Harry and the terrible whatzit

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harry and the terrible whatzit

Harry and the Terrible Whatzit by Dick Gackenbach

I was so excited to find this at a library sale, some 20-ish years after the last time I read it.
This book fascinated me as a child! As the kid who always would pour over the illustrations long after the words on the page had been read, I was intrigued and engrossed by the Terrible Whatzit and every detail of its appearance. And after looking at it again, I can still see why! But, I suppose Im getting ahead of myself...

Harry is scared of the basement. Its dark and damp and it smells, and he just knows there is something terrible down there. But, despite his pleas to the contrary, his mother ventures into the gloom because she needs a jar of pickles.

But then, what will Harry do when his mother doesnt return?! Will he be brave enough to go and rescue her? And will his mother *ever* believe him about the terrible Whatzit that lives in the basement?

There are some great lessons here (without feeling like lessons!) about overcoming fear, and the thing to fear is fear itself. And a sweet little add-on about parents actually listening more than maybe it appears that they do.

I have to say, had I come to this book as an adult I dont think I would have found it quite as fascinating as I had as a child. And a part of me is a little unsure about Harrys use of violence as a means of extricating the Terrible Whatzit (some broom swatting and nose pinching is all, really very mild). But, the fact that this didnt bother me or adversely effect me as a kid seems like Im just being overly picky. Besides, I do think that certain books just hold a certain something that will enthrall kids that maybe adults fail to see, which is why I probably would have given this five stars as a child, but will give it four as an adult. Still, Im holding onto the copy I bought, and it will hold a special place on my bookshelf :)
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Harry and the Terrible Whatzit

Harry and the Terrible Whatzit Paperback – April 23, This item:Harry and the Terrible Whatzit by Dick Gackenbach Paperback $ Dick Gackenback wrote and illustrated his first book for children in after giving up a highly successful career as a creative director with a.
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Harry and the terrible whatzit

When his mother goes to the cellar and doesn't return right away, Harry goes down to search for her and confronts the terrible two-headed Whatzit. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Seabury Press. Condition: Fair. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact.

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  1. Waskar V. says:

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  2. Reocoariddemp says:

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  3. Zara N. says:

    Pin on Gackenbach, Dick (Illustrator)

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    Publisher of the story of my life by helen keller a long way gone goodreads

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