Henry & Mudge and the Wild Wind. J.

Rylant, Cynthia and Sucie Stevenson. Henry & Mudge and the Wild Wind. J. 1993.

Henry and his dog Mudge confront their fears of thunderstorms with help from hot cocoa and his father’s invented game of “crawl-through-enemy-lines.” Chapters are 10-15 pages long.

TAGS: Fiction, chapter, henry and mudge, fears, storms, weather, imagination, crafts, j

Henry & Mudge and the Long Weekend. J.

 

Rylant, Cynthia and Sucie Stevenson. Henry & Mudge and the Long Weekend. J. 1992.

Henry, his big dog Mudge, and his mom and dad cope with February boredom over a long weekend by building a castle out of old boxes in the basement. Chapters are 5-10 pages long.

TAGS: Henry and mudge, winter, castle, dogs, fiction, chapter, family, funny, crafts, J

Henry & Mudge Under the Yellow Moon. J.

Rylant, Cynthia and Sucie Stevenson. Henry & Mudge Under the Yellow Moon. J. 1987.

Henry and his dog Mudge enjoy walks in the fall, are scared by Halloween stories, and cope with an annoying aunt visiting for Thanksgiving. First chapter is 7 pages long, other chapters are 15-18 pages long.

TAGS: henry and mudge, autumn, Halloween, celebrations, thanksgiving, dogs, fiction, chapter, family, J

Stone Fox. P.

INFO: Reynolds Gardiner, John.  Stone Fox. P. 1980.

DESC.: To give his grandfather the will to live and save their farm, 10-year-old Little Willy and his dog Searchlight try running the farm, but to make enough money they have to enter a dogsled race against the famous racer Stone Fox. Chapters are 6-8 pages long.

TAGS: dogs, farming, race, grandfather, illness, chapter, p, dogsled, fiction

Marvin Redpost: Alone in his Teacher’s House. M.

INFO: Sachar, Louis. Marvin Redpost: Alone in His Teacher’s House. M. 1994.

DESC: This installment of Sachar’s immensely likeable Marvin Redpost series starts off with a bang – one that every 2nd or 3rd grader would ogle over: our hero, Marvin Redpost, gets the chance to dog-sit for his teacher, Ms. North, while she goes out-of-town. Translation: Marvin Redpost, in his very own hand, holds the key. To his teacher’s house. The rest of the developments in this shockingly mature book come truly as surprises, and I won’t spoil them here. But, suffice it to say that this book winds up being a bit more serious, touching, and realistic than one would ever expect from a level-M early children’s book. It’s probably worth it to read, but be prepared to counsel your sad kids when it’s all said and done!

TAGS: responsibility, teachers, dogsitting, dogs, old animals, life, the circle of life, mortality, shocking surprises, guilt, fear, shame, catharsis, fiction, chapter, louis sachar, marvin redpost

A Dog’s Best Friend. L.

INFO: Thompson, Gary. A Dog’s Best Friend. L. 1998.

DESC: A somewhat disturbing choice for a level L, A Dog’s Best Friend chronicles the life of “Niles,” a very spoiled and downright mean Schnauzer, as a new dog (a much less fancy basset hound, at that) moves into his owner’s ritzy condominum. The vindictive elements of Niles’ personality are a bit much; but some kids might get a kick out of discussing Niles’ personality, and the nasty trick he plays on newcomer (the unfortunately-named Crumbley). Eventually, the book turns around: Niles and Crumbley start to become friends, and Niles accepts that Crumbley, even though he’s not as polished or fancy as Niles himself, might not be so dumb after all.

TAGS: acceptance, understanding, new friends, changes, being nice, kindness, dogs, dog stories, fiction, L