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Puppy Mudge wants to play


1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, ©2005.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series title(s):
Just when Henry thinks it's safe to snuggle up with a good book, Mudge has other ideas for the afternoon.
Reading Level:
Ages 3-5.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 0.6.
Added Author:


Call Number

On Order



Fun for Mudge
Just when Henry thinks it's safe to snuggle up with a good book, Mudge has other ideas for the afternoon. From tugging to running to jumping all around, Mudge won't stop until Henry agrees to join the fun!

Author Notes

Cynthia Rylant was born on June 6, 1954 in Hopewell, Virginia. She attended and received degrees at Morris Harvey College, Marshall University, and Kent State University.

Rylant worked as an English professor and at the children's department of a public library, where she first discovered her love of children's literature.

She has written more than 100 children's books in English and Spanish, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her novel Missing May won the 1993 Newbery Medal and A Fine White Dust was a 1987 Newbery Honor book. Rylant wrote A Kindness, Soda Jerk, and A Couple of Kooks and Other Stories, which were named as Best Book for Young Adults. When I was Young in the Mountains and The Relatives Came won the Caldecott Award.

She has many popular picture books series, including Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby and High-Rise Private Eyes. (Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Henry is enjoying a book that's he is reading while his puppy Mudge tries to get his attention. At first, Mudge is subtle, stealing Henry's sock and then chewing on the boy's shoelaces. Soon, the pooch begins to make more obvious statements: sitting on Henry's foot and then on his lap. When Mudge sits right on his book, Henry finally gets the point and plays with the dog. Mudge's realistic dog behavior is hilarious, and kids will get a kick out of seeing and hearing how his techniques quickly escalate. Sucie Stevenson's simple and colorful illustrations are a perfect complement to Rylant's text (Simon Spotlight, 2005). Suzanne Toren's narration is spot-on, and the dog sound effects are perfect. Page-turn signals are optional. Young children will laugh at Mudge's antics, while following along with the early-reader text.-Jenny Ventling, Greene County Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

This book lacks the liveliness and imagination of the original Henry and Mudge easy readers. Geared to a younger audience, the book features very simple, repetitive texts (""This is Henry's puppy, Mudge. Mudge wants to play. / Henry is reading. Henry does not want to play""). Clear, humorous illustrations provide some clues for new readers. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

PreS-K. The physicality of the boy's connection with his dog is the story in this book, part of the Ready-to-Read Puppy Mudge series for brand new readers. Henry wants to read, but Mudge wants to play. Mudge slobbers on Henry's book, tries to snuggle up, pulls off Henry's sock, and more, until, finally, Henry joins Mudge, and they play joyfully together. Rylant's simply language and Stevenson's active, unaffected pictures show and tell Henry's delight in both his book and his pesky, beloved pet. Every child will want such a wonderful nuisance. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2005 Booklist