Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion: 05/12/10
Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion by Suzy Kline is the third in the series and the second one I've read. I keep thinking my son would like them but he's not interested in them. So I'm reading the series for my own fun.
Things begin with Harry's teacher setting up an ant farm in the classroom to go with the other pets. I've never personally had a teacher who has kept pets, except for a summer school biology class that had a pair of rats. Harry who is friend to all living things and fascinated by insects volunteers to take care of the ants. Although he and his teacher are careful, some of the ants get loose.
A later chapter exemplifies why I think my son would like the series. The classroom has a tank of tropical fish that must be kept in water of a certain temperature. One day some of the fish are found floating in the tank, dead. Harry, being the odd ball of the class is accused. Harry though, as demonstrated earlier in the book doesn't like hurting animals of any sort. He's like my son who will rescue snails and worms after it rains.
Harry is "horrible" only in that he's unconventional. He's not a bad child. He's just interested in things that the other kids in his class aren't. Although he's called horrible he's usually the catalyst for the class as they come up with new ways of learning their subjects.
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