Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night (Henry and Mudge Series #17)

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In this seventeenth book of their adventures, Henry and Mudge go camping with Henry's parents. They'll go on hikes and smell good smells. They'll see deer and raccoons and waterfalls and rainbows. Henry's mother will cook camp food and Henry's father will sing sappy old songs, and they'll all lie on their backs and look at the stars (except for Mudge — he'll chew on a log, instead). And at the end of a perfect day, Henry and Mudge will snuggle in their tent and dream wonderful ...

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In this seventeenth book of their adventures, Henry and Mudge go camping with Henry's parents. They'll go on hikes and smell good smells. They'll see deer and raccoons and waterfalls and rainbows. Henry's mother will cook camp food and Henry's father will sing sappy old songs, and they'll all lie on their backs and look at the stars (except for Mudge — he'll chew on a log, instead). And at the end of a perfect day, Henry and Mudge will snuggle in their tent and dream wonderful green dreams.

Henry, his dog Mudge, and his parents go on a quiet camping trip to Big Bear Lake, enjoying the clean smell of trees and wonderful green dreams.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The whole family is going camping and Henry is excited. His Mom was a campfire girl and she really knows her stuff. Henry's Dad just comes along for the fun. They hike, pitch their tent by the side of a lake and roast hot dogs over an open fire. At nightfall, they lay back and enjoy looking at the star filled sky. Then they all snuggle up in the tent for a good night's sleep. Seventeenth in the adventures of Henry and Mudge, this is another delightful slice of life. A "Ready-to-Read" level 2 book.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Another success from Rylant and Stevenson. Their 17th visit with Mudge and Henry is full of the series' trademark warmth and gentle humor. Here, Henry, his parents, and the family's oversized pup embark on a camping trip. Henry's mother is the outdoorsperson. "She knew all about camping....Henry's dad didn't know anything about camping. He just came with a guitar and a smile." Stevenson's bright, glowing watercolors will delight readers, and they're sure to chortle over the picture of the jubilant dad with guitar in hand. In one chapter, Henry and his parents are linked physically as well as emotionally as they examine the constellations. Meanwhile, Mudge chews on a huge log, oblivious to the stars. "He couldn't get logs this good at home. Mudge loved camping." A shining addition to the series.Suzanne Hawley, Laurel Oak Elementary School, Naples, FL
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Cynthia Rylant's 17th Henry and Mudge adventure ((S&S, 1998) follows the boy-and-dog pair as they visit Big Bear Lake on a family camping trip. The three brief chapters and charming illustrations include all the ingredients that beginning readers have come to expect from this Ready-to-Read series. Characters are given clear personal attributes: Henry is fun-loving, yet a bit nervous about bears; Mudge is doggedly reassuring and rambunctious; Henry's mother is a former Camp Fire Girl; and Henry's dad makes up for his hopeless outdoor skills with his humor and guitar harmonies. Suzanne Toren's narration flows smoothly and leisurely, allowing listeners to follow along at a beginner's pace. Her voicing conveys amusement and affection, while clearly marking dialogue through varied character intonations. Most impressive are the background audio effects. The idyllic surrounds are suggested by pastoral musical interludes throughout the production. Mudge is characterized by appropriately placed doggy panting and by paws pacing from the left to right headphones. Cynthia Rylant's text and Sucie Stevenson's illustrations are given constant reinforcement with audio clues to enhance beginning readers' comprehension. Listeners hear Henry's dad playing the opening notes of "Love Me Tender" on his guitar in response to the text, the campfire crackles, and crickets chirp as the family sleeps under the twinkling stars and share green dreams together. This audio presentation enhances an already delightful story.-Mary Burkey, Grandview Heights City Schools, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Rylant (Henry and Mudge and the Sneaky Crackers, 1998, etc.) slips into a sentimental mode for this latest outing of the boy and his dog, as she sends Mudge and Henry and his parents off on a camping trip. Each character is attended to, each personality sketched in a few brief words: Henry's mother is the camping veteran with outdoor savvy; Henry's father doesn't know a tent stake from a marshmallow fork, but he's got a guitar for campfire entertainment; and the principals are their usual ready-for-fun selves. There are sappy moments, e.g., after an evening of star- gazing, Rylant sends the family off to bed with: "Everyone slept safe and sound and there were no bears, no scares. Just the clean smell of trees . . . and wonderful green dreams." With its nice tempo, the story is as toasty as its campfire and swaddled in Stevenson's trusty artwork. (Fiction. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689825866
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Series: Henry and Mudge Series , #17
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 93,194
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at CynthiaRylant.com.

Suçie Stevenson is the acclaimed author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children and is best known as the illustrator of the popular Henry and Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her little cocker spaniel, Gracie.

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