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What books are similar to Horrid Henry?

The Horrid Henry books have seen incredible popularity among young readers who enjoy laugh-out-loud stories about family life and characters who get themselves into sticky situations.

Children who love reading about the escapades of mischievous characters should try The World Class in the World or Dirty Bertie – or perhaps foray into the madcap adventures of what happens when unconventional babysitters arrive in Marge in Charge or My Babysitter is a Robot. For more stories about the ups and downs of family life, try Mayhem Mission or the Sam Wu series. If you’re looking for a brand new story about children who take matters into their own hands when things go wrong, try My Parents Cancelled My Birthday or The Day I Became the Most Wanted Boy in the World. For readers who simply want a fun new series to get stuck into after reading Horrid Henry, we recommend The Boy Who Grew Dragons or the Flat Stanley books.

Browse the full list below of books for children looking for what to read next after Horrid Henry…

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Books for Fans of Horrid Henry

Tom McLaughlin
Chapter book
Nine year old Pete is about to have the worst day ever in this laugh-a-minute illustrated adventure!There's nothing Pete loves more than sitting at home, being quiet and watching the snooker. But when he accidentally bumps into a local gangster, Pete and his super annoying next door neighbour, Sammy, are caught up in a series of events that get worse and worse at each and every turn. Now Pete is in a race against time to prove his innocence - but it's tricky to do that, especially when everyone thinks that you're the most wanted boy in the world.
Dave Cousins
 & Catalina Echeverri
Chapter book
The first in a brilliantly funny series about a robot babysitter and the mayhem he causes. When Grandma creates a robot babysitter for twins Jake and Jess, chaos ensues! Robin is embarrassing, clumsy and, worst of all, programmed to make them do their homework. They're also pretty sure he thinks their dog is a baby. The twins decide they have to do something before everyone realizes that Robin is a robot. But getting rid of their new babysitter will mean putting aside their sibling squabbles and working together, which might be an even bigger challenge...
Jo Simmons
 & Nathan Reed
Chapter book
A hilarious tale of wish fulfilment gone wrong that every child will relate to Tom can't wait for his lucky birthday. It's an EPIC family tradition and he's dreamed up an unfortgettable party! Only, after several disasters involving a flattened chihuahua and a curse from the tooth fairy, it's been cancelled! But Tom won't give up. With the help of his friends (and a pig painted like a zebra), Tom decides to throw himself the party he deserves. What could possibly go wrong?
Kevin Tsang & Katie Tsang
 & Nathan Reed
Chapter book
The brilliantly funny and first book in the SAM WU series, starring the bravest scaredy-cat in the world. Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat (except he is). When a trip to the Space Museum goes terrifyingly wrong, Sam begins a mission to prove to the school bully, and all of his friends, that he is a fearless space adventurer.A truly laugh-out-loud, voice-led and madcap story of ghost hunting, snakes and mischievous pet cats called Butterbutt.
Isla Fisher
 & Eglantine Ceulemans
Chapter book
Meet Marge, the mischievous babysitter with rainbow hair who loves to make a mess and bend the rules . . . At dinnertime Chef Marge cooks up chocolate soup, and at school Marge the Muscian conducts a chaotic concert in the playground! Jake and Jemima have brilliant fun with their new babysitter, but will they manage to tick off all the jobs on Mummy's list?

Alan MacDonald
 & David Roberts
Chapter book
From award-winning illustrator David Roberts comes Dirty Bertie - the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits! With comic chaos and madcap schemes, these highly-illustrated stories are perfect for new readers.Join Bertie as he concocts a magic potion for Miss Boot to make her forget the dreaded maths test, finds himself at Know-All Nick's house for the worst sleepover ever and unexpectedly wins out over the school bully.
Burhana Islam
 & Farah Kahndaker
Chapter book

Yusuf lives with his older sister, his mum and his grandma. When his older sister starts to prepare for her wedding, Yusuf realises that he must become ‘the man of the house’. However, when he looks into the responsibilities that this entails, he knows that he is not yet ready for the role. So he sets about trying to prevent his sister from getting married so that she will stay at home and continue to take on responsibilities.

The series title for this book is ‘My Laugh-Out-Loud Life’ and, as soon as you start reading the book, it is clear why. Yusuf and his cousin Aadam get into all sorts of bother as they try to sabotage everything to do with the wedding, from meal preparation to the wedding outfit. The harder they try to cause problems, the more trouble they get into. And as they go about causing mayhem, they have to contend with the formidable Amma (Yusuf’s mum) and Nanu (Yusuf’s grandma).

This is ultimately a book about family and the bonds that hold them together. Through the story, the reader learns a lot about daily life, cultures and traditions in a British-Bengali family. Yusuf always has a side note to explain Bengali words and phrases that are used throughout the story.

The illustrations by Farah Khandaker really help to bring the story to life and to capture some of the mayhem that Yusuf causes. This is a great book to have in classrooms or a school library. The style would appeal to readers who feel daunted by pages of text, as the side notes and illustrations help to break up the words on the bag and make it feel less daunting. It is also ideal for bringing more diversity into class bookshelves, whether for children to see themselves represented in books or for them to learn more about other cultures.

Joanna Nadin
 & Rikin Parekh
Chapter book
A laugh-out-loud young fiction series from bestselling author Joanna Nadin.According to head teacher Mrs Bottomley-Blunt, 4B is the Worst Class in the World. She says school is not about footling or fiddle-faddling or fun. It is about learning and it is high time 4B tried harder to excel at it. But Stanley and Manjit didn't literally mean to make their whole class sick with homemade biscuits. And they definitely didn't literally mean for Manjit's dog Killer to eat their teacher's shoes or for Bruce Bingley's rat to escape. These things just happened even though they had a foolproof plan. You see, 4B may be the Worst Class in the World, but you wouldn't want to be anywhere else.Highly illustrated and featuring two hilarious madcap adventures in one book, these books are just right for children ready for their first chapter books.
Andy Shepherd
 & Sara Ogilvie
Chapter book

The first in a series, this hugely entertaining adventure about a small boy and his pet dragon would make a super read-aloud for lower KS2. Tomas is busy in the garden with Grandad, planning which fruits to grow that might be turned into delicious jams or tarts. When Tomas stumbles across a strange tree with curious-looking fruit, he never expects that what might emerge from the fruit is a real live dragon! This is an adventure that is humorous at every turn, but also full of heart. Tomas is a great positive role model for showing how young people can apply curiosity and creativity to the process of growing and nurturing plants and see ‘magic’ in the course.

Jeff Brown
 & Rob Biddulph
Chapter book
The magical and brilliantly funny adventures of everyone's favourite flat boy - Flat Stanley. With wonderful new illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Rob Biddulph .Stanley Lambchop was just an ordinary boy - until a noticeboard fell on him. Now he's flat as a pancake!Being flat is fantastic - he can be rolled up, sent in the post and even fly like a kite. But it's not all fun and games ... there are thieves in town.Can the flattest boy in the world be its biggest hero?Jeff Brown's world-famous character Flat Stanley continues to charm half a century after he first found his way into print.

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