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Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary gives Henry's dog, Ribsy, center stage in this dog's eye view of the adventure of a lifetime. This classic story about a dog and his boy is as fresh and funny as ever, and the audiobook is appealingly read by Neil Patrick Harris. 

Good ol' Ribsy's ever-curious mind has always gotten him into trouble, but this time he may have gone too far. After a comical turn of events, Ribsy finds himself in the wrong station wagon with the wrong children. 

Ribsy will do anything to find Henry, but there's plenty of excitement to be had along the way - and scoring a touchdown for a local high school team is only part of the fun! 

For kids looking for a fast, funny dog story, Ribsy is a winner. This timeless favorite works well for independent book lovers.

©1964, 1992 Beverly Cleary (P)2001 HarperCollins Publisher

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Not just an ordinary boy and his dog story

What did you like most about Ribsy?

What did I like most? Cleary's observations of and understanding of the world of a scruffy canine - the way they run (scissoring their legs) , scratch fleas, view the world and above all SMELL the world. And the Uh Oh moment on which the subsequent drama hinges and what happens when the world tilts for a dog. It isn't all ha ha hee hee. I've not encountered this book for many many decades and there is much in it to delight young readers and teach adults; and much in it to delight adults and teach young readers.

What other book might you compare Ribsy to, and why?

I think Beverly Cleary and many of her novels would compare favourably with RIchmal Crompton. It's the observation of small and minor detail in a child's and dog's life which was described so well in Ribsy. The school classroom, the lunch bags, the walk to school.

Which character – as performed by Neil Patrick Harris – was your favourite?

He brought Ribsy to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Ribsy was on the fire escape.

Any additional comments?

Please sir could we have some more of Beverly Cleary novels especially from her earlier career: Otis Spofford, Ellen Tebbits, Henry and Beezus, Emily's Runaway Imagination. To name a few.

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Fantastic! Highly recommend!

The whole family enjoyed hearing about the dog called Ribsy! Neil Patrick Harris was great and his voice acting made it more enjoyable to listen to.

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  • crystal
  • 13-06-20

Good book

This Is this the best book I ever listened to in the whole world.
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  • Kristen Messmore
  • 26-03-20

Amazing

Loved it!me and my sister listen to it alot!its calming. poor Ribsy that flea is so mean!

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  • G Mengucci
  • 04-03-19

Lovely book!

I absolutely love these books. Neil Patrick Harris did a great job with all the voices. However, being from Portland, Oregon and knowing the book was set there the accents he used didn’t match.

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  • Eric Thomson
  • 08-08-16

Great for road trips with kids

Excellent narration. We love Neil Patrick Harris reading the Beverly Cleary books. My kids also very much enjoyed Socks.