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Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, 1997
Children’s Literature Choice List, 1998
Junior Library Guild Selection, 1997
Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee, Indiana, 1998-99
Utah Children’s Picture Book Nominee, 1999
Volunteer State Book Award Nominee, Tennessee, 2001-02
Read with Me; selected picture book distributed to all Maine kindergarten studens in 2003
New Jersey State Library Pick of the Decade List, 2005
It’s mud season, but there’s more than mud in the middle of the road. There are pigs that won’t budge, hens that won’t scatter, sheep that won’t shuffle, and bulls that won’t charge. That won’t do. For a car to get through, somebody’s gotta shoo! But who?
Down East Books is proud to bring back into print the award-winning book that launched Lynn Plourde’s career as a children’s book author. Plourde’s trademark style blends alliteration and rhyme into an elegantly simple mix that children -- and many adults -- enjoy reading aloud. Plourde’s early career as a speech therapist for children led to the development of her unique ability to create rhythmic word-plays that children love to practice.
The fanciful illustrations of John Schoenherr capture in line and color the whimsy of Plourde’s delightful tale of pigs reveling in the mud.
"A tongue twisting text and scenes filled with gooey mud made for laugh-out-loud reading." --School Library Journal
"Punchy and full of verve, this is one story kids will want to hear many times over." --Publishers Weekly
"A wonderful frolic in mud and verse." --Kirkus Reviews