Mudkin by Stephen Gammell

mudkinCindy: Well, that explains it. Now I know exactly why kids love mud and you will too after you splash and slop through Mudkin (Carolrhoda 2011). In an effort to be as spare as the text in this playful romp and to get you moved on to the delightful book with no further ado, I will just say glphfnpy!  I love this little onion-headed, belly-buttoned mud waif and Gammel’s illustrations will suck you in like a gloopy mud puddle. I was left searching my clothing after closing the book, certain some of the flying, dripping mud had spattered off the pages onto me! (One more thing–brevity is NOT my strong suit–I loved the send up to Cinderella rising from the ashes…perfect!)

Lynn:  March in Michigan means mud and Mudkin couldn’t be more timely or more fun.  With the hint of spring, kids are rushing outside to play and will gleefully relish this gloppy treat.  The focus group and I are crazy about the fabulous illustrations and this enchanting little critter.  These pages look like small boys have been rushing back and forth across them and bear a strong resemblance to the current state of my floors.

There is text on only two of the pages so much is left to the reader’s imagination and reading this out-loud adds an interesting challenge.  My attempts at Mudkin’s splattery speech had the boys falling out of their chair but a more skilled  narrator than I could really have fun with this.  A totally messy delight.

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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  1. Friends, don’t miss Ian Chipman’s very fun starred review of this title by clicking on the Mudkin link above!–Cindy

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