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Mud Puddle

Mud Puddle

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by Robert Munsch, Dusan Petricic (Illustrator)

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Whenever Jule Ann goes outside, a Mud Puddle jumps on her and gets her muddy all over. Jule Ann vanquishes Mud Puddle in a charming and resourceful way. As in all of Munsch's stories, the kids are the heroes! Full-color illustrations.


Whenever Jule Ann goes outside, a Mud Puddle jumps on her and gets her muddy all over. Jule Ann vanquishes Mud Puddle in a charming and resourceful way. As in all of Munsch's stories, the kids are the heroes! Full-color illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
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 - Kellie Deys
Munsch has a signature style: mixing a wry sense of sarcasm with a level of respect for his readers, he creates young characters whose spunkiness leads them to flip expectations on their heads. In this work, Munsch does not disappoint. Working from a simple premise (young Jule Ann wants to go out and play, but a mud puddle persistently jumps on her, coating her with mud), Munsch offers a counter narrative for a child’s muddiness. Munsch gives voice to every child who has sworn to her parent that she did not jump in the mud. After several mud drenchings, each followed by a bath and scrubbing from her mother, Jule Ann seizes control of the situation and taunts the mud puddle, throwing soap at it to defeat it once and for all. Readers will cheer for Jule Ann and laugh at the sheer silliness of the tale. Petricic’s illustrations, which emphasize the splattering of the mud and the facial expressions of Jule Ann and her pets, will draw readers in as well. This title is reminiscent of Dick Gackenbach’s Annie and the Mud Monster (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1982). Reviewer: Kellie Deys, Ph.D.; Ages 4 to 7.
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
Kirkus Reviews
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)

Product Details

Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
Munsch for Kids Series
Edition description:
New Edition
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Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Munsch has written almost 60 books for children, including The Paper Bag Princess and 50 Below Zero. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

Dusan Petricic's brilliant illustrations have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and books around the world. His most recent book with Annick, The Man with the Violin, was the winner of the prestigious TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. He lives in Zemun, Serbia.

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Mud Puddle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Mannyb More than 1 year ago
Our granddaughter loved the book so much she spent every day for the next few weeks experimenting in mud! With a bit of baking soda and vinegar, she discovered mud volcano fun! We call her the 'mud muffin' now. What fun this book is!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This funny story reminds me of my teenagers who would always manage to get muddy everytime they went out to play. Like Jule Ann they never wanted to admit that they actually jumped in the mud. This is my 4-year olds favorite Munsch book. We have several that we collect. Excellent children's author.