Series: Henry and Mudge


HENRY AND MUDGE AND ANNIE'S GOOD MOVE by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Rylant and Stevenson's 18th book in the series is a tenderly humorous tale about a common event in family life. Henry, with a little help from Mudge, comes to the aid of his Cousin Annie, who is moving next door. While Henry and his family are delighted, careful Annie views the move with trepidation. She's so nervous that she has broken out in blotches contemplating moving her frilly dresses, shiny shoes, and lace hankies. Henry offers his time-tested remedy for nervousness: a snuggle under the covers with Mudge. Rylant thoughtfully addresses Annie's dilemma, validating a child's concerns and providing a generous solution. Stevenson's gaily colored pen-and-ink illustrations provide a perfect counterpart to the story, deftly highlighting Annie's vulnerability as well as the humor in Henry and Mudge's antics. (Picture book. 6-8) Read full book review >
HENRY AND MUDGE AND THE STARRY NIGHT by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

Rylant (Henry and Mudge and the Sneaky Crackers, 1998, etc.) slips into a sentimental mode for this latest outing of the boy and his dog, as she sends Mudge and Henry and his parents off on a camping trip. Each character is attended to, each personality sketched in a few brief words: Henry's mother is the camping veteran with outdoor savvy; Henry's father doesn't know a tent stake from a marshmallow fork, but he's got a guitar for campfire entertainment; and the principals are their usual ready-for-fun selves. There are sappy moments, e.g., after an evening of star- gazing, Rylant sends the family off to bed with: ``Everyone slept safe and sound and there were no bears, no scares. Just the clean smell of trees . . . and wonderful green dreams.'' With its nice tempo, the story is as toasty as its campfire and swaddled in Stevenson's trusty artwork. (Fiction. 6-8) Read full book review >
HENRY AND MUDGE AND THE SNEAKY CRACKERS by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

In this hearty episode of the Henry and Mudge Ready-to-Read saga from Rylant (Henry and Mudge and the Wild Wind, 1993, etc.), the boy and his canine best friend become spies. Henry buys a spy kit complete with secret codes, spy glasses, and a magnifying glass. Mudge gets to wear the fedora. With the admonishment ``not to look like you're spying, Mudge'' they stumble over a coded message. When the very able Henry cracks the cipher, it turns out to be from another boy with a kit—and a dog—like his. The two boys form a club, the Crackers, as a tribute to their code- breaking talents, and for the crackers they carry to keep their dogs happy. How Rylant manages to invest both Henry and Mudge with such distinct, disarming personalities in so few words is a minor miracle, but she does, and Stevenson works wonders, too, creating an idyllic neighborhood in which a very safe kind of espionage can transpire. (Picture book. 6-8) Read full book review >
HENRY AND MUDGE AND THE WILD WIND by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1993

Not only the wind but the thunder and lightning send the boy and his dog scurrying for home, where Mudge whines as he circles the kitchen table and Henry whistles the same tunes over and over to keep up his courage. His parents, sipping tea in the middle, ``just looked at each other,'' while Dad creates a diversion: When the lights go out and Mudge hides his head in the couch, he suggests that Henry play the game of ``Crawling-Though-the-Enemy- Lines,'' braving the ``cannon'' he can hear as he makes his way through the dining room with a flashlight to rescue Mudge from the ``enemy couch.'' The 12th totally disarming picture of this nice family solving everyday problems with imagination and a sense of fun. And Stevenson's illustrations are as lively and comical as ever. (Easy reader. 4-8) Read full book review >
HENRY AND MUDGE AND THE LONG WEEKEND by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

Making what must be a record for high quality and longevity in a series, the small boy and his large dog make an 11th appearance—this time in a story about a boring, wet weekend that's transformed by a creative family project. It's Mom's idea to build a castle from two appliance boxes; each bringing their own plans and dreams, she and Henry, Dad and Mudge throw themselves into construction, sending out for pizza when they get hungry. In a nice bit of economical plotting, Mom drops out on Sunday morning: the idea person doesn't always have the most follow-through, but it also frees her to be gratifyingly surprised by the splendid final result. Stevenson's illustrations are as merry and deft as ever, and a warm good time is had by all—especially the reader. (Easy reader. 4-8) Read full book review >
HENRY AND MUDGE TAKE THE BIG TEST by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

In ``The Tenth Book of Their Adventures,'' Henry realizes that Mudge has never been taught such commands as ``sit'' and ``heel.'' With the help of a patient teacher, home practice, and innumerable ``liver treats,'' the huge dog does learn to ``stay,'' at least long enough to pass his training course— though Mudge's forte is clearly being lovable rather than obedient. Not the best in this grand series, but still a fine story for beginners, with appealing characters, lifelike situations, and charmingly comical illustrations. (Easy reader. 5-8) Read full book review >
HENRY AND MUDGE AND THE BEDTIME THUMPS by Cynthia Rylant
Released: March 29, 1991

In their ninth book, the little boy and his huge dog visit Henry's grandmother; who accepts Mudge's drooling with unexpected aplomb; however, after Mudge knocks down a third thing in her crowded little house, he's banished outdoors—leaving Henry alone and apprehensive in a strange place at bedtime. As always, Rylant's telling is affectionately humorous and the conclusion is a realistic, amusing surprise. Still tops. Read full book review >