This is the Mud (PB)

‘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 illustrated by Warren Crossett – who won the 2015 Doug Moran National Portraiture Prize.

Copies are available on this website, under the Kat’s Books tab – or by clicking on the book cover. Kathryn will happily sign the books for you!

You can read the full reviews of ‘This is the Mud!’ by clicking the links below.

Activities to accompany ‘This is the Mud!’ are under the Kids Stuff tab.


RRP $16.99

Click on the vimeo pic to see an online reading from Balwyn North Primary School; 



“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)

5 of 5 Stars! 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 –

Mentioned in ABC TV interview with Doug Moran Portraiture Prize Winner, and illustrator of ‘This is the Mud!’, Warren Crossett. (Watch: 3:20)


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