Muddigush by Kimberley Knutson

MuddigushThe snow is melting where I live.  Maple sap is running and sugar houses work to turn sap into syrup.  Hillsides and yards have stretches of white patches – and lots of mud.  Around here, we call this mud season.

Knutson captures a child’s joy in playing in mud and muddy water in her picture book, Muddigush.  Knutson brings the muddy experience to life with her silly descriptive words.

“That sludgy mudge

grabs at our boots

making squelchy slimy smucky sounds.

Smucky mush

Smacky mush

Squooshy slooshy muddigush!”

The child and two friends play in the mud – splashing in puddles, making channels in the muddy water, making mudpies, and having a wonderful time.

Eventually the water and mud dry up:  “The sqoosh and the qoosh are gone.”  And the children return to their homes.  The main character child takes off rain gear and boots, then washes hands.

“Muddigush washes clean

and the water turns black

as it gurgles

and slurgles

and snurgles

down the drain.”

Knutson’s collages beautifully illustrate the story.

This is a good book to share with children – then put on rain gear and go outside for puddle splashing or mud pie-making.