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Mud Puddle: Read-Aloud Edition

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,099 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Whenever Jule Ann goes outside, a Mud Puddle jumps on her and gets her muddy all over. But she defeats it with cheerful ingenuity and two bars of smelly yellow soap. As in all Munsch stories, kids are the heroes!

This ebook features read-along narration by the author as well as music and sound effects.
ebook, 32 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Annick Press (first published 1979)
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Jun 02, 2014 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, humor, pets, 2013
This is a fun and silly book that shows what happens when a little girl repeatedly gets covered in mud. Our girls really enjoyed this book and laughed often at the absurdity of the mud puddle going after Jule Ann. The illustrations are colorful and cartoonish.

Our girls liked watching the story on the Tumblebooks website. ( Robert N. Munsch is a talented storyteller and he's very entertaining when he narrates his own stories! We read this book a second time and this time I nar
Jan 16, 2013 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you have kids that always get dirty. Do they say "I don't know how I got dirty" well this is the book for them Julie Ann goes outside with fresh clean clothing and is inevitably attacked by mud puddles until she uses some quick thinking to defend herself against
Paul  Hankins
An update of the Robert Munsch (I LOVE YOU FOREVER).

The predictability (think the popular PETE THE CAT series)within the pacing of the story would make for a nice read-aloud here.

Pair this one up with Stephen Gammell's MUDKIN.
Mar 02, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever been stalked by a mud puddle? Well Jule Ann has. She finds a great way to deal with that bully of a puddle too! Girl power at it's best, with Mom's help of course!
Sharon Tyler
Aug 31, 2012 Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mud Puddle, written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Dusan Petricic, is a picturebook scheduled for release on September 1 2012. In this fun read, Jule Ann loves to play outside. However, everytime she does a sneaky mud puddle attacks. it comes at her from the roof, trees, and a variety of unexpected directions. each time Jule Ann ends up in the bath, getting dressed again, and making another attempt to play out doors. Our young hero tries to outsmart the puddle, and is creative and resourcef ...more
Jan 28, 2015 Slayermel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with young children or preschool teachers
The children in my centre just love this story! I think it’s due to the silly nature of the story. Every time Jule Ann ventures outside to play a mud puddle sneaks up on her and covers her in mud. (The children usually all laugh at these parts). So Jule Ann heads inside to her mother and gets all cleaned up and changed. When she ventures outside again the pesky Mud puddle is back. It gets to the point where Jule Ann is hesitant to go outside, so she comes up with the bright idea that she will we ...more
May 03, 2016 Nathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood, 2013
I'm less enthusiastic for this book, mostly because I'm disappointed that it doesn't feature Michael Martchenko's art. Sami Suomalainen did a good job with it, of course, but I have grown quite accustomed to the Munsch/Martchenko combo and love their collaborations.

This story is good, but I wasn't as impressed with it as other Munsch books. I seem to remember not enjoying this book as a kid either, actually.
Kat Evans
Mar 14, 2014 Kat Evans rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Kat by: author was mentioned in a facebook group
This book was silly but at the same time a bit disappointing to this parent. What parent believes that a "puddle" jumps out at children? Why wasn't she the least bit upset to have to keep bathing and redressing the child in new clean clothes? I certainly would be.
I'm a fan of Munsch's books, although there are still many I haven't read yet. I didn't discover his books until started teaching preschool. I enjoy his whimsy, his imagination, his respect for children and his humor. All of those are evident in this re-issue.

It's a fun, silly tale told with a comforting repetitiveness and wonderful attention to facial expressions. Julie Ann doesn't *try* to get dirty, she tries to stay clan but she is repeatedly ambushed by a mud puddle Her poor mother quickly
Feb 13, 2013 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jule Ann has a big problem. Although she LOVES to play outside, every time she goes outside a mud puddle attacks her. Each time, her mother puts her in the tub and scrubs her until she is red all over! Finally, Jule Ann has a great idea! She pulls out her yellow slicker. Outside, the mud puddle seems to have disappeared. soon as she takes the raincoat off, the mud puddle jumps right on her head. Jule Ann finally conquers the mud with the help of some sweet smelling soap!Illustration ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny and cute

Robert Munsch books were my favorite growing up and now I can read them on my Kindle to my kids. This is the second Munsch book I've borrowed from the kindle library and I will read more.
Nov 11, 2014 Marlee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is silly and funny, about a mud puddle constantly jumping on a little girl. I remember liking this book as a child and now my children enjoy it. It's simple with great pictures. A story that will never get old.
Sep 21, 2013 Renee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: text-to-self
Mud Puddle by Robert N. Munsch is an enjoyable children’s book and a great read-aloud for large group reading. I read this book at my placement and the children loved it! The large mud puddle comes to life, has a face, and is the villain who the hero child finally attacks and defeats with two soap bars. I love Robert Munsch books because they tell a story where the child has a strong voice and presence. His characters speak clearly using full sentences and correct but simple punctuation. Mud pud ...more
Oct 18, 2014 kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, kids, picture
got this off a read-aloud hit list. hate the art. not into the story. way too many words per page. I like the concept of the mud puddle jumping on the kid, but it's poorly done
Dec 09, 2010 Ronda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Jule Ann is a little girl with a big problem--every time she goes outside, a Mud Puddle jumps on her head! She gets mud in her ears, mud in her eyes and even mud in her nose and each time, she has to take a bath and get dressed all over again with clean clothes. After several baths and clothes changes, Jule Ann decides to try a new strategy--wearing a raincoat outside. To see if she's ever able to go outside without a mud puddle ambush, be sure to read this one (& don't forget the sound effe ...more
May 02, 2015 Celticoracle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was my introduction to Robert Munsch, and I was excited to share it with Mini-Me. I'm happy to say that she likes it too. :)
Marcia Brisson  Van Camp
This book has such cute illustrations and Aurora has had us read it many times since we brought it home.
Aug 16, 2014 Shelley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-4
simple and cute. Get rid of mud by throwing a bar of soap at it. My boy laughed.
Sep 02, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this classic Munsch book (1982), Munsch teams up with yet another illustrator - Sami Suomalainen. I loved the attaching mud puddle, with its silly eyes and its muddy drool. It's a friendly and mischevious puddly that keeps little Jule Ann muddy as much as possible. I loved the well-drawn expressions on the various faces: the puddle's mischevious, at times fierce face; Jule-Ann's ever joyful face (gotta love getting mud all over you) and the mother's extraordinarily kind and patient face as sh ...more
Alex Cherniachovsky
Great Book-Loved to Read it to My Sisters Children.
Feb 24, 2014 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Cute and reminded me of Calvin being ambushed by his bicycle...
Every time little Jule Ann plays outside a mischievous mud puddle is sure to find her. Maybe it's hiding up a tree or in her sandbox, she never knows where it is going to turn up. Jule Ann goes to great lengths to disguise herself and hide from this filthy nuisance yet she always ends up splattered in muck. Her exasperated mother has long since given up on bathing her so Jule Ann decides to confront the sneaky slime with a secret weapon. Whether you are a long-time fan of the incredible Robert M ...more
I read this book for my pre school story time and the kids LOVED it.
Stephanie Bryant
Not as good as many of his others...
Dec 18, 2009 Teddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
This is the story about Julie Ann. Her mother bought her new clothes. After Julie Ann put them on she went outside and sat under a tree. A big mud puddle jumped down from the tree and oh boy, did she get muddy. She ran inside and her mom bathed her and then Julie Ann put on new clothes again and went outside. This time the mud puddle was hiding on top of the house. jumped on her again. This kept happening until

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Bonnie Arriola
Mar 25, 2016 Bonnie Arriola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another storytime great read!
Lily Beitzel
Feb 23, 2015 Lily Beitzel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
we love robert munsch
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Jule Ann gets dressed and goes outside to play. Unbeknownst to her, a mud puddle is waiting to pounce!

What fun (and terror) for young readers! The fun is the unexpected and imaginative tale. The terror could be the attacking mud ball. Readers, young and old, must read this tall tale with silliness, joy, and determination. Problem can be solved, the solution might just take a try or two. This book would be excellent during storytime under variety of themes.

Reviewed from a NetGalley copy. Thank yo
Jule Anne is a young girl who is determined to defeat a mud puddle! It all started when she got new clothes and decided to wear them to play outside,but a mud puddle jumps on her. Jule Anne's mother bathes Jule Anne and sends her outside in clean clothes. The same thing happens to Jule Anne and gets bathed once more. This happens quite a few times until finally Jule Anne has a clever idea, she gets smelly soap bars and runs outside and the mud puddle swallows it,.thinks its disgusting and jumps ...more
Michelle Higgins
Apr 09, 2012 Michelle Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Mud Puddle is another fun read aloud by Robert Munsch. I became familiar with his books from a website that reads the book and his visual to go along with it. The website I used is, but after reading other peoples' comments I'm realizing that Robert Munsch has a his own website with audio of his books. So I'm looking forward to checking it out. Overall, students really love this book. This book could be used for visualiing or reading with expression.
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Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Fordham University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and from Boston University in 1971 with a Master of Arts degree in anthropology.

He studied to become a Jesuit priest, but decided he would rather work with children after jobs at orphanages and daycare centers. In 1973, he received a Master of Education in Chil
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