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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
  • Series: Henry & Mudge (Book 26)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689811705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689811708
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,537,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3–Fans will welcome another installment in this popular series. In this adventure, Henry and his lovable dog visit Great-Grandpa Bill in the house where he lives with lots of other grandpas. The two friends go exploring and come across a pond that looks like a great place for a swim. Knowing that they should not go in the water alone, they return to the house in search of a buddy. All of the grandpas head off to the pond with the boy and the dog, resting on Mudge whenever they get tired. They all have a great time swimming in their skivvies and telling old stories. Brief chapters with entertaining watercolor illustrations make this book an excellent choice for beginning readers ready to make the transition to short chapter books.–Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL
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*Starred Review* K-Gr. 2. This Ready-to-Read title about Henry and his big dog Mudge is even more joyful than the others in the popular series. In four simple chapters The Great Grandpas tells how Henry and Mudge visit Great Grandpa Bill at his house with a lot of other very old grandpas. Henry brings gifts--food, games, puzzles--and while the grandpas play checkers and cards, Henry and Mudge run in the nearby woods and discover a pool. Then everyone wants to swim, and Henry, his dad, and the grandpas strip to their underwear and have a great time in the water. Mudge is there, too. In fact, when the grandpas get tired, they lean on Mudge, who doesn't mind at all. Rylant manages to make things idyllic without being soppy, partly because the mischief is both cozy and farcical; and Stevenson's clear, active line-and-watercolor pictures individualize the grandpas and show their affectionate bond with Henry and the huge, slobbering mutt. A sweet story, perfect for children who are capable of reading simple stories on their own. Hazel Rochman
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More About the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of numerous distinguished novels and picture books for young readers. In addition to her beginning-reader series: Henry and Mudge, Poppleton, and Mr. Putter and Tabby, as well as her Cobble Street Cousins early-chapter series, she is also the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Missing May, the Newbery Honor Book A Fine White Dust, and two Caldecott Honor-winning picture books.

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Format: Hardcover
As a general rule, you do not expect the 26th book in a series for early readers to garner for itself that many awards. I mean, you just don't. In the world of adult, teen, and older children's fiction, any book series that reaches #26 is going to start showing some wear and tear at that point. As for awards, books for early readers don't get that many. They don't! It really wasn't until just last year that the American Library Association decided to FINALLY get about awarding books for kids who are just beginning to read on their own. Called, appropriately enough, the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, there was one absolute hands down winner this year and three good-natured runners-up. The winner? None other than book number 26 in the Henry and Mudge series, "Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas". Color me amazed. I'd read some of the H&M tales back in the day. They were nice but never particularly amazing to me. I mean, Cynthia Rylant has produced more series books for young readers than any other writer living. What made "Great Grandpas" so fabulous? Reading it through now, I still think that "A Splendid Friend, Indeed", deserved the top honor but there's no denying that "Great Grandpas" has a kind of charm that's difficult to resist.

You may not know it, but Henry's Great-Grandpa Bill lives not too far from our heroes Henry (boy) and Mudge (dog). He lives in a beautiful house with a bunch of old men, much like himself, and every once in a while Henry's family visits them. They play games and bring the house of Grandpas butterscotch, and books, and crossword puzzles. As you can imagine, they are very popular. One day, as his parents and the Grandpas stay indoors, Henry and Mudge discover a beautiful pond behind the house.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HenderHouse on February 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Young Henry and his ever-present canine companion Mudge go to visit Great-Grandpa Bill at the "grandpa house," a communal home for elders. Henry and Mudge visit with the elders, go exploring, and discover a swimming pond. Eventually all the men - young and old alike - go swimming in their "skivvies" (underwear! Guaranteed for a laugh from the younger set). With four brief chapters, this easy reader is good for children who are starting to read independently. 2006 Geisel Award winner
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Larock on February 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I actually gave this book to my grandfather so he could enjoy it with my son. It's a lovely story, gentle, interesting, and funny. I love the "skivvies" and I especially appreciated that Henry and Mudge find the pond, but don't risk playing in it by themselves -- they go find the grownups, who join in the fun. This is a great series and this is one of the best books in it.
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A Kid's Review on September 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
Amazing and astonishing, Cynthia Rylant is a spectacular author, with the Henry and Mudge books being her best. This particular one, Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas, a perfect pick for young children, will engage them because of the silly plot and illustrations, with creative watercolor pictures and entertaining humor. The story revolves around Henry, a young, adventurous boy and Mudge, a large and loving dog who go pioneering, when they find a pond. Eager, they rush back to the house where their many great grandpas live, and everyone, except the mother, goes swimming in their skivvies. One of my favorite pictures is of the pond, shimmering with crystal light as if it was a small piece of heaven. Of course, Cynthia Rylant shouldn't get that credit. Sucie Stevenson does, although she was inspired by Cynthia Rylant's books. She blends good-humored cartoon-like paintings with the story perfectly. This book, heartwarming and amusing, made me guffaw in maniacal laughter. If you read this book, you'll certainly be flipping and flailing in mirth as I did. I'd evaluate this with five stars, and if you know a small child, this is a foolproof gift.Reviewed by Adam
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