Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $16.95
  • Save: $1.97 (12%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 16 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Mudkin (Carolrhoda Pictur... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Gently used former library copy with the usual markings. Clear protective plastic over the dust jacket. Eligible for Prime shipping and FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $35. Overnight and 2-Day Shipping available.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Mudkin (Carolrhoda Picture Books) Library Binding – March 1, 2011

3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Library Binding
"Please retry"
$14.98
$8.99 $0.01

For Little Readers
Ming Goes to School
Freddy the Frogcaster
One Day, The End.: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories
$14.98 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 16 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Mudkin (Carolrhoda Picture Books)
  • +
  • Tuesday
  • +
  • Flotsam
Total price: $33.24
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*Starred Review* There’s no denying it, and little use trying to stop it. Kids love mud, and here’s a picture book that positively revels in all its gleefully gloppy glory. A young girl marches out after a rainstorm with her toys, demanding a good bit of playtime. Out of the ground springs a little creature that looks kind of like a cross between an onion and, well, a friendly turd (he even has a cute little mud-butt). He introduces himself as Mudkin and asks the girl to be his queen. She’s more than happy to oblige, naturally, and they’re off on a sludge-filled adventure. Mudpies? Please. Try a mud carriage that carries our beaming mud queen up to a dazzlingly goopy castle where she looks out over a throng of adoring mudkins. Gammell tells the whole story with hardly any words. The girl has a few lines of dialogue, but Mudkin’s responses are all a scrawl of indecipherable brown smears, offering a neat chance for kids to engage and fill in their own ideas for what he’s saying. But what will really bring on the squeals is the joyfully messy watercolors that look composed of thick, overhand tosses of mud splatters and heartily ground-in grass stains. Just about the perfect book to cozy up to and relive fond memories of pre-bathtime muckfests. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ian Chipman

About the Author

Stephen Gammell is the beloved illustrator of more than fifty books for children, including "Song and Dance Man" by Karen Ackerman, which received the Caldecott Medal, and two Caldecott Honor Books: "The Relatives Came" by Cynthia Rylant, "Where the Buffaloes Begin" by Olaf Baker, and "The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate Our School "by Judy Sierra. Mr. Gammell lives with his wife, Linda, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Stephen Gammell is the beloved illustrator of more than fifty books for children, including "Song and Dance Man" by Karen Ackerman, which received the Caldecott Medal, and two Caldecott Honor Books: "The Relatives Came" by Cynthia Rylant, "Where the Buffaloes Begin" by Olaf Baker, and "The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate Our School "by Judy Sierra. Mr. Gammell lives with his wife, Linda, in St. Paul, Minnesota.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Carolrhoda Picture Books
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761357904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761357902
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,163,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Lori Katz on March 1, 2011
Format: Library Binding
For synopsis see above.

This book is all about going out after a rainstorm to play in the mud. Boys will love the rain, the mud and the messiness of the whole book. Girls will love the queen and the carriage (made out of mud). They will be laughing out loud and trying to fill in the gibberish of Mudkin's part of the conversation. Some children may need some help in understanding the story but when they get it they'll enjoy it. Recommended for pre-schoolers through first graders.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Library Binding
At first, my kids were a bit confused by Mudkin and where the story was going. This book has few words, but beautiful illustrations. It's definitely a book that was created to spark a kid's imagination - although they may need a bit of prompting to get started. Once I asked my munchkins to tell me what they thought was happening, what the little girl and Mudkin were planning, doing, or saying - the imagination pool opened up and just flowed from there. My 6 year old's impression of Mudkin was rather funny in itself. He thought the character looked like an onion head - but he loved the pages that showed his belly button. For some reason, that just made him laugh and laugh. Some fun "read and chat" points we had included:

* What if? I asked my kids what they would think if a creature suddenly formed out of a mud puddle and wanted to play with them. What would he look like? Where would they go? What would they do?
* Imaginary friends. Each of my kids have different types of imaginary play, but my 6 year old has real imaginary friends with names. We talked about his imaginary friends and what they like to do together.
* Artwork. My 10 year old daughter is quite the little artist. She devoured the pages, wondering if the artist put each mud fleck on the pages in their spot on purpose or if he flung specks of paint onto the canvas to create the muddy splotch effects.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Library Binding
When an adult see's a puddle after a rainstorm it's not often you meet one that will stomp in it, but children on the other hand... In this case it's a little girl who happens to also be the queen! Queen of what? Well, that's up to her and her imagination. In this case, her imagination carries her to a kingdom of `mud-people' lead by a small creature named Mudkin. What begins as a simple mud puddle turns into an adventure for the day.

This happens to be my first experience reading or viewing any of Stephen Gammell's work and I have to say I absolutely adore it. Beginning with the illustrations alone, you can't help but love his ability to create beautiful images with what seem to be splashes of paint. I know it's much more work than that, especially after viewing the trailer for Mudkin, but I love it.

Mudkin is the perfect story for little children with little or big imaginations. Depending on their level of understanding you may or may not have to explain a bit of what's going on due to the lack of dialogue, but that's a simple thing to accomplish. Once kiddos take in the story, see it for what it is, you can begin to see their imaginations soar. A wonderfully simple, yet gorgeous story about a young girl with a vivid imagination and her new friend Mudkin. Absolutely sure to please all who pick it up!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Library Binding
In this book a young girl goes outside after a rainstorm and has a delightful time playing in the mud. She imagines a creature formed from the mud called Mudkin. He asks her, in his own mud language which consists of brown smudges, to be the queen of his mud kingdom. She imagines receiving a mud robe and crown and riding to see her subjects in a mud carriage. It all washes away when it begins to rain again. I love the idea behind the book, the idea that our imaginations can take us anywhere and the illustrations are certainly bright and colorful, which I like in a picture book. But I guess my adult instincts are to strong, all the mud kind of makes me wince. Although I do have to laugh when I remember playing in mud with my siblings. Also, the pictures are too messy for my taste and the few words there are in the book could be confusing for children without explanation. All in all though, Gammall gives the reader an ode to the power of imagination to make even the simplest thing into something grand.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Mudkin (Carolrhoda Picture Books)
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Mudkin (Carolrhoda Picture Books)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?