who Stole Mr Kill?
  • Horrid Henry's Time Machine
  • Horrid Henry's Perfect Day
  • Horrid Henry Runs Away

5. Horrid Henry And The Secret Club (Free TOP SECRET Box) (released 29 September 2008)

  • Horrid Henry and the Secret Club
  • Perfect Peter's Horrid Day
  • Horrid Henry's Injection
  • Perfect Peter's Revenge
  • Horrid Henry and the Household Chores
  • Horrid Henry's Trapped

6. Horrid Henry's Diary (Free Notepad) (released 17 November 2008)

7. Horrid Henry's Birthday (released 16 February 2009)

8. Horrid Henry's Holiday (released 30 March 2009)

The Complete Series 1 (The Complete First Season in a 3 disc boxset) (released 4 May 2009)

9. Horrid Henry’s Favourite Day (released 26 October 2009)

  • Horrid Henry’s Favourite Day
  • Horrid Henry and the Best Boys Club Sleepover
  • Horrid Henry and the Lost Dog
  • Horrid Henry and the Perfect Plant
  • Horrid Henry and the Big Dig
  • Horrid Henry's Secret Surprise

Horrid Henry's Christmas Underpants (released 9 November 2009) (a version of Horrid Henry's Underpants, with a Christmas themed cover)

  • Horrid Henry's Christmas
  • Horrid Henry's Heroes
  • Horrid Henry Computer Whizz
  • Horrid Henry Makes Some Money
  • Horrid Henry's Horrid Hamster
  • Horrid Henry's Underpants

10. Horrid Henry's Smelly Stuff (released 16 November 2009)

  • Horrid Henry's Smelly Stuff
  • Horrid Henry and the Alien Invasion
  • Horrid Henry's Hiccups
  • Horrid Henry and the Gross DVD
  • Perfect Peter Popstar
  • Horrid Henry and the Name Game

11. Horrid Henry Goes Fishing (released 8 February 2010)

12. Horrid Henry's Fun Run (released 29 March 2010)

13. Horrid Henry's Ice Cream Dream (released 17 May 2010)

Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend (released 7 June 2010)

14. Horrid Henry, Ace Reporter (released 6 September 2010)

15. Horrid Henry and the Zombie Hamster (released 15 November 2010)

  • Horrid Henry and the Zombie Hamster
  • Horrid Henry and the Killer Boy Rats
  • Horrid Henry Changes a Nappy
  • Horrid Henry's Happy Family
  • Horrid Henry Gets Spots
  • Horrid Henry Cooks a Meal

16. Horrid Henry and the Green Machine (released 4 April 2011)

17. Horrid Henry: The Movie (released 28 November 2011)

  • Horrid Henry: The Movie
  • A Horrid Interview with Theo and Matthew
  • The Horrid Premier
  • Trailer

18. Horrid Henry’s Completely Horrid Complete Collections Series 1 & 2 (The complete first and second series in 6 discs) (released 9 March 2012)

Horrid Henry Goes To The Movies (released 9 August 2011)

  • Horrid Henry Goes To The Movies
  • Horrid Henry On TV
  • Horrid Henry's School Play
  • Horrid Henry and the Demon Dinner Lady
  • Perfect Peter Popstar
  • Horrid Henry and the Killer Boy Rats

Horrid Henry and the Zombie Hamster: Halloween Edition (new menu' "Real Horrid Henry's Halloween") (released 31 October 2011)

  • Horrid Henry and the Zombie Hamster
  • Horrid Henry and the Killer Boy Rats
  • Horrid Henry Changes a Nappy
  • Horrid Henry's Happy Family
  • Horrid Henry Gets Spots
  • Horrid Henry Cooks a Meal

Horrid Henry: The Purple Hand Gang Rules OK! (released 26 March 2012)

  • Horrid Henry and the Skipping Lesson
  • Horrid Henry: Grown Up
  • Horrid Henry and the Goes to the Park
  • Horrid Henry and the Scary Scooter
  • Horrid Henry: The Purple Hand Gang Rules OK!
  • Horrid Henry and the Christening Crisis

Horrid Henry Goes Bananas (released 17 September 2012)

  • Horrid Henry's Stamp Collector
  • Horrid Henry and the Bogey Brain Sleepover
  • Horrid Henry's Perfect Protest
  • Horrid Henry and the Boodle Poodle
  • Horrid Henry: Here to Entertain You!
  • Horrid Henry Goes Bananas

Horrid Henry and the Early Christmas Present (released 12 November 2012)

Horrid Henry: It's All Your Fault! (released 11 March 2013)

  • Horrid Henry and the New Best Friend
  • Horrid Henry: Horrid Boy?
  • Horrid Henry in Detention
  • Horrid Henry: It's All Your Fault!
  • Horrid Henry: Nothing But the Truth
  • Horrid Henry Delivers the Milk

Horrid Henry: Rocking the World (released 23 September 2013)

  • Horrid Henry and the Special Spa Day
  • Horrid Henry's Unhappy Day
  • Moody Margaret, Superstar
  • Horrid Henry Goes to the Theatre
  • Horrid Henry: Rocking the World
  • Horrid Henry: Money Talks

Horrid Henry: My Weird Family (released 11 November 2013)

  • Horrid Henry and the Winning Ticket
  • Perfect Peter's Perfect Day
  • Horrid Henry and the Fashion Show
  • Horrid Henry Joins the Best Boys Club
  • Horrid Henry: My Weird Family
  • Horrid Henry Goes Gross

Horrid Henry and the King of Bling (released 24 March 2014)

  • Horrid Henry: Horrible Homework
  • Horrid Henry and the Terrible Teacher
  • Horrid Henry and the Movie Star
  • Horrid Henry and the Code Crackers
  • Horrid Henry Sells the School
  • Horrid Henry and the King of Bling

Horrid Henry Knows It All (released 23 March 2015)

  • Horrid Henry Knows It All
  • Horrid Henry Flicks The Bogey
  • Horrid Henry: I Am Not A Hamster
  • Horrid Henry and the Dangerous Data
  • Horrid Henry and the Phantom Phone
  • Horrid Henry Loses Rude Ralph


  1. Horrid Henry (Audio CD, 2005)
  2. Horrid Henry and The Secret Club (Tape, 2002; Audio CD, 2006)
  3. Horrid Henry Tricks The Tooth Fairy (Tape, 2001; Audio CD, 2005)
  4. Horrid Henry's Nits (Tape, 2000; Audio CD, 2005)
  5. Horrid Henry Gets Rich Quick (Tape, 2000; Audio CD, 2005)
  6. Horrid Henry's Haunted House (Tape, 2000; Audio CD, 2005)
  7. Horrid Henry and The Mummy's Curse (Tape, 2001; Audio CD, 2004)
  8. Horrid Henry's Revenge (Tape, 2002; Audio CD, 2005)
  9. Horrid Henry and The Bogey Babysitter (Tape, 2002; Audio CD, 2004)
  10. Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb (Tape, 2002; Audio CD, 2004)
  11. Horrid Henry's Underpants (Tape, 2003; Audio CD, 2004)
  12. Horrid Henry Meets The Queen (Audio CD and Tape, 2004)
  13. Horrid Henry and The Mega-Mean Time Machine (Audio CD and Tape, 2005)
  14. Horrid Henry and The Football Fiend (Audio CD and Tape, 2006)
  15. Horrid Henry's Christmas Cracker (Audio CD and Tape, 2006)
  16. Horrid Henry and The Abominable Snowman (Audio CD and Tape, 2007)
  17. Horrid Henry Robs The Bank (Audio CD, 2008)
  18. Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead (Audio CD, 2009)

Music is covered by Peter Rinne and Dik Cadbury, all CD/Tapes narrated by Miranda Richardson, produced by Peter Rinne and Nicholas Jones, and cover illustrations by Tony Ross.

Horrid Henry's Gross Guide to Terrible Teachers was released in May 2010 as the first in a series of audio CD's voiced by Horrid Henry.

Video games[edit]

A video game titled Horrid Henry: Missions Of Mischief was released for the Nintendo DS, Wii, and PC on October 30, 2009. Another video game titled Horrid Henry's Horrid Adventure was released for the Nintendo DS on November 5, 2010. It was negatively reviewed by Nintendo Gamer who scored it 40%. Horrid Henry: The Good, The Bad, And The Bugly was released for the Nintendo 3DS on November 25, 2011.


  • In April 2008 "Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman" won the Galaxy Children's book of the Year Award.
  • Horrid Henry has twice been nominated for BAFTA's Best Animation; in 2009 and 2010.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Guardian. "Following Horrid Henry's Lead". 24.11.2008.
  2. ^ Licensing.biz. "Novel scores more Horrid Henry deals". 20.3.2009
  3. ^ The Guardian. "CITV ends commissioning freeze". 7.3.2008.
  4. ^ "Horrid Henry Series 4". Kidscreen.com. 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  5. ^ Licensing.biz. "Horrid Henry makes radio debut"
  6. ^ "Horrid Henry makes jump to hit big screen". BBC News (London). 23 June 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Licensing.biz. "Record deal for Horrid Henry”


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