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Book Review: Henry and Mudge series 

Published May 21, 2014 at 2:50 p.m.

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My husband and kids made me a pineapple couch for Mother's Day. It had kiwi pillows and four strawberry people with grape heads to represent each of us.

My family is a creative bunch, but they didn't think of this idea on their own. It was inspired by Henry and Mudge and the Funny Lunch, a book that's part of a favorite series in our household.
click to enlarge My Mother's Day treat
  • My Mother's Day treat


I discovered these appealing books five or six years ago when I was an elementary school teacher. They chronicle the sweet relationship between only child Henry and his drooly, 180-pound dog, Mudge. Their adventures aren't fancy  — building snowmen and indoor castles, training at obedience school, having sleepover parties and going camping — but they celebrate life's simple pleasures.  

Unlike many kids' books where the parents are absent, these stories feature Henry's fun and supportive mom and dad, conveying just how joyful family time can be. 

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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About The Author

Alison Novak

Alison Novak

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Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.

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