“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.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Genre||Fiction, Picture Books|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Carolrhoda Books ®|
|Number of Pages||32|
- Booklist Editor's Choice
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
“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.