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Henry and Mudge - The First Book (Henry and Mudge #1)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  3,455 ratings  ·  128 reviews
The first book in the acclaimed Ready-to-Read series from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant featuring Henry and his lovable 180-pound dog, Mudge.

Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Simon Spotlight (first published January 1st 1987)
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Courtney Weber
Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed this book. I remember reading Henry and Mudge books as a kid, but I did not remember any specific details. This is what made it so fun to read this chapter book. It was like being a kid and reading it all over again.

Read Aloud: This is a cute short chapter book and so it would be easy to read in a day with children during reading time. There is not much educational value in this book, but it would be fun to do a creative writing piece along with it. Henry got
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Taryn Vogel
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Personal Reaction: I absolutely LOVE Henry and Mudge books. I grew up reading these. They are actually some of the books that helped me become a reader. That said, I would definitely use these in my classroom because I think they are a great tool that teachers can use to help their students learn to read. They are always very fun plot lines that the students will want to read.

Purpose: A big component of these books are character development. Being such a big series of books, students
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Alyssa Ruehl
Personal reaction –
I liked this book. I have heard of them before when I was young, however, I have never read it. Reading them now made me appreciate all of the series I read when I was little, and going on the same adventure they go on.

read aloud to make a curricular connection
I would read this aloud to kindergarteners for the purpose of literary elements, such as plot and structure. There is a definite storyline, which students would be able to identify. The humor within this book would hel
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Courtney Raymer
Personal Response: I was actually pretty familiar with these books when I was younger they were very popular but I never really read them. But I decided to use the book for goodreads and really enjoyed the book. Even though it was a pretty basic chapter book it still gave beginning readers confidence and the story lines were cute as well. I also chose this book because it is in a series and if a child really enjoys reading these and can handle them they can continue to read many books just like ...more
Chantelle
My son and I both thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series and were excited to find out what would happen as we started each one. Because my son was between 5-6 years old (he's an advanced reader) at the time, he easily identified with Henry and loved Mudge because (1) he desperately wanted a dog, and (2) Mudge's goofiness was endearing AND hilarious.

Read Aloud: Pre-K and Kindergarten
Introduces plot, character development, foreshadowing, and use of imagery.

Independent Reading: First or Seco
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Amber
Personal Response- I liked reading the book because it is a sweet story of friendship between a boy and his dog. I recognized the illustrations on the cover of the book but I did not read these books as a kid and wished I had.

Purpose in the Classroom- First grade children can use this book as one of their first transitional books because it is an easy read with only a few sentences per page. Kids who have a pet, especially a dog, will really get a kick of this book and the humorous events that
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Caroline Nichols
This book is really sweet. I liked it a lot. It's the story of a little boy named Henry, who has neither siblings nor other kids his age that live near his home. So, one day Henry asks his parents for a dog, to which they say yes, realizing that Henry needs a companion. They pick out a dog named Mudge, and Henry and Mudge become the best of friends, doing everything together. Henry and Mudge love each other deeply. One day, Mudge gets so excited about playing outside and exploring that he can't ...more
Kathleen Pine
Henry felt very lonely as he had no siblings and lived on a street with no children. Then his parents agreed to letting him get a dog, whom he named Mudge. The story talks about their tight friendship as Mudge grows bigger and made Henry feel safe and happy as they did everything together. Then one day Mudge took a walk and got lost, making both Henry and Mudge very upset. Eventually the two find each other and vow to never lose one and other again.

This story shows the love for pets, the bond of
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Kathryn
I've heard so many good things about this book and that it is hugely popular. Perhaps I had too many expectations, then. I'm not sure I was completely dazzled, but it is a very sweet story told in simple words (good for beginning read-on-my-own readers) about the friendship between a boy and his dog.
D'Anne
My Kindergartener son keeps bringing Henry and Mudge books home from the school library. This one is my favorite so far, though I do have concerns about the fact that when Mudge gets lost, Henry goes to look for him over the river and through the woods as it were by himself. I think some parental help would have been a nice touch. Help your kid look for his dog! Then again, maybe it's a representation of "free range parenting." This was published back in the 80's, after all, when kids were still ...more
Annie Carbutt
Classic - Henry has no siblings and no friends on his block, so he asks his parents for a dog. And they give him Mudge, who Henry loves with all his heart and promises never to be without. This is a great book for young children learning to read because it is both a picture book and an easy reader. The story is simple and sweet, yet it touches on deep themes. The narration flows well and the storyline is engaging. This is a great book for children just entering the world of reading on their own. ...more
Kelly Beery
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Wanett
There is a lot of emotion packed into Henry and Mudge: The First Book. The feelings of isolation and lonesomeness that Henry expresses are powerful and extremely well written, though simple and straightforward. After rejecting his initial requests his parents decide that his request for a pet can be granted. He carefully selects the perfect dog for him; little did he know that Mudge would be more dog than he could ever wish for. They become fast friends and Henry is a different child with Mudge ...more
Shelby Olszewski
Henry had no brothers, sisters, or other children on his street. He asked his parents for a dog, after they told him no to having another sibling or moving streets, they thought about it and said yes. Henry was so excited he searched for a dog. He did not want just any dog it could not be short, have curly hair, or have pointed ears. Then Henry found Mudge, he had floppy ears, straight fur, but was short. But that was only because he was a puppy. Mudge grew very quickly, he grew out of his puppy ...more
David
Henry And Mudge: The First Book by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Suçie Stevenson, is the first book in this series of over 2 dozen books about a dog & the boy who loved him. We see Mudge back in his puppy days before he becomes the 180 pound dog of all the later books. The first book has 7 very short chapters, before just 3 stories became the norm for this series. This is a sweet story, focusing on Henry's lonliness, his bonding with Mudge, and the time when Mudge got lost.

The text has a l
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Linsay
Henry and Mudge is a story about a boy named Henry that is a bit lonely and doesn’t have any friends. Henry asks his parents for a dog and to his surprise is given a very small puppy he names Mudge. We follow the two and watch as Mudge not only becomes a huge, happy, and loving Dog but Henry’s Best friend. This easy to read book is the first of many tales that Cynthia Rylant writes. Sucie Stevenson provides simple illustrations that mirrors Rylant’s beginning reader text. Stevenson’s illustratio ...more
Ryan Gray
Henry and Mudge is a great story about friendship and compassion. In the story the young boy, Henry wants nothing more than a dog of his own. At first his parents tell him that he may not have a dog, however after reconsidering the matter they decide that they will allow Henry to have a dog. Henry looks for a dog until he finds a perfect match. Henry and Mudge fall in love with each other and are as close as a dog and a young boy can be. The two are simply inseparable. One day while Henry is out ...more
Alexis Weber
This is a great book about friendship! Really relatable for kids that are only children. Also a great book packed full of emotions, starting sad and lonely with happy ending! This would be a good first independent book for a third grader. Having the whole class read it on their own and then meeting up after each section to discuss what they thought and how they felt through out it would make it like a mini book club.
Alex Mikels
This was a great book about the connection between a boy and his dog. Both of the characters go through hell and back when Mudge gets lost. My first experience of this book was damaged by the particular reader that read it aloud to me. His voice sounded like it was trying to be much older than it actually was. Here's the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovyo4...
Kelley Bennett
This is the first book in a series of books about Henry & Mudge. They have different adventures but this is the first book and tells how Henry gets Mudge. I like that it has Henry by himself and then Mudge by himself and then Henry & Mudge together. This is a beginners book and would be a great read aloud book.
Tobinsfavorite
May 25, 2010 Tobinsfavorite rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: beginning readers
Recommended to Tobinsfavorite by: librarian
Our librarian suggested this as good for our beginning reader to read out loud. We read one chapter a day. That worked great for, say, Frog and Toad, which runs 50-60 pages with five chapters per book. This is 37 (or so) pages with seven chapters in it. It's kind of boring, chapter by chapter, since so very little happens in each one. then I found out that there are 27+ books in this series! Dread! Groan! (OK, the boy doesn't have to know that, but still... he liked it.)
The art is alright. It's
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Marcie
Henry and Mudge: The First Book, written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Sucie Stevenson, is a realistic fiction book to help readers learn to read bigger, harder and longer books as part of a level reading system. This book helps introduce kids to books from two different characters' perspectives as part of the book is in Henry's perspective, part of it is in Mudge's perspective, and part of it comes from both of them together. When Mudge gets lost, their perspectives are separated, but wh ...more
Rachel Cox
Henry is a boy who has no siblings and no friends. His parents agree to get him a dog, Mudge. He comes to love this dog for a brother and is devastated when he thinks he is lost, but then Mudge comes back and all is well again.
Chelsey Stotler
1. This is a great story about compassion and friendship between a young boy and his dog. Henry’s parents allow him to buy a dog and he finds Mudge to be a perfect match. Mudge gets lost and Henry spends the day searching for him. They are finally reunited. This book was heart warming just like many of Cynthia Rylent’s books. This story could relate to anyone who has ever lost their pet. It is a very sad and helpless feeling. It may give a reader who has lost their pet hope in finding them again ...more
Megan
Natalie and I loved the first book in the Henry and Mudge series! Henry is an only child who longs for a dog and finally convinces his parents to get one. Mudge, the 180 pound dog, is Henry's best friend.
Corinne Roesler
This is another great introductory to reading book. There are several of it's kind, all involving Henry and Mudge. These books are great for new readers who are learning to read on their own.
Jill Marks
Henry and Mudge were some of the first books that I remember reading. I loved Henry and Mudge! The story is simple and the sentences are short. In the first book, Henry and his family adopt Mudge. Mudge and Henry quickly become best friends. Mudge will walk to the bus stop with Henry everyday and wait for him to come home from school. One day - Mudge runs away and Henry thinks he will never return. But of course he does! Henry and Mudge are perfect for young readers. I wouldn't use it as a class ...more
Jamie Byrum
Interest Level - Grades K - 2

Grade level Equivalent - 2.1

Type of Book: Beginning Reader Book

Genre - Comedy and Humor

Theme/Subject
Dogs
Friends and Friendship
Kyrie
I've always loved this reader about a boy and his big dog. It's not childish, and engages attention. A good way to introduce the desire to read on one's own.
Mimi
Jill really enjoys these books. They are too long for Danny, but Jill feels like a big girl, because Mommy is reading her a book with chapters. (I'll pause so you can ooh and aah appropriately now.)

I like the message in this book, and I was touched by how sad Jill thought Henry's life was. She couldn't imagine living with no siblings. She was shocked to discover there are kids like Henry with no brothers and sisters.

Oh, and this book allowed us to have a discussion about how Jill should never wa
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An author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children and young adults as well as an author and author/illustrator of picture books for children, Cynthia Rylant is recognized as a gifted writer who has contributed memorably to several genres of juvenile literature. A prolific author who often bases her works on her own background, especially on her childhood in the West Virginia mountains, she ...more
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