Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Jule Ann ventures outside in new, clean clothes unaware that a mud puddle lies in wait for her. After repeated mud attacks, Jule Ann's patient mother scrubs her clean and sends her out again. Jule Ann finally foils her foe. Repetitive text and humorous illustrations are perfect for kids who just can't avoid getting dirty. 1995 (orig.
Provo Library Children's Book Review
Whether you are a long-time fan of the incredible Robert Munsch or not, you will surely enjoy this clever tale.
Resource Links - Katherine Watmough
As always, a delightful Robert Munsch story.
ABQLA -L'Association des bibliothecaires du Quebec
This edition marks the third set of illustrations published with the text of Robert Munsch's story Mud Puddle (the previous editions are from 1979 and 1995)... The illustrations in this new edition are modern and clear... sure to be popular with fans of Robert Munsch.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Dressed in her clean new clothes, Jule Ann goes outside to sit under a tree. Hiding in the tree is a mud puddle that jumps on her head and covers her with mud. She runs inside to tell her mother, who puts her in the tub and scrubs her all over, even her mouth. Jule Ann puts on clean clothes and, not seeing the puddle anywhere, begins to play in her sandbox. She is ambushed by a mud puddle again and must be cleaned up. This time she puts on her raincoat before going out. When she does not see the puddle, she takes off her coat, and the mud gets her again, needing more washing and clean clothes. By this time, Jule Ann is afraid to go out. But then she gets an idea. Armed with bars of soap, she challenges the puddle, and wins. Repetition adds to the appeal of the text to younger listeners. Petricic employs comic strip technique to represent the attacks of the brown mud globs. Bits of context, like the kitchen sink, the roof gutter, and even the mother, contribute comedy to this fantasy. Jule Ann is a believable, appealing character, standing defiantly after her taunting challenge in the last scene. Mud puddles do seem occasionally to have a life of their own. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The master of the manic patterned tale offers a newly buffed version of his first published book, with appropriately gloppy new illustrations. Like the previous four iterations (orig. 1979; revised 2004, 2006, 2009), the plot remains intact through minor changes in wording: Each time young Jule Ann ventures outside in clean clothes, a nefarious mud puddle leaps out of a tree or off the roof to get her "completely all over muddy" and necessitate a vigorous parental scrubbing. Petricic gives the amorphous mud monster a particularly tarry look and texture in his scribbly, high-energy cartoon scenes. It's a formidable opponent, but the two bars of smelly soap that the resourceful child at last chucks at her attacker splatter it over the page and send it sputtering into permanent retreat. Score one for cleanliness. Like (almost) all Munsch, funny as it stands but even better read aloud, with lots of exaggerated sound effects. (Picture book. 6-8)