Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover: Ready-to-Read Level 2 (Henry & Mudge)

by Cynthia Rylant

Paperback, 2007



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Simon Spotlight (2007), Edition: Reprint, 40 pages


Henry and his dog Mudge are invited to a sleepover in Patrick's attic, where they watch monster movies, eat pizza, and enjoy a contest to determine whose dog is the best popcorn catcher.

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LibraryThing member TeacherLibrarian
Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge and the big sleepover. (2006). Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

This is a very simple story for very young readers. It tells the story of Henry and his big, nice dog Mudge, going to Henry’s friend Patrick’s house for a sleepover with more of other
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boys’ friends. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations show that Henry and Patrick are White and they have Black friends and White friends. Many of the boys bring their dogs to the sleepover. They play board games and video games, as well as modified basketball and bowling. They eat popcorn and pizza and watch a monster movie. The dogs have a popcorn-catching contest, which Mudge doesn’t win. He’s all right with not winning, however. In the morning they find that all the dogs end up sleeping in Mudge’s sleeping bag.

This is an enjoyable story for young readers. Although it doesn’t address controversial topics or point out the harsh realities some children must live with, it does address the universal theme of friendship, as the boys enjoy a night of games and companionship with each other and their dogs. Many students reading this story will connect it to parties they have attended. The characterizations are not deep, but students will relate to the happiness of the boys as they play and watch a movie together. The illustrator includes both White children and children of color, so the book includes characters of diverse races joining together to have fun.

The illustrations add details the text leaves out, such as what the setting looks like and what the children and dogs do at the party.
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LibraryThing member megjwal
Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover by Cynthia Rylant

In this easy reader, Henry and Mudge are invited to a sleep over at Patrick’s house! They eat pizza, watch monster movies and eat popcorn. Mudge even gets his own sleeping bag too. Will the boys ever get to sleep?
I think this is a great story
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because kids can really relate to it. I remember having a blast at sleepovers growing up!

I would use this story with Pre-K to First graders. I would have the younger students do a Venn diagram comparing Henry and Mudge sleepover with a sleepover they have experienced. I would have the first grade students practice their reading skills and write about their favorite sleepover.
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LibraryThing member MeghanChun
Pre-K - First grade level book
This is a story about a boy named Henry and his big dog named Mudge. Henry and Mudge get invited to a sleepover at their friend Patrick’s house. They are very excited to go.
At this party, there are boys and their dogs. They are all hanging out in the attic of
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Patrick’s house. Everyone played different games then watched a scary movie about monsters while eating pizza. They then had a popcorn eating contest and Henry thought that Mudge was going to win. But a different dog won. The boys made shadows with their flashlights then went to bed. The next morning, Henry and Mudge go home.
This is a good story for children to relate to and make connections to their own experiences with having sleepovers. It is also a good book to use when teaching about friendship and companionship.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
I have a lot of respect for Henry's mom. In some ways I want to be her, with a big porch & yard & trees, and long dresses and bare feet - but I don't want a huge slobbery dog, thank you.
LibraryThing member NMiller22
Henry and Mudge are invited to a sleepover in Patrick’s attic, where they watch monster movies, eat pizza, and enjoy a contest to determine whose dog is the best popcorn catcher.


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9 inches


0545036259 / 9780545036252

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