Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young
people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball,
Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel
Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake
Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at CynthiaRylant.com.
Sucie Stevenson is the acclaimed author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children and is best known as the illustrator of the popular Henry and Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her little cocker spaniel, Gracie.
Gr 1-3-Henry and Mudge need no introduction. The dog and his young master continue to delight emergent readers with their exciting adventures marked by affection, joy, surprise and wonder. In this eighth episode of the series by Cynthia Rylant (S&S, 1990), they find a stray cat that has "a saggy belly, skinny legs and fur that looked like mashed prunes." It may be the shabbiest cat, but it soon becomes the happiest one. Henry and Mudge fear that the rightful owner may appear to claim their stray. The dramatic narration by George Guidall intensifies the story with pathos, suspense and humor; his reading pace is perfectly attuned to the ability of young readers. There is always a constant demand for Henry and Mudge adventures.-Patricia Mahoney Brown, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Kenmore, NY