• Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

“Rain’s gone! Time to play!” commands the queen. Well, she’s not really a queen—just an ordinary girl who has an extraordinary day. She meets Mudkin, a friendly creature who whips up a robe and crown for her. Away they go to meet Her Majesty’s subjects. Even if the kingdom lasts only until the next rain shower, the crown Mudkin gives her is forever.

In his unmistakable style, Caldecott-winning artist Stephen Gammell creates an ode to the most potent of childhood mixtures: mud and imagination.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV037000, JUV051000, JUV002270
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 160
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • Booklist Editor's Choice, Winner, 2011


The Horn Book Guide

“An imaginative little girl goes outside to play after a rainstorm. She meets a brown, blobby creature named Mudkin, who takes her, in a mud-constructed coach, to his home and asks her to be his people’s queen. Another rain shower washes the creatures—but not her memories—away. Spare text, all from the girl’s side of the conversation, makes room for Gammell’s trademark spattery illustrations.” —The Horn Book Guide

School Library Journal

“Mud holds a natural attraction for children it seems, and Gammell imaginatively plays off that premise with pages full of swirls and drips of brownish colors set against grays and blues of showery skies…. For Mudkin’s few phrases, Gammell cleverly places mud splats for dialogue, nudging children into supplying their own interpretations. There’s little text; the artist’s energetic style and rain-splashed colors carry the story forward.” —School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“Gammell’s signature style—wispy, loose lines with paint splatter accents—flows freely like a muddy daydream over the spreads. No doubt that kids will be checking puddles for impish, fun-loving Mudkins of their own come spring.” —Publishers Weekly


“Just about the perfect book to cozy up to and for reliving fond memories of pre-bathtime muckfests.” —Booklist, starred review

Author, Illustrator: Stephen Gammell

Stephen Gammell is the illustrator of numerous children's books, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Song and Dance Man and two Caldecott Honor books, The Relatives Came and Where the Buffaloes Begin. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife.