The Mud Hole sees some renewed action in Bubba and Beau Meet the Relatives by Kathi Appelt, illus. by Arthur Howard. About the series' first book, Bubba and Beau: Best Friends, PW wrote, "Appelt's fond voice and Howard's good-humored drawings combine to suggest an easygoing, distinctly Texan family life." In this third title, the arrival of Bubba's "froufrou" relatives makes things a bit uncomfortable for Bubba at first. But it's not long before a trip to the Mud Hole and its aftermath leads to a "picture-perfect moment in Bubbaville." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Bubba and his dog, Beau, are just two little guys trying to find some fun, but it is hard to do with Mama Pearl preparing the house for the relatives. Before the relatives arrive, there is a lot of sweeping, dusting, and general tidying up to do, so Bubba and Beau head off to the mud hole to escape the cleaning frenzy. Unfortunately, Bubba and Beau do not get to enjoy the mud hole for very long. Before they know it, Big Bubba carts them off for an unpleasant bath. When the relatives finally arrive, there is a lot of celebrating and a tour of the house. Bubba and Beau use this opportunity to make one last trip to the mud hole. This story is a delightful, humorous read. In five short chapters, the reader is transported to Bubbaville where anything can happen. It has fabulous language that makes it a perfect read aloud choice. I was sorry to see this story end. Fortunately for me, there are other books featuring Bubba and Beau. 2004, Harcourt Children's Books, Ages 2 to 5.
PreS-Gr 3-Bubba and Beau return for more hilarious adventures. In this installment, the relatives are coming to see the baby, the dog, Mama Pearl, and Big Bubba at their home in the country. Mama hands out orders and soon toys are swept under beds, the pup's bones are put away, and scrumptious treats are prepared. Bubba and Beau are gussied up in fancy new duds to meet Grandaddy Bubba, Grandma Ruby, Aunt Sapphire, and Cousin Arlene and her little dog, Bitsy. After the babies are hugged and passed around, they crawl to Bubba's favorite place-the mud hole-where they get good and filthy. There is only one thing to do-fill up the bed of the pickup truck, don swimsuits, and have a relaxing family soak. With interjections such as "Sister, that mud hole was better than pickled eggs," Appelt's folksy narrative dances through the five short chapters, and careful pacing and dialogue add to the fun. Howard's illustrations extend the jokes; readers will laugh out loud at Mama Pearl as she hides clutter in closets and at the hilarious depiction of Cousin Arlene and her "froufrou city" Pekingese. Comparisons to Cynthia Rylant's The Relatives Came (S & S, 1985) are obvious, but this book more than holds its own.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Language that snaps, crackles, and tickles once again thrives in the further adventures of Bubba and Beau, the jowly, eggheaded toddler and his faithful mutt. When relatives phone to make an unexpected visit, Bubbaville is abuzz with cleaning and fixing. Bubba and Beau head for the mud hole and some relaxing oozing. But Mama Pearl is having none of that. Once they get scrubbed up and in their new duds ("scratchier than the toilet brush"), it's time for lots of kissing and hugging and an introduction to the relatives' toddler, Arlene, and her dog Bitsy. Bubba sighs: "Honey, it was froufrou city." Despite the frills and ribbons, Arlene, Bubba, and the dogs soon find common ground: the mud hole. "Brother, it was paradise found." After a quick cleanup it's time for Big Bubba's Bodacious Banana Buttermilk Pie: "Sister, it was better than a trip to Graceland," both the eating and the tossing around. Howard's trademark droll art captures the down-home conviviality that is indeed "paradise found." (Picture book. 2-5)
“Energetic watercolor illustrations . . . create a down-home setting that complements [the] colloquial voice. Yeehaw!”The Horn Book
“The flavorful text begs to be read aloud.”Booklist