HENRY REED'S THINK TANK by Keith Robertson

HENRY REED'S THINK TANK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Back again, after 16 years of silence, Henry is the same normal, idea-filled boy with Midge as side-kick (although she now makes a few feminist noises); they still get into funny situations and ""accidentally"" get revenge on older bullies. Henry fits right into today's yuppie world with his desire for making money. This summer Henry and Midge turn the barn into a think tank and go into business solving problems. Cases include: overweight Rodney, who wants to convince his father that he is good at something; a girl who wants a bigger allowance; a woman whose yard is overrun with Canada Geese, and a lady who wants a baby+-sitter for a bored 16-year-old granddaughter. Answers provide much hilarity and a few just desserts along the way (falling into mud is a favorite). All is well--ut the profits all seem to have been spent. Still, there will be another summer, and another scheme. Henry's humor is timeless, fitting the 1980's as well as the 50's. Presenting the story as a bey's journal allows a simple direct style; Henry's deadpan recounting of funny situations adds much to the humor.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1986
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Viking