Henry and Mudge and the Funny Lunch

Book Information
Rating: Dependable
Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator: Carolyn Bracken
Publisher: Simon Spotlight
Year: 2004
ISBN: 9780679834448
Pages: 40

Henry and his father always make a funny lunch for Mom on Mother's Day. This year they are making a Pineapple Sofa! They go shopping for the ingredients they need, and then head home to make their creation. They even make an apple dad, a peach mother, a plum boy, and a kiwi dog to sit on the couch. Mom loves it and they all eat it together.

The words in this book are divided evenly between the pages, so no single page should frustrate young readers too much. There are also colorful illustrations on every page. The story is simple, and it provides a more a linear telling of events than a plot in which they are related. The book is for fairly advanced readers, with big words and words that are hard to sound out like "grocery" and "laughed". Overall, it is sufficient reading material for kids who need to practice reading longer beginner books, but may not be very fun to read.