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 Puppy Mudge takes a bath (Puppy Mudge, Ready-To-Read. Pre-Level One)
 Author: Rylant, Cynthia

 Publisher:  Aladdin Paperbacks (2004)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [28] p., col. ill., 23 cm.

 BTSB No: 774161 ISBN: 9780689839801
 Ages: 3-5 Grades: K

 Dogs -- Fiction
 Baths -- Fiction

Price: $14.54

When his puppy Mudge gets dirty, Henry has some trouble giving him a bath.

 Illustrator: Mones, Isidre
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: .70
   Points: .5   Quiz: 70788

Common Core Standards 
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   K.RF Print Concepts
   Grade K → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → K.RF Fluency

   School Library Journal (04/03)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (02/03)

Full Text Reviews:

Bulletin for the Center... - 02/01/2003 Simplify the text, magnify the images, and presto! . . . Rylant’s popular Henry and Mudge readers turn into pre-readers. The wordplay still manages to be funny, repetitive, and sonorous: “This is Henry’s puppy Mudge. Mudge loves mud. Mud makes Mudge roll. And roll. And roll. Mudge is muddy. Mudge needs a bath. There is the tub. Where is Mudge? Mudge is hiding. Mudge does not love tubs.” You get the picture, especially since this is a third of the text already (thirty-eight out of 102 words). Meanwhile, Isidre Mones’ illustrations “in the style of Suçie Stevenson” are just that: buoyant cartoons with the familiar black-ink-outlined figures of an exuberant dog and boy tumbling across double-page spreads that are inscribed with a line or two of prominent, easily decoded text. It would be nice to see this economically packaged as four story/chapters to a book, but maybe preschoolers will thrill to the idea of finishing an entire diminutive volume on their own. Another option would be reading it aloud to a two- or three-year-old moving from board books to the realm of brief but active story. Youngsters will certainly sympathize with Henry and perhaps even more with Mudge, since young canines and young humans often share an affinity for mud, along with an aversion to baths. - Copyright 2003 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

School Library Journal - 04/01/2003 PreS-Gr 1-This slight tale is tailored to the needs of beginning readers with a vocabulary of approximately 40 words. Rylant casts her well-loved characters in a prequel set during Mudge's puppy days. The irresistible pooch loves getting muddy, but doesn't love baths. Henry solves this dilemma by getting in the tub with him. Mones's serviceable pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoons, done in the style of Sucie Stevenson's work, exaggerate the dog's charms. However, neither puppy Mudge nor Henry looks noticeably younger than in the earlier books; in fact, if you go back, you'll see that puppy Mudge looks nothing like the dog depicted in the original series. Though the pup is as engaging as always, this derivative spin-off does not meet the high standards set by the original series.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information. - Copyright 2003 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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