First there's a rainstorm. Then, as the downpour slows, out rush the children to stomp, splash, and play in the "icky sticky muddigush". There are rivers to dig, mountains to make, and mashpies to bake, until the rain stops, the water seeps away, and the muddigush is gone. A simple text alive with sounds of a joyous afternoon forms the perfect framework for bold, brilliantly colored collages.
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Muddigush is a sensory immersion. From the first page to the last, the book makes you feel what playing in the mud on a wet rainy day is like. The artwork is collage and cut-out, full of colorful and beautiful texture. Ms. Knutson’s text is unlimited by the regular vocabulary, repleat with onomotapoeia and coined words. She has captured the delight of playing in puddles and making mudpies. There is no real plot, just description of the day and the play.