Stuck In The Mud

Stuck In The Mud

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by Jane Clarke, Garry Parsons
     
 

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Early in the morning, down on the farm, a new day is dawning, peaceful and calm. But then chaos strikes - Hen discovers one of her chicks is stuck in the mud! One by one, all the farm animals try and help pull the chick out, but of course they get stuck too. And seeing all her friends stuck in the mud is just when the naughty chick plops out - 'You pushed and you

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Early in the morning, down on the farm, a new day is dawning, peaceful and calm. But then chaos strikes - Hen discovers one of her chicks is stuck in the mud! One by one, all the farm animals try and help pull the chick out, but of course they get stuck too. And seeing all her friends stuck in the mud is just when the naughty chick plops out - 'You pushed and you pulled, again and again, but I'm not stuck now and I wasn't stuck then!'

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Publishers Weekly

A hysterical hen is convinced that her beloved chick is meeting his doom in the farmyard's deep, thick mud. After getting stuck herself trying to free him, she enlists the entire farm population to help her; one by one, each gets entrapped in the mud as well. The chain of pullers and pushers grows long enough to require a gatefold spread, at which point the cheeky chick reveals that he was never in any danger: "It's time I got out," he announces. "And with a small plop,/ Chick jumped off the mud/ with a skip and hop." Clarke's predictable rhymes and word choices ("It's purr-fectly easy," says a cat, "I'll soon pull you free") may make presiding adults yearn for Jez Alborough's far punchier mud-as-nemesis tale, Duck in a Truck. But Parsons (Trouble at the Dinosaur Café) assembles a memorably emotive animal cast, and it's a lot of fun to watch this hapless and increasingly chagrined group struggle its way toward a totally unnecessary rescue. Ages 3-7. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-K- One morning, a hen awakens to find a chick missing from her brood. She spots him in the middle of a patch of "mucky mud," assumes he is trapped, and clucks hysterically until her friends come to help pull him out. One by one, the rescuers also become mired in the muck. Only when the situation looks hopeless does the chick jump effortlessly out of the mud and declare, "...I'm not stuck now and I wasn't stuck then!...thanks for playing with me!" Bright paintings in solid colors and simple, yet expressive cartoon animals are well suited to very young listeners, who will relate to the mischievous chick and his overprotective mom. While rhyme and rhythm are not always intuitive, the repetition of characters pushing, pulling, and becoming stuck is a delightful setup for the book's unexpected ending.-Madeline Walton-Hadlock, San Jose Public Library, CA

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Kirkus Reviews
Fine fare for children who think grown-ups are big sillies, this cumulative barnyard tale features a chick in a mud puddle and a lengthening string of helpful animals who get stuck trying to pull him out. Responding to the hen's squawks-" . . . My poor little chick! / He's stuck in the mud . . . / and the mud's deep and thick!"-Cat and Dog, Sheep, Horse and even Farmer run to the rescue, only to find themselves muddy and mired. Parsons' full-bleed cartoons place the familiar cast in a sunny, spacious, easy-to-recognize setting, and the text is split into short segments just right for uncertain new readers. In a climactic fold-out scene, the chick blithely hops out, having never been stuck in the first place, and cheerily gambols away, chortling "Mud is great fun! / I'm sure you'll agree. / I love mucky mud-thanks for playing with me!" The puddle doesn't look all that gooey in the pictures, but this will still make a splash, both with groups and audiences of one. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141500072
Publisher:
Penguin UK
Publication date:
03/27/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
438,501
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Jane Clarke is the author of several Flying Foxes and Blue Bananas titles as well as the recent picture book, Gilbert the Great, illustrated by Charles Fuge. Jane lives in Kent. Garry Parsons is a young and increasingly successful illustrator receiving more acclaim with each book he publishes. He is known for Billy's Bucket (Random) and Emily's Perfect Pet (Gullane), as well as Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe, which Puffin published in 2006.

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Stuck in the Mud 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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My class read Stuck in the Mud as part of our farm unit. The children were thoroughly entertained by the story line and illustrations. The punch line of always ask before you assume something was a great topic of discussion.