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Henry and Mudge: The First Book (Henry & Mudge) Hardcover – October 1, 1996

Book 1 of 28 in the Henry & Mudge Series

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The Horn Book Lively, reassuring, comical -- just right for newly independent readers, with cartoon-style illustrations that gallop, skip, and splash right along with the text. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at CynthiaRylant.com.

Suçie Stevenson is the acclaimed author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children and is best known as the illustrator of the popular Henry and Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her little cocker spaniel, Gracie.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
  • Series: Henry & Mudge
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight; Repackage edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689810040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689810046
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 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 (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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They are great boy books, but girls will enjoy them too.
R. Day
They're well illustrated and the text is simple and easy to read, but the story is also divided up into chapters (usually three).
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My son is going to the second grade and this is his required reading book.
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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
As of this writing, there are some 20+ Henry & Mug books, each one a small masterpiece. However, this is the one that started it all!!
Everything great or small has it's beginning, and in the beginning of THIS book, which begins, in turn, the whole series, we meet our hero, Henry. Henry lives with mom and dad, but he really doesn't have any friends. No other children live on his block, he doesn't have any brothers or sisters. So, he asks for a dog. That dog is Mudge who swiftly goes from a teeny, handful-sized puppy to the 180-pound pooch we know and love through the rest of the series.
What makes H&M books so wonderful are the bright, simple illustrations that mirror the text and the easy realism of Mudge the dog. Unlike other fictional dogs, Mudge doesn't talk, walk about on his hind legs or save the universe: he is just a big, happy, loving pooch who, like dogs everywhere, is totally dedicated to his pal, Henry. He's like a real dog... a real BIG dog, but a real dog nonetheless. He falls asleep when he's bored, he follows Henry everywhere and is unhappy when Henry's not around, and occasionally he eats things he's not supposed to. Practically any child would love to have a companion like Mudge.
H&M are one of those rare types of books that easily fall between two categories: picture books and chapter books. They're well illustrated and the text is simple and easy to read, but the story is also divided up into chapters (usually three). This makes these books perfect for young readers who may feel that they are starting to move beyond picture books but may not be ready for full-blown chapter books with little or no illustrations.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
I just wanted to say that I unexpectedly found myself homeschooling my 1st grade son for part of the year and I have no idea what I would have done without Henry and Mudge! The series has really gotten my son's reading off the ground. We have read every book in the series that we could get our hands on and we're looking forward to new ones being released. Every book in the series is well written, interesting and has just the right amount of humor without being outrageously silly. The Henry and Mudge series are my son's favorite books by far - they are great books for a beginning reader.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I like this book because the pictures are amazing. It is a great book for all ages and easy to read.
I thought it was a good book for me and my brother because it wasn't too easy and it wasn't too hard. It was about right, and the pictures were good.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2001
Format: School & Library Binding
My son was reluctant to read in his elementary school days. This series caught his attention and by the time he finished all the books in the series that we could find he was intrigued enough with reading to go on to other books. Now, he is a high school senior with stellar SAT scores. I'll give partial credit to Henry and Mudge!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "carolrgl" on February 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
My son, a kindergartener, was truly driven to read by Henry and Mudge and their fun, loving relationship. He now reads to his delighted 3 year old brother. Thank goodness the adventures continue in so many wonderful books. Don't stop here! Puddle Trouble, Green Time, Yellow Moon, Sparkle Days, Long Weekend, Starry Night......all simple, pleasant stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Ford on May 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My five year old has been loving Henry and Mudge for months now and we have checked every one of them out of the local library. We finally decided we just had to know how the story all began and saw a reference to The First Book. We quickly ordered it and couldn't be more pleased. The story explains the beginnings of Henry's deep attachment to Mudge. These are wonderful books. I don't know anyone we have recommended them to who hasn't fallen in love with Henry and Mudge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 24, 2012
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Gypsy Rose Lee knowingly advised us that "You gotta have a gimmick". Well, lots of beginning chapter books have taken that to heart, and there are fairy, fancy, mean, moody, magic and other such books galore out there. And a lot of them are good fun. But sometimes you want something a little quieter and calmer. Henry and Mudge might be just the ticket. Only-child Henry and big goofy dog Mudge do things and have adventures. They don't solve problems or make points, but they attract and entertain brand new readers. Following the stories of a kid who seems like a real kid can be an engaging way to interest, and keep interested, a young reader. It's more than a picture book, but just into the chapter book range. And it's the first in a huge series, so your youngster can look forward to finding new volumes and even having a little Henry and Mudge library.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Day on October 10, 2009
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Henry and Mudge: The First Book

We loved Henry and Mudge right from the start. Mudge is not a talking or human like dog. He is all dog. Henry's loving parents feel sad that Henry doesn't have kids to play with or a pet and they give in and get him a tiny puppy, who grows and grows into a very large slobbering dog. In this first book, Mudge gets lost. Henry is inconsolable. My boy was very upset and crying about Henry and Mudge being separated. Frankly I was pretty upset about it myself. But when Henry instinctively follows Mudges trail and hollers one last time we were relieved that Mudge was nearby and came running. We see the grief and loss from both Henry and Mudge's perspective. When my dog got lost I wondered what he might be feeling, now I know.These stories are so warm and touching. We can feel the love in this family.
They are great boy books, but girls will enjoy them too.
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