Cynthia Rylant is a prolific author of books for children, and a perennial favorite here at the library. Henry and Mudge, a boy and his huge dog, were featured in their first book in the mid-eighties, and yet are still popular today. The stories about the pair – and lately their neighbor Annie and her pet rabbit Snowball – are filled with settings and emotions that many children can relate to. Each book has three or four short, heavily illustrated chapters.
In Henry and Mudge in the Green Time focuses on stories of Henry and Mudge outdoors. They have a picnic and get stung by a bee; Henry gives Mudge a bath; they imagine themselves a king and his dragon. The illustrations lend support to the text.