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HENRY AND MUDGE AND THE LONG WEEKEND (Henry and Mudge Adventures, Bk 11) Hardcover – March 31, 1992
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-- Henry might be bored at the beginning of . . . the Long Weekend , but readers won't be in any part of this book. In the eleventh book about Henry and Mudge, readers can again count on Rylant's flowing text and Stevenson's endearing pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations to create a fine low-key story. Henry, Mudge, and Dad are bored and out of sorts with the ``February cranks,'' ``Winter grumples,'' and the ``Pre-spring meanies.'' Then Mom has an idea--they built a castle from stove and refrigerator boxes. This is a back-to-basics family book that not only belongs in beginning-to-read collections but also on parenting shelves--give it to adults looking for activities to keep children busy. An absolute winner focusing on family fun--no batteries or electricity needed!-- Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
Making what must be a record for high quality and longevity in a series, the small boy and his large dog make an 11th appearance--this time in a story about a boring, wet weekend that's transformed by a creative family project. It's Mom's idea to build a castle from two appliance boxes; each bringing their own plans and dreams, she and Henry, Dad and Mudge throw themselves into construction, sending out for pizza when they get hungry. In a nice bit of economical plotting, Mom drops out on Sunday morning: the idea person doesn't always have the most follow-through, but it also frees her to be gratifyingly surprised by the splendid final result. Stevenson's illustrations are as merry and deft as ever, and a warm good time is had by all--especially the reader. (Easy reader. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Top Customer Reviews
The Henry and Mudge books are such a wonderful series. The charming water color and ink pictures--and the realistic kid adventures--create an engaging experience for early readers. The author does an almost magical job relaying the fears, temptations and ambitions of childhood. Also, many kids can identify with Henry's passionate love for his big dog, Mudge. Plus, this series will appeal to both boys and girls.
The series is at the 1st grade reading level. This book is a "chapter" book (not a "baby" book) with 3 Chapters, and about 40 pages of half text, half artwork. (Just to give you an idea of the reading level, the Henry and Mudge books are easier than Magic Tree House, but harder than the advanced Bob books.)
Note: you might want to purchase Henry And Mudge First Book before this book or with this book. It introduces the characters used in the rest of the series.
P. Gould, co-author of Feeding the Kids: The Flexible, No-Battles, Healthy Eating System for the Whole Family (Fork and Spoon Field Guides) (Fork and Spoon Field Guides)
This is the 11th book in the Henry and Mudge series. Even though it is part of a series, you do not need to read the books in a certain order to understand the story.
In this installment, Henry and Mudge are bored during a long weekend. The family gets together and makes a castle out of cardboard boxes and dress up as knights and a king.
The book contains easy text and colorful illustrations for young readers. A great series for children starting on chapter books. There are just a few pages to each chapter, and the book isn't very lengthy so it can be read in one sitting. We usually plan to read 2 chapters a night, but my son gets so caught up in the story, he reads the whole book.
Will be looking for more in this series.
This is a typically book in the series and tells the story about how Henry, Henry's Dad, and Henry's big dog Mudge survive a gloomy February weekend.
Highly recommended to Mudge lovers everywhere!