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Henry Reed has arrived in Grover's Corner--and the town will never be the same. While spending the summer with his aunt and uncle, Henry comes up with a sure-fire money-making project: Henry Reed, Inc., Research. Henry's neighbor, Midge Glass, has an even more sure-fire hit: Reed and Glass, Inc. Now with Henry's ingenious mind and Midge's practical reasoning, Reed and ClasHenry Reed has arrived in Grover's Corner--and the town will never be the same. While spending the summer with his aunt and uncle, Henry comes up with a sure-fire money-making project: Henry Reed, Inc., Research. Henry's neighbor, Midge Glass, has an even more sure-fire hit: Reed and Glass, Inc. Now with Henry's ingenious mind and Midge's practical reasoning, Reed and Class Inc. turns into a huge success--while creating more bewildering and outrageous schemes than the townfold could have imagined....

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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Henry Reed, Inc. Reviews

  • Starry
    2019-05-31 22:33

    I know I read this as a kid living in the Midwest, but it was even more fun as an adult living in the area of NJ where the book takes place -- familiar culture, places, problems. Though published in 1958, when the Princeton area was more rural, many similarities remain.Similarities: Tiny named villages all over the place (eg, Grover's Corner has 9 houses); the mix of rural and suburban. Mention of The Institute of Advanced Study and the Gallup Poll organization. Surprised to find out they already had garden-eating hoards of deer back then! Even though I'm not sure where the author's fictional town of Grover's Corner would be (the author lived in Hopewell), it was fun to hear mention of Princeton Junction, tiny little Mount Rose, Plainsboro, New Hope, etc. Funny to see mention of a mini-traffic jam forming on a country road and most of those in it are uber-educated university faculty. That's SO typical of this area! Finding old pottery in the woods and stream banks. We love doing that.Differences: The story centers on a kid learning about American "free enterprise," such a 50s sounding concept. It makes the Princeton area sound like an important think-tank -- I would say it's a bit of a has-been in that regard (no offense meant to the wonderful researchers and businesses in the area). Box turtles! Why can they find so many box turtles -- which I adore -- and I've only ever seen one here. Anyway, I would recommend this book to kids living in my area. I really liked the characters -- serious Henry and funny, carefree Midge. My inner feminist loves that Mr. Robertson invented a Midge, who is fearless and creative and loves being outdoors and insists on becoming a business partner. She's so awesome. But not a 5-star rating, because it bothers me that the kids found it funny when a lady fell into a pond (because of something they did) and did nothing to help or apologize. Henry writes: "...she was too fat to do much...I stayed where I was and laughed until my sides ached." Shame on you, Henry Reed.

  • Sara
    2019-06-25 06:33

    I have one tiny quibble with this book, but it is easily overlooked with the wonderful boyish genius of the rest of the story. Henry Reed is wonderful! This is what it means to be a smart curious little boy with an equally smart and endearing tomboy next-door. We are officially huge fans. Hopefully we win our eBay auctions so that we can buy the other books in the series.

  • Mike
    2019-06-15 05:50

    Looking back to my youth:I remember, now, reading Henry Reed, Inc. back in about the seventh grade. Awesome fun then awesome fun now. No space battles, no Divergents or Hunger Games or Maze, just an eighth-grader spending the summer with his aunt and uncle in a small New Jersey town, who somehow manages to regularly and repeatedly attract a charming, 1950's sort of trouble almost daily. Hats off to Mr. Robertson for a clean, fun story

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-06-08 06:43

    Henry's father is in the diplomatic service, and he's lived all over Europe, but is spending the summer with his pleasant and placid Aunt Mabel and Uncle Al in Grover's Corners near Princeton University. There are only a handful of houses, but the neighbors are all fairly interesting and understanding. Henry even has a barn at his disposal, because his mother inherited it, and uses this to set up his research business. He and neighbor Midge, form a partnership. I adored Midge beyond measure. When asked by Henry "What are you going to put into the business?", she replies "I'll furnish the brains." Henry laughs, but sees her point and takes her on! Accompanied by Agony, the beagle, the two set to researching for fun and profit. There are gentle high jinks all along, and at the end, Midge insists that the business be renamed Reed and Glass (Henry does own the barn), and the two repaint the sign together. Henry and Midge are both industrious, curious children who are not content to sit and stare at their phones all day, which would have been QUITE boring in 1958. They find clients, do research, earn money, and occupy themselves all day without the interference of adults, although I imagine the well-upholstered Aunt Mabel kept them well furnished with peanut butter sandwiches and cookies, and Uncle Al does come to their rescue in times of need and wonders things like "How did those sheep get in there?" without really needing to know particulars. Yes, the 1950s had their problems. But Greg Heffley and his family are negative and boring to me, and I don't want to be a part of their world for very long. The fact that my students do, when they could instead be spending time with Henry or Anne or Homer or Laura... it just makes me sad.

  • Rachel
    2019-06-10 23:32

    This is another book I really liked as a kid that I was interested to revisit. As it turns out, some of the tone of it went over my head back in the day. I perceived it as a book about a very smart, independent, can-do kid who happened to get involved in some funny situations. And he definitely is smart, independent, and can-do! (I especially love the fifties-ness of how adults let him and his friend do pretty much whatever.) However, as a kid I, like Henry, didn't get what Uncle Al was telling him all along--that although Henry doesn't intend to cause trouble, his ambitions combined with a lack of foresight (because smart as he is, he's still a kid) make him an Agent of Chaos. Also, as an adult, I can tell Henry has absolutely no sense of humor, which I find very endearing.

  • Nora
    2019-06-22 22:45

    MCL. I think it would be fun to visit family far away for the whole summer.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-12 01:46

    I enjoyed this, but not as much as the twin 10 year old boys I teach. It was perfect for them!

  • Kevin Polman
    2019-06-03 00:43

    A FAVORITE CLASSIC FOR YOUNG AND OLDIt was a hot (HOT!) summer day in Corpus Christi, Texas. I was bicycling home from the public library with eleven books stacked precariously on my handlebars. (No basket, just books-on-the-bars, old style. Why eleven? If you have to ask, you’re not a bookworm/bibliophile.) One of the eleven was HENRY REED, INC. by Keith Robertson.HENRY REED, INC. would soon become one of the favorites of my youth. (The version I enjoyed was illustrated by the masterful Robert McCloskey.) On the cover, bespectacled, slender, sly-faced Henry sits with feet propped on a desk, a tank of laboratory gas standing nearby. (How could a nerdy, bespectacled me NOT be drawn to this book?) Robertson’s skilled writing relates to us the fascinating tale of Henry’s summer adventures in Princeton, New Jersey with Uncle Alfred, Aunt Mabel, Henry’s new friend/source of irritation, Midge, and of course… a dog! (A high-spirited beagle named Agony.)What does this book offer young readers? An entertaining, tongue-in-cheek introduction to the world of research and development mixed with good, clean, humorous summer fun. Almost thirty years after first reading it, during my initial semester as a middle school teacher, I spied the long-forgotten book on the shelves of our school library. Delighted at discovering this old friend, I checked it out and re-read it -- still a good read as an adult. A decade later, I would incorporate passages from a copy I purchased (and still own) into one of my high school physics classes.HENRY REED, INC. -- Good for ALL ages!(Try to get one of the originals that has McCloskey’s illustrations.)“I sold another dozen earthworms today and we rigged up a trap to catch the white rabbit. We haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but I think it will work.”This review was written by Kevin Polman, author of SOMETHING and THE EXTRA KEY.

  • Rick Stuckwisch
    2019-06-02 01:37

    A fun, classic read. Interesting stories with appeal to children and adults. Henry Reed and his friend, Midge Glass, are likable characters, as are Henry's Aunt and Uncle. A nice read-aloud for parents to share with their children. Looking forward to the subsequent books in the series.

  • Savanna
    2019-05-29 03:37

    this is a funny book. it has a boy main caricter and a girl so any one could like it.

  • H
    2019-06-16 05:39

    The language and writing was alright but I dropped it early on. I had sort of hoped for something like Lunch Money by Andrew Clements, but this isn't as relatable a story and things seem to be a bit more convenient than I normally like for the protagonist. The dog being so smart and obeyable, the ready made barn, etc put me off a bit. Then there were minor nitpicks like the uncle not just driving away from the dog and him arguing "its too late for a bath so just let the dog in the house even if he may have fleas". Overall, it reminded me a bit of Henry Huggins/Homer Price a bit - outdated works that were enjoyable as a kid but not so much now.

  • Gretchen
    2019-05-29 05:23

    Good mid-century kid's fiction. Enjoyed re-reading with my 8yo, although subsequent books in the series are more exciting.A subtle indicator of how life has changed, though: Both my 8yo and I both found ourselves cringing when Henry gets into a situation where he's inadvertently blocking traffic. Turns out we both were tensed for the outpouring of rage from drivers. Neither of us anticipated the patience, chuckles, and ultimate good-natured assistance Henry receives from the inconvenienced drivers. Unimaginable in 2017 Philadelphia, where slowing anyone else down on the road is a cardinal sin, literally (as recent cases attest) as much as your life might be worth.

  • Michelle
    2019-06-14 05:50

    This author really knows how kids’ brains work. Fun read out loud book. If you or your child like Beverly Clearly, you will love this book.

  • Cynthia Egbert
    2019-05-31 22:41

    This one started off with a bang on the first page by singing the praises of journal writing and even referencing Samuel Pepys! I had an enjoyable romp through an enterprising childhood summer with Henry and company. It was fun enough in fact that I was only mildly irritated when he referred to punning as the lowest form of humor. Harrumph!

  • Wayne Walker
    2019-06-22 22:43

    Henry Harris Reed is thirteen years old and going into the eighth grade. His father is in the diplomatic service, so the family has lived abroad for much of Henry’s life, the latest time in Naples, Italy, where Henry attends the American school. However, his parents want him to get a taste of life in the United States, so they send him to spend the summer with his mother’s brother and sister-in-law, Uncle Al and Aunt Mable Harris, in Grover’s Corner near Princeton, NJ. His school assignment for the summer is to take notes on his experiences and then tell the other students about them when classes start again. Henry, who likes to be called Hank, decides to start up a research firm, Henry Reed, Inc., using an old barn on his mother’s property which is next door to his uncle and aunt’s home. With the help of his newfound dog Agony and the twelve-year-old neighbor girl Margaret Glass, who prefers to be called Midge and has a weird sense of humor, Henry becomes involved in raising rabbits (if they can ever catch Jedidiah), digging and selling earthworms, painting turtles, ridding the neighborhood of wasps, solving a road culvert problem, hunting truffles, doing a balloon experiment with a pigeon, and even drilling an oil well. They actually found oil, but can you guess from where the oil actually came? I have read and reviewed two books in the Henry Reed series, Henry Reed’s Baby-Sitting Service (1966), which tells about Henry’s second summer in Grover’s Corner during which Henry and Midge establish a baby sitting service to make money and find a disappearing child and a peacock among their charges, and Henry Reed’s Big Show (1970), which is about a later summer when Henry and Midge want to put on a play but end up doing a rodeo instead. So when I saw the first one in a used book sale, I snapped it up. Henry Reed, Inc., presented as a journal (NOT a diary) of Henry’s summer experiences in the States, is a very funny story. ALA Booklist says that Henry and Midge’s projects are “usually profitable to them, but often hazardous to the adults involved." Obviously, we live in a different time and under different circumstances from the days of Henry Reed (he would be about 69 today), but the book is a nostalgic look, if somewhat wild and wacky, at what life used to be like in small town America in the mid-twentieth century. Other than the fact that Uncle Al Smokes a pipe, there is nothing objectionable, not even any common euphemisms that I recall. It is stated that the Harrises and Henry attend church services, although, since he had just arrived the day before, they didn’t go his first Sunday back so that he could look around and get used to things. Other books in the series are Henry Reed’s Think Tank and Henry Reed’s Journey.

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2019-06-03 23:42

    This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.Henry Reed, the son of diplomats, is an American citizen, but he hasn't spent much time in the United States. This summer, however, he will be staying with his aunt and uncle in New Jersey. Though Aunt Mabel and Uncle Al expect their nephew to be bored in their quiet neighborhood, Henry immediately starts to liven things up when he launches Henry Reed, Inc., his own research company. Together with Midge, a girl in the neighborhood, he begins gathering animals to sell, offering services to the locals, and in every spare moment trying to catch Midge's runaway rabbit, all while staying away from the grumpy man next door who would prefer never to see or hear from Henry.This is a series I completely missed as a kid, and I think, had I read them, I would not have been a fan. While my adult sensibilities love to read about clever pranks told in Henry's facetious tone, my younger self would have preferred more traditionally "girly" stories. This is why I think this book is a perfect choice for a reader who wants a real "boy story." Henry's voice as he writes his adventures in his journal is strongly masculine, and his summer adventures involve dirt, animals, tinkering, and goofing around in ways that are very boyish. As Beverly Cleary does in Strider, Keith Robertson really gets inside the mind of a young teenage boy and creates a believable and likable character.Some things - particularly Robert McCloskey's illustrations and the utter lack of modern technology - date the book to the 1950s, but there is a Penderwicksian feeling of timelessness that transcends the time period and keeps the story feeling fresh and relevant even today. If you want to encourage skeptical young readers to pick up this book despite its age, emphasize the format (a diary just like Greg Heffley's!) and the sense of humor (think Gary Paulsen's Kevin Spencer.) Once readers are hooked, be prepared to also share the sequels to Henry Reed, Inc.: Henry Reed's Journey (1963), Henry Reed's Babysitting Service (1966), Henry Reed's Big Show (1970), and Henry Reed's Think Tank (1986).

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2019-06-11 06:31

    I read "Henry Reed's Baby Sitting Service" a couple of times back in the 60s and 70s but I had no idea there was a whole series. Growing up in the Midwest in the 60s, New Jersey sounded so familiar and yet so different! But then Robertson was an Iowa boy too, maybe his NJ was just a transplanted Iowa. I learned several new words, like "macadam" instead of "blacktop" for roads. I would say that though this book was published in 1960 it sounds very 50s and was probably written much earlier. Having said that, there are still tiny communities in the Midwest that have about nine houses and a filling station--Blink and You Miss It, USA.Henry (who says in the first few pages that he prefers to be called Hank but is always adressed, by everyone, as Henry) is the 13-yr-old son of a US diplomat who has grown up shuttling around the world; and yet he talks and acts very much like a smalltown American boy. His "sophistication" basically starts and ends with the fact that he has eaten real paté de fois gras before. (Chopped liver). He and his 12-yr-old neighbour Midge (who is never adressed as Margaret by anyone) set up shop as "researchers" in an old barn that "belongs" to Henry--sort of. Their "research" seems to consist of finding smalltown ways to make a little pocket money.I got a definite 50s family TV comedy vibe from this book, what with the grumpy neighbours and their cat and everything always going sort of wrong but turning out all right, without the cringemaking silliness of, say, Leave it to Beaver. Hank is more of a Dennis the Menace than eager Beaver, thank goodness.Three and a half stars.

  • Adam Rowe
    2019-06-27 00:37

    The entire Henry Reed series has long been a favorite of mine. The author, Keith Robertson, was never very visible, and I'm not nearly as fond of any of his other books, as he tended to have pretty bland prose. In the Henry Reed books, however, he has figured out a narrative voice that successfully masks his limitations: Henry is a forthright young boy with the defining character trait of lacking a sense of humor. As a result, his journals contain more plot than descriptive prose, and none of the description is inspired. But rather than drag the book down, this voice rings true to the character and more importantly, highlights the plot.Henry is an enterprising lad who is – through no fault of his own – constantly accosted by all types of zany hijinks, and, dare I say, wacky shenanigans. The adventures are episodic, though certain facts are often introduced in order to return at a later date, and are spurred by an idea such as using a dog rather than a pig to hunt for truffles, or trying out dousing rods. Inevitably, a plot twist keeps the adventure fresh and fun. The cast contains plenty of one-note characters: Henry’s tomboy friend Midge is spunky, Aunt Mabel is loving, and Uncle Al is both wry and (accurately) pessimistic. Henry's age reversion back to 13 in the final book, despite the fact that it's set after the others, gives the character's world a James Bond-like sense of timelessness. The Henry Reed series isn’t about great literature; it’s about the sense of wonder and curiosity any exploring kid knows, mashed with the entertaining educational tidbits that same kid wants to know.

  • Roger Burk
    2019-06-08 06:32

    In the 1950s, Henry Reed goes to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle in rural New Jersey. He engages in a series of innocent escapades, of the sort that were considered daring and adventurous in the 1950s.

  • Phloe
    2019-06-14 05:34

    I was given this book by Miss Julie Bliss, my second grade teacher circa 1982. I remember being told to pick anything I wanted out of a cardboard box. I was drawn to it. And subsequently, I loved this book. It was my first book not pilfered from the school library - I had too much reverence at the time. Reverence, notedly, not reserved for a first edition library bound hardbound issuance of Harriet the Spy - which I am glancing at, guiltily - as I type.I can't even imagine expounding about the joy of Keith Robertson's writing in this day and age. Quite honestly, I even can't type so communicatively without thinking Henry and Midge were such pieces of work Holden Caulfield wouldn't stand a chance. But I digress.A book for the ages. Illustrations for The Prada. I continue to adore this book for now, the ages and whatever the raven quoth. Read this shit. Give it to you kids.

  • Shawn Thrasher
    2019-06-24 22:40

    A beloved favorite of mine, part of a fantastic series that should be read by more kids but isn't. Keith Robertson's humor is ebulliently deadpan (if that's possible), with one hilarious episode after another. The book has aged remarkably well; it's from 1958, but I was reading it in the early 1980s and not really thinking that it felt old or dated; and twenty-some years later, I can pick out a few dated references, but not all that many. Humor may change over time, but a really good writer of humor can make something funny regardless of the era in which you reading their work (see Mark Twain). Robertson's characters and situations, as narrated by the stoic and reasoned Henry Reed, are keenly drawn. The balloon scene at the end still has me laughing out loud, even though I've re-read this book at least a dozen times.

  • Brenda
    2019-05-29 22:44

    Tim read this book when he was young and recently found it again. He thought it might be a good book for Emily and asked me to read it and give my opinion. While it is an older book (first published in 1958) with some gender stereotypes, it is a rather fun read. Henry and his neighbor Midge have many interesting experiences during the summer Henry spends with his aunt and uncle. While the experiences aren't common today, children now would probably find them interesting because they aren't things they would be allowed to do today (painting a barn, smoking out a hornets nest, inflating a large bag with hydrogen, etc.). I found myself interested in the stories and waiting to see what would happen next. Yes, it's old, but I'd still recommend it for children today, although conversations about some of Henry's thoughts about girls might be in order.

  • Amy Holiday
    2019-06-15 04:48

    I was a HUGE fan of Henry Reed's Babysitting Service when I was a kid, but never read any of the others in the series. (The copy I had belonged to my mother when SHE was a girl.) So when I stumbled on this copy at a used bookstore I had to get it. (And am working on finding the others in the series!)I'm a big fan of summer stories in general, and Henry and Midge have it made. A big yard and a barn with no grown-ups to bother them, and lots of money to be made and trouble to be found.As another reader commented, Henry's complete lack of a sense of humor is hilarious, and Midge's corny puns are really only fantastic because she thinks they are. The perfect Oscar to Henry's Felix. And the unfortunate fate of poor Mr. Apple's grass patch made me laugh out loud.I think kids today might find it a little boring, but I loved the little nostalgic trip. Can't wait to find and read the rest.

  • Mark Heishman
    2019-05-27 00:43

    This is a neat little book that gave me much confidence to read as I was just learning how. I got my copy from a five and dime store book rack along with "Henry Reed's Baby Sitting Service" while I was vacationing in Summer in Louisville, Ky. It was one of my favorite books of a great many I read as a kid. Not only did I gain confidence in reading from the book, but it also inspired me as a kid to be in business as Henry's exploits as a kid entrepreneur are told. It didn't take long to read, and I was able to finish it without the help of an adult. I would recommend Henry Reed books as classic reading for parents to provide their kids although I'm sure there are many other books that have been written since for kids that would be as good if time were taken to find them.

  • LobsterQuadrille
    2019-06-17 00:51

    About 4.5 stars It was just as much fun re-reading this now as it was reading it years ago! Honestly, this isn't my personal favorite of the excellent Henry Reed series(it tends to be a bit slower than the others), but it's still great fun to watch Henry and Midge trying to build up their odds-and-ends business, catch a runaway rabbit, and keep Agony the beagle out of trouble, all while trying not to provoke the "sour Apples". Henry, Midge, and Uncle Al are wonderfully entertaining, there are plenty of odd and funny misadventures, and Robert McCloskey's illustrations capture it all perfectly!

  • Lani
    2019-06-16 02:34

    I read this book for the first time as a fourth-grader and just re-read it with my five year old. We both enjoyed it very much and even my two-year old liked listening at times. It's a fun book about a thirteen year old boy who stays with his aunt and uncle for the summer and has all kinds of fun and adventures and mishaps.I love Henry's level and logical personality and how his friend Midge is such a contrast, yet they are good friends. I also love how they were written contemporary for the sixties--it's such fun to look back at how society was a few decades ago. There are more books written about this character and I am excited to go find them at the library for us to read.

  • James N
    2019-06-23 22:49

    This was a fun book for business, I recommnd this book for kid and adults. It's fun how Henry and midge found each other, midge was chasing a rabbit while Henry was painting his name on the barn. Then the 2 got into the newspaper for causing a traffic jam, and that what got them boosting and their company more attention. Henry was still selling pigeons but now he started selling earth worms. And the way that midge find oil underground that gave he, even more attention.But at total the book was really great for people who wants to start a cheap busiuness but also having some fun during the way

  • Drew
    2019-06-18 04:41

    Read this one to my kids this month. One of my favorite books when I was growing up. On one hand, it's a typical story of a boy's typical American summer, circa 1958. On the other, it's unique in that the 13-year-old protagonist decides to spend his summer doing "pure and applied research." And yet, Henry Reed is never reduced to "science geek." He's just a kid with curiosity. It felt good to reread a childhood favorite and realize I actually liked some pretty good books when I was a kid.

  • Jeff Herrle
    2019-06-01 02:44

    This book is hilarious. Great characters with distinct voices in intricate situations. I had an opportunity to re-read it (this time with my daughters) after having first discovered it by chance in the school library in the early 1980s. The book was first published in the late 1950s. But in spite of that, it still holds up remarkably well -- impressive given the changes in social mores and that humour so often rests on these.

  • 221b Baker
    2019-06-24 03:43

    Henry Reed, Inc by Keith Robertson. I feel that this book is one of those books when everything is normal until a boy or girl comes waltzing along and messes everything up! But makes it a better place in the process. I recommend this book because you're likely to find laughs at every page. It is a bit stereotypical when it comes to gender roles, but the book was written in the 50s, I suppose it's understandable.