I remembered a lot of this book from reading it as a kid - especially the nightcrawlers chapter. (Side note: I also vividly remembered the worm part in Judy Blume’s Superfudge - am I a secret worm fanatic?) Some sections I wouldn’t have remembered off the top of my head, but when I read them, they came flooding back, like how Henry initially got Ribsy, and how they competed in the dog show.
Trying to separate my feel-good memories from this book, I think it’s still a solid chapter book for kids. I’m eager for my son to read it. I think there are interesting storylines, but they’re realistic enough that they can be engaging for all kids. I’m not dissing science fiction or magical elements, but not all kids are into that so I appreciate realistic fiction like this being available.