Bad boys have always been popular, in books and on the screen. The poet John Milton recognized this. After all, it's the devil who steals the show in his epic Paradise Lost. Children are no exception to liking characters who misbehave. Think of Rotten Ralph, Bad Kitty, and Bart Simpson to name a few. Across the pond, the Horrid Henry books by Francesca Simon sell like hot cakes and have been doing so since the first book came out in 1994. Fifteen years later, the books were finally published stateside for the first time. I've read a few, and I can certainly see their appeal.
Now a movie based on the series is about to be released. Judging by the trailer, it looks like a kiddie version of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a movie I didn't particularly care for. On the other hand, Anjelica Huston with her posh British accent appears to be having a ball playing the teacher. Take a look for yourselves: