Henry and Mudge: The First Book
Cynthia Rylant & Sucie Stevenson
Aladdin, 1996 (1987)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his is the first in a
Henry and Mudge
series. It's a very sweet early chapter book about a small boy named Henry, with no brothers and sisters and '
no friends on his street.
' Wisely, his parents agree that he can have a dog, and Henry is particular in his choice of puppies.
udge has '
' and '
' and, boy, does he grow! He ends up (at 180 pounds and 3 feet tall) bigger than Henry, and he drools. Mudge accompanies Henry to school, makes Henry feel safe, and sleeps on Henry's bed ('
he loved to smell him
ut one day Mudge goes out without Henry. Mudge gets lost ... and '
Henry's heart hurt
'. So he goes looking for his big dog. When they find each other, they've both learned an important lesson about love and persistence and staying close.
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