Baloney (Henry P.)

Baloney (Henry P.)


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The twisted team that gave the world Squids Will Be Squids and The Stinky Cheese Man now delivers a whole lot of Baloney. Henry P. Baloney. Henry is an alien schoolkid who needs to come up with one very good excuse to explain why he is late for szkola, again. Otherwise, his teacher Miss Bugscuffle promises, it's Permanent Lifelong Detention.

Henry's tall tale of his lost zimulis-received from deep space by Jon Scieszka-is told in at least twenty different Earth languages and graphically recreated in Lane Smith's out-of-this-world illustrations.

The unbelievable trip into Henry's wild universe may be the most original excuse ever for being late for szkola. Or it might just be Baloney. Henry P. Baloney.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142404300
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/08/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 170,546
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile: AD400L (what's this?)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Multiple award-winning author Jon Scieszka grew up in Flint, Michigan, the second oldest and the nicest of six boys. Jon went to school at Culver Military Academy in Indiana where he was a Lieutenant; Albion College in Michigan where he studied to be a doctor; and Columbia University in New York, where he received an M.F.A. in fiction. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years in a variety of positions. He is the author of many books for children including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (illustrated by Lane Smith), the Caldecott Honor book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (illustrated by Lane Smith), and Math Curse (illustrated by Lane Smith).  In addition to his work as an author, Jon also runs a web-based literacy program called “Guys Read” that is designed to encourage boys, particularly reluctant readers, to get involved with books. In 2008, Jon was named the country’s first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a joint effort of the Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council. During his two-year role as Ambassador, he acted as a spokesperson for children’s literature, speaking to groups of parents, teachers, and children to encourage the importance of reading. You can visit Jon online at

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Baloney (Henry P.) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best children's books entrance you with their images, the story and the images build on one another, and the story adds dimensions that are unanticipated and interesting. This book almost meets those tests, and adds to your language skills in the process. 'Last Tuesday morning, at 8:37 a.m., Henry P. Baloney was late once too often.' 'That's it,' said Miss Bugscuffle. 'Permanent Lifelong Detention . . . unless you have one very good and very believable excuse.' Then begins the wildest tale tale you've ever heard. It all starts when a zimulis is misplaced. It is on a deski in a torakku on the way to szkola, and suddenly the torakku goes past! Henry grabbed his zimulis and jumped out, right onto a razzo launch pad. He opened the pordo and landed on the next razzo while it was blasting off. Then things got really strange! If you could see the illustrations, you would be able to make more of this story. You would probably guess that a zimulis is a pencil and that a torakku is a truck. Decoding these strange words will definitely keep your mind occupied. Just when you think you have them figured out, they switch again. It turns out that the strange words are in Finnish, Latin, Ugbaric, Maltese, Swahili, French, Melanesian Pidgen, Esperanto, Italian, Spoonerisms, Dutch, Japanese, Welsh, German, Inuktitut, Latvian, and transpositions. There is an afterword that tips you off, and a decoder to help you decipher the words. But you will have much more fun trying it on your own, learning from the context of the surrounding words and the illustrations. So obviously, the text and the illustrations build on one another. Because you aren't always sure what the words mean, the story is unexpected. Unfortunately, the tall tale itself follows a path similar enough to all tall tales that it fails to intrigue of its own merit (without the clever word plays). I graded the book down one star for this weakness. I am also unsure how much fun it will be read this book over and over again. After all, at some point your child and you will know what each word means and how Henry's predicament ends up. Without the suspense that you will genuinely feel on the first time, this book will probably become much less special. If you are interested in intriguing your child with the potential of words to fascinate and draw attention, this is a definite book to have. The illustrations are outstanding, and nicely amplify the very unusual text. After you and your child have read the book, you can have some fun discussions about how to use context to determine which meanings of English words are intended. As you know, many words (like 'green') can have many different meanings. Are you supposed to see the color or a person who is inexperienced? Explore the full potential of any story, using all the tools at your disposal! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
MaggieJayne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: This is an example of science fiction because the characters are aliens who speak a unique language, it takes place partially on another planet in outer space on which there is also extraterrestrial life, and it includes futuristic technology like ray guns. While some of the events of the plot could happen, most of them are currently impossible.Media: Oil Paint and CollageUse: Lesson on Aliens, Lesson on things in space
Ms.Penniman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Retelling: This is an alien conversation intercepted by earthlings wherein a student alien makes an excuse to his alien teacher about why he was late. The narrative is interspersed with words from foreign languages. You'll be surprised how much of it you can still understand.Thoughts and Feelings: This book is the BEST! I read it aloud and felt like I was in first grade again, having to sound out every third word, and understanding only superficially what was happening until the very end when the book translated the foreign words back into English.
Arianna21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
IntermediateGenre: Science Fiction- This story was told in a different part of the universe, possibly in a different time zone. This was science fiction since science fiction deals with unreal technology or different worlds/ time zones.Plot: Person vs. Person. This was the student versus his teacher. He kept telling his teacher this ridiculous story of why he was late to school.
mmuncy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Baloney, by Jon Scieszka, is a science fiction book. The book is about Henry P. Baloney, an alien, who is late for class. Just as on earth, his teacher is not very happy and asks for his excuse. Henry P. invents a tall-tale of why he is late which sounds much like some of the excuses I have heard, but with a few alien words thrown in.This was a cute book. I liked that it was a young alien student inventing an excuse, because that is all too human.As an activity I would have the students write their own "Why I was late for class" stories. I would also have the class decide what the alien words are supposed to stand for.
elle0467 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A funny book for kids. Henry P. Baloney is in a bind when he struggles to find another excuse for being late for school. This book is a great science fiction example that helps the reader to open their world to different language that is not only funny but effective.
saraluisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jon Scieszka never fails me! Henry P. Baloney reveals just how fun a pencil can be. It's the kind of book that makes you want to think up your own adventure. It defies normalcy in every way, right down to the last three words: "Who knows why" (i.e. Who knows why the story is written in a combination of languages). The "visual recreation" of the story by Lane Smith is typical of other books they have created together (e.g. Stinky Cheese Man) and just as fun and inviting.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
My son is not quite five.  He is not in elementary school.  He is not even in Kindergarten.  He loves this book about "the green alien with big ears".  Go figure.  Actually, that may not be too surprising since I bought this book in 2001, long before my not-quite-five-year-old son was born.  He must have inherited my sense of humor.  This book is a challenge to read out loud because some words are in a different language, some are transpositions, and some are Spoonerism.  That challenge actually adds to the appeal of the book for me.  My son is learning to read and struggles with words in English.  The story is funny, silly and absolute nonsense, as you would expect from the "Baloney" in the title. Lane Smith does a marvelous job with the illustrations, from "the green alien with big ears", to the zimulis, to the razzo, to the Planet Astrosus, to the sighing flosser... The book is cover to cover wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the green lemonade! Henry P. Baloney is the cutest little thing I ever did see! I could just eat him up!! And Henry's Sitruuna Bebida............ just pure GENIUS!!! I love it!!! I LOVE IT!