When I was asked to review this book, written by 10 year-old James Dalton, I was thrilled. How impressive is it that this is James Dalton's third book published by Outskirts Press?
Mudhogs was written when James was 8 years old and tells the tale of three pigs on the search for what they love most in this world...mud. They look far and wide and learn a few things along the way.
I have had Mudhogs for a few months, but haven't been able to review it, because, to be quite honest, I don't know where it is. My boys keep stealing it off my desk! If that isn't a great review in and of itself, I don't know what is.
For my seven year-old, it's inspiring. The book may be a little too young for him, as he is now reading chapter books, but he was more than willing to read this book over and over again to his little brother. Why? Because it was written and illustrated by someone that could be in his class! The lesson for him is beyond the written page.
For my four year-old, it's simply fun. He couldn't care less if it was written by an 8 year-old or an 80 year-old. He thought the pictures were great, as do I. It's the simplicity of the drawings that make it work, much like the Mr. Men and Little Miss series by Roger Hargreaves. The story is a perfect length for a bedtime story, and it's about mud. What's not a four year-old to love?
About the Book: Mudhogs by James Dalton Reading level: Ages 9-12 Paperback: 32 pages Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 28, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 1432745603 ISBN-13: 978-1432745608
*A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.