Horrible Harry and the Holidaze

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Something strange is going on ....
At the end of that day, Miss Mackle called Harry up to her desk. Although I couldn't hear what they were saying, I noticed Harry's eyebrows. They kept sinking lower and lower as he was talking to the teacher. It made him look mad, then sad. When it was Miss Mackle's turn to talk, Harry listened. Slowly he lifted his eyebrows higher and higher. None of us found out until later what it was all about.
BOOKS ABOUT HORRIBLE HARRY AND SONG LEE
Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion
Horrible Harry and the Christmas Surprise
Horrible Harry and the Drop of Doom
Horrible Harry and the Dungeon
Horrible Harry and the Green Slime
Horrible Harry and the Holidaze
Horrible Harry and the Kickball Wedding
Horrible Harry and the Mud Gremlins
Horrible Harry and the Purple People
Horrible Harry Goes to the Moon
Horrible Harry Goes to Sea
Horrible Harry at Halloween
Horrible Harry in Room 2B
Horrible Harry Moves Up to Third Grade
Horrible Harry's Secret
 
Song Lee and the Hamster Hunt
Song Lee and the “I Hate You” Notes
Song Lee and the Leech Man
Song Lee in Room 2B
PUFFIN BOOKS
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First published in the United States of America by Viking,
a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, 2003
Published by Puffin Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, 2004
 
Text copyright © Suzy Kline, 2003
Illustrations copyright © Frank Remkiewicz, 2003
All rights reserved
THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS HAS CATALOGED THE VIKING EDITION AS FOLLOWS: Kline, Suzy.
Horrible Harry's holidaze/ by Suzy Kline ; illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz. p. cm.
Summary: Miss Mackle's third graders share December holiday
traditions—Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, and
Korean New Year—with each other and with Harry's great
grandfather, who has just moved into a nursing home.
eISBN : 978-1-101-07685-9
[ 1.Holidays—Fiction. 2. Schools—Fiction. 3. Nursing homes—Fiction.
4 Grandfathers—Fiction.] I. Remkiewicz, Frank, ill. II. Title.
PZ7.K6797 Hq 2003
[Fic]—de21 2003000946
 
 
 
 
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All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

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Special appreciation to my new editor, Catherine Frank, for her help with this story; to Mom who lovingly shares so many of the activities she does at Mansfield Center for Nursing; to my husband, Rufus, for his valuable insight; to my precious daughter Jennifer, for her enthusiasm and interest; to Jinhi Park Sohn, for her help with the Korean New Year; to my dear friend, Cindy Gelzinis and her class at Southwest School in Torrington, Connecticut, for doing research on head measurements; and to Regina Hayes for creating the title.
Other Books by Suzy Kline
Horrible Harry in Room 2B
Horrible Harry and the Green Slime
Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion
Horrible Harry's Secret
Horrible Harry and the Christmas Surprise
Horrible Harry and the Kickball Wedding
Horrible Harry and the Dungeon
Horrible Harry and the Purple People
Horrible Harry and the Drop of Doom
Horrible Harry Moves Up to Third Grade
Horrible Harry Goes to the Moon
Horrible Harry at Halloween
Horrible Harry Goes to Sea
Horrible Harry and the Dragon War
Horrible Harry and the Mud Gremlins
 
Song Lee in Room 2B
Song Lee and the Hamster Hunt
Song Lee and the Leech Man
Song Lee and the “I Hate You” Notes
Dedicated to my loving daughter
Emily, who keeps the holiday spirit
alive every day.
The “D” Word
M
y name is Doug and I'm in third grade. I write about what happens in Room 3B, but this holiday story was the hardest one to write. Something was the matter with my best friend Harry. I can only come up with one way to describe him that month. Harry
was in a daze.
He didn't flash his white teeth. He didn't call Sid a squid. He wasn't interested in things that were slimy, hairy, or creepy. And he didn't seem to be in love with Song Lee anymore. Harry just wasn't his horrible self.
It all started one morning in early December. “Boys and girls,” Miss Mackle said. “Today is an exciting day! We have a new student in our room, and a new class pet!”
Everyone looked at the new boy, then at the large pet cage. A white towel was draped over it.
“This is Yousef Hadad. Tell us about yourself, Yousef!” the teacher said.
Yousef wasn't shy. He spoke right up. “Call me ZuZu. That's a nickname for Joseph in Lebanese. Lebanon is a country on the Mediterranean Sea.”
Miss Mackle pulled down the wall map and pointed to his homeland.
ZuZu smiled as he took the white towel off the cage. “And this is JouJou. He's a tortoiseshell guinea pig.”
Everyone oohed and ahhed. Song Lee clapped her hands. JouJou looked like one giant auburn, black, and white hairball.
“What does JouJou mean in Lebanese?” Miss Mackle asked.
“George,” ZuZu answered. “I'm sure glad you said I could keep him in class, Miss Mackle, I love animals. I know how to take good care of them.”
“Well, we're happy to have JouJou in Room 3B. He's a holiday gift to all of us!”
I immediately looked over at Harry and put two thumbs up. But Harry wasn't even looking at JouJou! He was scribbling a bunch of empty circles! What was going on, I thought. Harry loves hairy things.
“Who would like to help ZuZu look after JouJou this week?” the teacher asked.
Song Lee raised her hand first. Although she's shy, she loves animals. Last year she brought three to our class: Chungju, a salamander; Bong, a water frog; and Yi, a hamster.
The rest of us waved our hands madly in the air, too. Except for Harry. He just looked mad.
For a while, I was the only person who noticed Harry was in a daze. Song Lee was too busy helping ZuZu.
“I can fill the water bottle,” she said.
“I can get the wet and dry food out,” ZuZu replied. “I brought carrots and potato peelings in baggies, but I keep the cereal in this can. It has a nice tight lid.”
When I stopped by Harry's desk, he was still doodling. His scribbled circles looked like the Grand Canyon. “What's the matter with you?” I asked. “You look like a scowling statue.”
Harry didn't answer, but he did move. He shrugged his shoulders once.
After lunch things got even busier. Miss Mackle wrote the word
holidays
on the blackboard and underlined the “s” ending. “We are so lucky this year!” she exclaimed. “Remember when I sent a letter to your parents asking about the winter holidays you celebrate at home? Well, I found out that Room 3B families celebrate five!”
“Five?” Sidney gasped. “I thought there was just one holiday Christmas.”
Mary blew her bangs up in the air. She does that when she gets angry. “Haven't you ever heard of Hanukkah, Sid?”
“Or Kwanzaa?” Ida added.
“Or Three Kings' Day?” Dexter replied.
“Mother is going to help me share our Korean New Year's,” Song Lee said softly.
Miss Mackle beamed. “Thanks to our parent volunteers
everyone
in our class will get to know five winter holidays this year!”
“My dad's coming this afternoon,” Dexter blurted out. “Any minute now!”
Everyone cheered as Miss Mackle pushed a long table in front of the room. Then we waited politely.
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