From School Library Journal
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, OHα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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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 RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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