EXCERPT: This cow was a pet
Who hated the wet
She was happy inside chewing cud
No one could explain
Why she went in the rain-
And got herself stuck in the mud.
ABOUT ‘STUCK IN THE MUCK’: On Mum and Ted’s farm there’s a very large barn, where Milky the cow was a pet. But no one could guess how she got herself stuck in the mud on a rain sodden night.
Join Bryn, Oscar and a parade of machines – and broken gear – as they help Milky out of the muck.
MY THOUGHTS: Luke loved A Bigger Digger by the same author and illustrator, and had been wanting this book for some time. He came to work with me for a few hours on Monday and I told him that if he was very, very good while I did my work that his pay for helping me would be this book. He was extremely good and really deserved his ‘pay.’
There’s lots of machinery involved in rescuing Milky from the muck – a quad bike, a ute, a truck, a bulldozer, a fire engine, a crane, and a helicopter.
Stuck in the Muck is lighthearted, amusing and beautifully illustrated. There is so much to see and discuss in each illustration which adds to the whole reading experience.
While I don’t like this quite as much as A Bigger Digger, Luke absolutely loves it, and whatever makes him happy, makes me happy.
THE AUTHOR: Writing a book is a bit like giving birth, the Havelock children’s author says. Brett says he often lets ideas foment for a while before writing. While the writing process itself is fairly quick, editing and revising his stories takes a lot longer.
DISCLOSURE: Luke owns his copy of Stuck in the Muck by Brett Avison and illustrated by Craig Smith, published by Plus One. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely Luke’s.
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