Literature / Horrible Harry

Horrible Harry is a book series by Suzy Kline for young kids about the adventures of a typical second-grader named Harry who likes gross things and causing trouble. The books also follow the antics of Harry's fellow second-graders, including his best friend, Doug; his crush, Song Lee; his arch-rival, Sidney, and their teacher, Miss Mackle.

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If you were looking for the other Harry that has a scar and glasses, go here. Not to be confused with Horrid Henry.

Provides Examples Of:

  • Arch Enemies: Sidney and Harry.
  • Book Dumb: Harry.
  • Cool Teacher Cool Principal: Mr. Cardini. He let Doug spike his hair.
  • Disappeared Dad: Sidney's father is absent without explanation. His mother remarries in one of the books.
  • Expy: The Drop of Doom from "Horrible Harry and the Drop of Doom" is clearly a expy of "The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror" from Disney Hollywood Studios, Disney California Adventure, and Disneyland Paris.
  • Fanboy: Dexter's main shtick is being an Elvis fanboy.
  • Feud Episode: Three times.
  • Follow the Leader: This series takes several cues from Ramona Quimby and The Magic School Bus.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Mary.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Is Harry's hair black or dark red?
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Harry gets one in Horrible Harry and the Holidaze after his great-grandfather has to be sent to a nursing home because of a stroke.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Doug and Harry; Mary and Ida.
  • In-Series Nickname: Harry and Sidney constantly refer to each other as "Sid the Squid" and "Harry the Canary."
  • Jerk Ass: Sidney, Harry and Mary all have their moments, but Sidney takes it a step too far in Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion when he kills a fish in the class fish tank so he can frame Harry.
  • Evil Jerk Ass Redhead: Sidney.
  • Limited Wardrobe
  • New Year Same Class
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Averted. The class and their teacher carry on into third grade.
  • Not So Different: Sidney and Harry.
  • Only One Name: Averted. Everyone's last name is mentioned at some point; Harry (Spooger), Doug (Hurtuk), Song Lee (Park), Sidney (La Fleur), Dexter (Sanchez), Mary (Berg), Ida (Burrell), and Yousef "ZuZu" (Hadad).
  • Our Dragons Are Different: In Horrible Harry and the Dragon War, Harry and Song Lee get into an argument about Asian and European dragons.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Ida is an aversion. (Well, she's only seven or eight years old, so yeah.)
  • Shown Their Work: All of the depictions of winter holidays from around the world in Horrible Harry and the Holidaze are certified 100% accurate.
  • Tear Jerker: In-universe - when Miss Mackle is reading the part of Charlotte's Web where Charlotte dies, Harry and Song Lee cry.
  • Token Minority: Averted. There's Song Lee (who's Korean), Mary (who is Jewish), ZuZu (who's Lebanese), Ida (who's black and has an ancestor from India), Dexter (who is Hispanic or Latin-American) and possibly Sidney (who's probably French because his last name is La Fleur).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Sidney and Harry at times.
  • Why Did It have To Be Elevators: Harry is terrified of elevators because of an incident in a department store (IIRC) that happened when he was three.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Song Lee, although she's Korean, not Japanese.