Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Review: The Mudhogs by Dalton James

I don't read or review many children's books, but when Bostick Communications offered me a review copy of a book written by an 8 year old, and indicated that this was his third book, I had to take a look.

Dalton James is a very talented storyteller and illustrator.  This young man has presented a delightful story about pigs who are living in a drought and therefore have no mud to roll in.  Piggy, Piggles, and Piglet are a diverse group who are trying everything they can think of to bring rain but to no avail.  They then begin a series of adventures to find rain outside their own town.  After becoming tired of finding no rain and no mud, they return home to discover it's been raining since they left.

Dalton's ending line is spot-on: "They learned that sometimes all you are looking for is at home if you just wait for it."

This young man has an elegant sense of language and exceptional ability to draw the simple pictures that will delight the 3-6 years for whom this story seems best suited.  It's an engaging story, good for library and classroom story hours as well as bedtimes with Mom and Dad.  Bravo Dalton.  I look forward to more books from this budding literary notable.


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