Book Review: Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud

Rating: ★★★★☆

This energetic book depicts a 1950′s Northeastern family on a trip into town in their Model T Ford.  But their forward progress is repeatedly blocked by a variety of ever-increasing animals.  Brother, sister, mama, and papa all take a turn to try to clear the way, but all are unsuccessful until Grandma gets “her dander up” and takes decisive action… with dramatic results.

This book has all the qualities toddlers love: predictability, simple slapstick hilarity, rhythm, and drama mixed with a warm family dynamic.  Adults will enjoy reading it aloud, and there is enough complexity to draw in older elementary children.  Plourde demonstrates a flair with wordplay, effortlessly weaving invented words such as “shmuffle” and “smarge” into her well-written story events, and her subtle interpersonal humor will make this an instant, and repeated, success.  Schoenherr’s illustrations depart from the more somber mood of Owl Moon into bright watercolors situated against white space, creating a lightheartedly playful experience.

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Publication Information: Plourde, Lynn. Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud. Schoenherr, John (Illustrator). Down East Books. 2006. ISBN: 0892727195.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04
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Posted on February 28, 2011

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