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Mud Flat Olympics
     

Mud Flat Olympics

by James Stevenson
 

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Beginning readers will cheer such events as the Deepest Hole Contest, the High Hurdle (with five intrepid snail participants), the Smelliest Skunk Contest, and the River-cross Freestyle. And when it's over, everyone will agree that the Mud Flat Olympics have been perfect. Let the games begin! "Art and text work together beautifully in a goofy bit of entertainment

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Beginning readers will cheer such events as the Deepest Hole Contest, the High Hurdle (with five intrepid snail participants), the Smelliest Skunk Contest, and the River-cross Freestyle. And when it's over, everyone will agree that the Mud Flat Olympics have been perfect. Let the games begin! "Art and text work together beautifully in a goofy bit of entertainment that crackles with sly comedy."—Booklist.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Neither as affecting as Stevenson's Grandaddy's Place or Grandaddy & Janetta nor as memorable as his warm reminiscences of childhood (Don't You Know There's a War On?) nor as laugh-aloud funny as his whimsical The Flying Acorns, this good-natured chapter book is still an excellent choice for beginning readers. The annual Olympic games are being held on the mud flat, and the contestants are amiable but determined to win. The moles Kevin and Kimberly both set their sights on the Deepest Hole Contest (after burrowing underground, he reports that he encountered hot lava; she bests him with her tale of reaching China). The Smelliest Skunk Contest, the All-Snail High Hurdles and the River-cross Freestyle follow-all with unexpected results. Stevenson's animal athletes are a likable lot; even a wily crocodile who tries to win the swimming race by biting a rival makes amends in the end. The humor is subtle, delivered largely through understated dialogue and brief, pert sentences, and, of course, through Stevenson's characteristically droll watercolor-and-black-pen illustrations. Ages 5-up. (Oct.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A group of animal friends is holding its own Olympic games in this beginning chapter book. Episodes describe the Deepest Hole Contest (for moles), the All-Snail High Hurdles, the smelliest skunk contest, and the River-cross Freestyle. The delightfully funny events, which the creatures win with their wits rather than with their brawn, will please many youngsters. Stevenson's droll critter drawings, done in watercolor and pen and ink, accent and amplify the text. A book that's sure to be a hit with newly independent readers.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT
Stephanie Zvirin
ger for reading aloud. Art and text work together beautifully in a goofy bit of entertainment that crackles with sly comedy. As animal athletes test their prowess in the Mud Flat Olympics, children have a chance to see friendship, fair play, and fun in action. In "The Deepest Hole Contest," the first of four laughable competitions, moles do their stuff while onlookers "see" who's ahead by putting their ears to the ground. In another match, snails tackle high hurdles with great deliberation; in a third, a variety of amiable beasts demonstrate swimming and sportsmanship. It's the "smelliest skunk contest" ("Mr. Tokay Wins Again"), however, that's truly unforgettable. Touched with the sort of comedy that makes Stevenson's books about the elderly Worst popular, this is a great example of the author-artist's mischievous verbal wit. It also shows off Stevenson's remarkable ability to turn splashes of watercolor and a few freewheeling ink lines into expressive cartoon characters. The impish humor won't be to everyone's taste, but the animal Olympians have a lot going for them--more than enough to leave a lot of kids laughing out loud.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688129248
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
7.89(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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