After conducting lengthy surveys of all the neighbors, they see that there is a real need for babysitting. And there starts the fun. There is the busy housewife for whom they cook hamburgers, little knowing that the "hamburger meat" is really ground horse meat for the poodle; and there's the extremely naughty little girl who is surprisingly good at hiding from her caretakers. But no matter what Henry and Midge do, they always have surprising adventures. And of course, as in all good 50s children's books, adults are blissfully absent, meaning that the children can have uproarious times without any supervision whatsoever.
|Henry and Midge|
The book is written in a diary form (something I don't normally enjoy reading), but the stories are so funny and interesting that it works quite well. I think that the diary form actually works very well for the reader because Henry's voice comes through so clearly without interruptions from the author.
I first heard of these books in middle school, when my dad read one of them aloud. I remember loving them at once, so it was fun to read through this book again. This story is really great for any age. Along with Henry's very funny voice are the great illustrations. All 5 of the Henry Reed books were illustrated by the famous Robert McCloskey (who illustrated and wrote Blueberries for Sal). Anybody as young as 6 would get the humor and the adventures and there is something timeless about the stories, even with the 50s American references.