Early Reader – Henry and Mudge: The first book

Henry has no brothers and sisters. There are no kids on his street. So when he begs his parents for a dog, they say yes. Henry picks out a small little puppy, but he doesn’t stay small for long. When Mudge is done growing, he weighs 180 pounds! But Mudge is the best thing that ever happened to Henry, and vice versa.

Henry and Mudge are an unbeatable team that have become stock favorites of beginning readers. First written in 1987, this first book about the winsome duo has aged very well. The clothing is simple enough that major fashion changes aren’t an issue, and while Dad’s mustache is a bit out of date, this small detail is not glaringly anachronistic. I doubt many kids today will even realize that the book is over twenty years old or that (scary thought!) their own parents may have learned to read on this series.

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