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

Scared at Night! H.

INFO: Charren, Deborah. Scared at Night! H. 2001.

DESC: One of the more amusing of the early levelled readers. This two-chapter book with live-action (looks like throw-away camera, c. 1991) stills chronciles the life of young Kai, who is terrified of the dark. Kai confronts his many monsters (with the help of his dad), and eventually finds a great solution for camping, regardless of the spooky noises! 2nd graders will identify with Kai’s fear and paranoia; and will appreciate the goofy and over-the-top photo accompaniments throughout!

INFO: fear, scary, spooky, scared of the dark, camping, friendship, family, monsters, monsters?

Teddy Bears Cure a Cold. K?

INFO: Gretz, Susanna. Teddy Bears Cure a Cold. K?. 1984.

DESC: This book is one of the more believable, complex and endearing of the early readers. Students will identify with William-the-Bear’s well-intentioned “fake” cold, and the love, compassion, tissues and soup that his bear housemates bestow on him – and they’ll squeal along with the drama that ensues when he starts to miss out on a whole lot of teddy bear Fun! It’s also fun to speculate about the weird multi-bear cooperative housing, and to look at all the bear’s neat fur colors and funky accoutrements. (And who is Great Uncle Jerome?!)

TAGS: illness, sickness, friendship, family, colds, curing colds, nasty tricks, snow, easy read

The Best School Year Ever. P.

INFO: Robinson, Barbara. The Best (Worst) School Year Ever. P. 1994.

DESC: One of the popular mid-range (N, O, P) “3rd grade drama” stories that chronicles (think “Wayside School”) the seemingly never-ending shenanigans of life in 3rd grade. In this tale, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School learns to live with the Herdmans – a notorious ‘outlaw’ family that do everything from stealing (and tatooing) neighborhood babies to staging a fiasco involving the whole school staff and the District Supervisor. What will our narrator do, stuck in a class with Imogene Herdman – especially since the yearlong class project is to stand up and compliment everyone in class about their good points?

TAGS: humor, school, acceptance, “weird kids,” compassion, trouble, shenanigans, 3rd grade drama, family, school