Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Henry and Mudge and the Tumbling Trip

Henry and Mudge and the Tumbling Trip

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Carolyn Bracken 
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 2006   ISBN: 978-0689834523

One day Henry and Mudge come in from the yard to find that Henry’s father is looking at a book that is about “The Wild West.” Henry’s father explains that they are going on a vacation to the west, which delights Henry. Not only will Henry get to see cowboy territory, but he will be able to share his experience with Mudge, who is going too.

Soon the family are driving west, and the further they go, the flatter the lands gets and the bigger the skies seem. Eventually they stop at a motel, and Henry and Mudge have a great time chasing tumbleweeds all over the place. Mudge loves the west because it has “toys” that don’t need to be thrown.

In this Henry and Mudge title, the little boy and his dog have a grand adventure during a family vacation. Children who have had, or are going to have, a vacation of their own, will enjoy sharing Henry’s adventures.

Written just for beginner readers, this is one in a series of books about Henry and his extremely large pet.