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Henry And Mudge And The Long Weekend: Ready-To-Read Level 2 (Paper)

Henry And Mudge And The Long Weekend: Ready-To-Read Level 2 (Paper)

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Sucie Stevenson 
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 1996   ISBN: 978-0689808852

One February morning Henry and his dog Mudge got up and when they looked out of the window they saw that it was a gray, cold, muddy and wet day. How on earth can Henry and Mudge have any fun when the weather is so crummy? Henry decides that it is going to be “a boring weekend.”

   Certainly the day does not start off very well. Henry eats a boring breakfast, watches some boring cartoons, and listens to his father’s boring jokes. Even Mudge is being boring because all he wants to do is sleep. It is clear that Henry and is father have a nasty case of the “February cranks” and the “Winter grumpies.”

   Thankfully, Henry’s mother is not the kind of person to let a few grumpies ruin a weekend, and she comes up with a wonderful idea and soon all four of them (Mudge wants to help) are busy.

   Every so often most of us get a case of the grumpies, and for a while life is dull and boring. Then someone gets an idea and the grumpies are given the boot. Children will love seeing what Henry and his family do when they get are bored and feel out of sorts. They may even be inspired by Henry’s family’s creativity.

   With a wonderful story that perfectly captures a true-to-life situation, this beginner chapter book is the perfect thing to read when you have a case of the winter blues. Or at any other time for that matter.