Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1773

Full Length Research Paper

Violence and fear In Francesca Simon's Series of Horrid Henry

Esma Dumanli Kadizade
  • Esma Dumanli Kadizade
  • Department of Turkish Education, Faculty of Education, Mersin University, Turkey.
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Can Sakar
  • Can Sakar
  • Department of Turkish Education, Faculty of Education, Istanbul, Aydin University, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 22 September 2018
  •  Accepted: 03 December 2018
  •  Published: 10 January 2019


Children's literature is the literary work concerned with the level of interest, need, readiness and development of children. It started in Europe and the Tanzimat in the 16th century. Children's books both local and foreign ones, enhance their cognitive and affective developments cumulatively. This study examines violence and fear in Francesca Simon's series of "Horrid Henry". This work identifies the frequencies of violence and fear elements in the series as well as their effects on the child development were. This study uses qualitative research method using document analysis. Francesca Simon's books were collected and scanned. The data obtained were interpreted based on the research problems. The result shows that Horrid Henry series contain violence (f: 185) (physical (f: 38) and emotional violence) (f: 147) and fear (f: 10), originating from both humans (f: 6) and animals (f: 4). Although this series may negatively affect children, it is possible to say that it contributes a great wealth of knowledge to children's literature.


Keywords: Horrid Henry, children's literature, violence, fear.