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Horrid Henry is a children's book series 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 2015, there have been twenty-four titles published, as well as many other collections, activity books and joke books. Novel Entertainment produced an animated television series for CITV. It is a slice-of-life series featuring the titular Henry, a self-centred, naughty boy who has issues with authority who will typically be faced with a problem and then will often retaliate in interesting ways that involve trickery, rule-breaking and elaborate practical jokes. Henry has a younger brother, whom he bullies, called Perfect Peter, who is the exact opposite of Henry. Almost every character is known by an alliterative nickname followed by their first name (Rude Ralph, Moody Margaret, Brainy Brian etc.) With a few exemptions: (Mum, Dad, Rich Aunt Ruby).
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 20,000,000 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 released additional Horrid Henry titles including activity pages, event kits and a teacher's guide.
List of books
- Horrid Henry (1994) (Horrid Henry's Perfect Day, Horrid Henry's Dance Class, Horrid Henry and Moody Margaret, Horrid Henry's Holiday)
- Horrid Henry and the Secret Club (1995) (Horrid Henry's Injection, Horrid Henry and the Secret Club, Perfect Peter's Horrid Day, Horrid Henry's Birthday Party)
- Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy (Previously published as Horrid Henry and the Tooth Fairy) (1996) (Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy, Horrid Henry's Wedding, Moody Margaret Moves In, Horrid Henry's New Teacher)
- Horrid Henry's Nits (1997) (Horrid Henry's Nits, Horrid Henry and the Fangmangler, Horrid Henry's School Trip, Horrid Henry and the Dinner Guests)
- Horrid Henry Gets Rich Quick (Previously published as Horrid Henry Strikes it Rich) (1998) (Horrid Henry Runs Away, Horrid Henry's Sports Day, Horrid Henry Gets Rich Quick, Horrid Henry's Christmas)
- Horrid Henry's Haunted House (1999) (Horrid Henry and the Comfy Black Chair, Horrid Henry's Haunted House, Horrid Henry's School Fair, Horrid Henry Minds his Manners)
- Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse (2000) (Horrid Henry's Hobby, Horrid Henry's Homework, Horrid Henry's Swimming Lesson, Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse)
- Horrid Henry's Revenge (2001) (Horrid Henry's Revenge, Horrid Henry's Computer, Horrid Henry Goes to Work, Horrid Henry and the Demon Dinner Lady)
- Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter (2002) (Horrid Henry Tricks and Treats, Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter, Horrid Henry's Raid, Horrid Henry's Car Journey)
- Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb (2003) (Horrid Henry Reads a Book, Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb, Horrid Henry's School Project, Horrid Henry's Sleepover)
- Horrid Henry's Underpants (2004) (Horrid Henry Eats a Vegetable, Horrid Henry's Underpants, Horrid Henry's Sick Day, Horrid Henry's Thank You Letter)
- Horrid Henry Meets the Queen (2004) (Horrid Henry's Chores, Moody Margaret Cast's a Spell, Horrid Henry's Bathtime, Horrid Henry Meets the Queen)
- Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine (2005) (Horrid Henry's Hike, Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine, Perfect Peter's Revenge, Horrid Henry Dines at Restaurant Le Posh)
- Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend (2006) (Horrid Henry Peeks at Peter's Diary, Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend, Horrid Henry Goes Shopping, Horrid Henry's Arch Enemy)
- Horrid Henry's Christmas Cracker (2006) (Horrid Henry's Christmas Play, Horrid Henry's Christmas Presents, Horrid Henry's Ambush, Horrid Henry's Christmas Lunch)
- Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman (2007) (Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman, Horrid Henry's Rainy Day, Moody Margaret's Makeover, Horrid Henry's Author Visit)
- Horrid Henry Robs the Bank (2008) (Horrid Henry's Newspaper, Moody Margaret's School, Perfect Peter's Pirate Party, Horrid Henry Robs the Bank)
- Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead (2009) (Horrid Henry and the TV Remote, Horrid Henry's School Election, Horrid Henry's Bad Present, Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead)
- Horrid Henry Rocks (2010) (Horrid Henry's Invasion, Moody Margaret's Sleepover, Horrid Henry's Autobiography, Horrid Henry Rocks)
- Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire (2011) (Horrid Henry Writes a Story, Horrid Henry and the Nudie Foodie, Horrid Henry and the Mad Professor, Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire
- Horrid Henry's Monster Movie (2012) (Horrid Henry's Monster Movie, Horrid Henry's Horrid Weekend, Horrid Henry's Grump Card, Horrid Henry's Olympics)
- Horrid Henry's Nightmare (2013) (Horrid Henry's Nightmare, Horrid Henry and the Revenge of the Demon Dinner Lady, Fluffy Struts Her Stuff, Horrid Henry's Mother's Day)
In February 2008, an exhibition, "Up to Mischief with Horrid Henry", opened in L.2.5 in Newcastle, England.
In May 2006, CITV announced that an animated TV series of 52 episodes 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.
The series quickly became CITV's 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. A fourth series started on 11 October 2014. It aired every weekend at 8:15/8:20/8:25am on CITV and reruns on weekend daytime or weekdays.
In May 2018, Novel Entertainment announced that Nickelodeon UK had acquired all the seasons to the show, and that they would air on Nicktoons later on during the month. They also announced a new fifth season that would also air on Nicktoons.
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.
On 23 June 2010, Vertigo Films 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.
Video game adaptations
A video game titled Horrid Henry: Missions of Mischief was released for the Nintendo DS, Wii, and PC on 30 October 2009. Another video game titled Horrid Henry's Horrid Adventure was released for the Nintendo DS on 5 November 2010. It was negatively reviewed by Nintendo Gamer, who gave it a score of 40%. Horrid Henry: The Good, The Bad, and the Bugly was released for the Nintendo 3DS on 25 November 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.
- "Horrid Henry". Sourcebooks.
- The Guardian. "Following Horrid Henry's Lead". 24.11.2008.
- Licensing.biz. "Novel scores more Horrid Henry deals". 20.3.2009
- The Guardian. "CITV ends commissioning freeze". 7.3.2008.
- "Horrid Henry Series 4". Kidscreen.com. 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
- Licensing.biz. "Horrid Henry makes radio debut"
- "Horrid Henry makes jump to hit big screen". BBC News. London. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
- Robert McCrum interview in the Guardian
- Q&A with Francesca Simon
- Telegraph interview with Francesca Simon
- The Stage review.Horrid Henry Live and Horrid