‘This is the Mud!’ is Kathryn’s first picture book. It’s a rollicking Aussie rhyming tale of muck, mess and mayhem, published by Lothian Hachette. ‘This is the Mud!’ was launched in muddy MAYhem at the Miriam Vale State School Under 8′s Day in May 2009. With almost 400 children in attendance, there was plenty of muck, mess and mayhem which you can read about here.
You can read the full reviews of ‘This is the Mud!’ by clicking on the links.
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“This is an outstanding read aloud offering which will be requested regularly by young listeners.” (Aussie Book Reviews)
“Sure to be popular with those it is read to with simple text and action-filled illustrations.” (Storytime New Zealand)
“Like all the best cumulative rhymes, this book would be great fun to read aloud, either in class or at home. The rhyme rollicks along naturally…” (Australian Bookseller and Publisher via Boomerang Books)
“This is the Mud! is a text that demands to be read aloud. With pomp and emphasis! With oomph, emotion and expression! … a wonderful read-aloud, rhyme-along, imagine-the-mess book.” (The Reading Stack/Oz Lit Review )
“This is a wonderfully Australian picture book that thankfully avoids the overtly Australian trappings many books force…” (Reading Upside Down)
“Very clever how with so few words, Kat has managed to get so many things boys love in there, like mud, utes, tractors etc. Awesome!” (Catherine Johnson – Canada)
“Kathryn Apel’s first picture book, This Is The Mud, is a fantastic read aloud, read together book for home or in the classroom.” (Jenny Sharp)
“ A wonderful book for kids and parents! This is a family favourite, for the ease of reading, the lovely tale. Highly recommend this…” (Customer Review – fishpond.com)