Author/Illustrator: Stephen Gammell
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Publication Date: August 1, 2010
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When a girl playing pretend in the mud looks into a puddle, she conjures up something fantastic and ends up a queen.
This was fantastic! A very fun romp in the mud!
The illustrations are very cool. They remind me of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (obviously, since Stephen Gammell illustrated those books) just without the super creepy element. I love the watercolor paint splattered look of everything and it works amazingly for this story. Mud-splatters galore!
The story is told mostly through pictures with a little dialogue thrown in, half of which is mud spatters that take place of the adorable little Mudkin's words. But our little 'queen' makes it easier to figure out what he is saying.
This is the perfect book for a very imaginative child or any child who loves books for the pictures more than the words.