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Henry And Mudge And The Bedtime Thumps

Henry And Mudge And The Bedtime Thumps

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Sucie Stevenson 
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 1998   ISBN: 978-0689801624

Henry, his parents, and his dog Mudge are going to visit Henry’s grandmother, who lives in the country. Henry is feeling rather anxious because his grandmother has never met Mudge and though Mudge is a very sweet dog, he is also a very big dog who drools a lot. What if Mudge chews on his grandmother’s coffee table? What if she makes Mudge sleep outside?

   When they finally get to Henry’s grandmother’s house, his grandmother is very nice to Mudge. She does not seem to mind that he is really big and that he drooled on her dress. They all go into Henry’s grandmother’s house and it is immediately clear that the house is not Mudge-friendly. It is small and full of breakable things. Mudge looks like “an elephant in a phone booth,” and soon enough Henry’s father decides that Mudge cannot remain indoors.

   In this delightful Henry and Mudge tale, Henry faces a problem that causes him a lot of worry. Somehow he has to find a solution that that works for both him and his best friend and beloved pet.

   This is one in a series of books about Henry and Mudge, all of which are perfect books for beginner readers.