Title: The Mudhogs
Author: Dalton James
Publisher: Outskirts Press
About the book: The mudhogs are three little pigs, Piggy, Piggles, and Piglet, that are on a quest to find mud. The ground where they are living is all dried up and hard. They first try different experiments to see if they can produce rain themselves. When that does not work, they set out on a trip to try to find mud somewhere else.
My thoughts: Another cute book by Dalton James. My son and I had shared his first two books (The Sneakiest Pirates and The Heroes of Googley Woogley) and I had showed him the picture of Dalton, who I believe is 8, and explained that he had written the books and drew the pictures. He was very excited when he found out that The Mudhogs was also by Dalton. He asked questions about the pictures all the way through the book and even started to recognize the phrases, No Rain, No Mud. I continue to be impressed by the imagination of Dalton, both in his story lines and his illustrations. Not only does this book have a cute lesson, it is also a good incentive to get younger kid's creative juices flowing.
About the author: Dalton is currently in the third grade and is illustrating his third book in his imaginative adventure series with his dad, Super Pete Saves the Day, while writing another book on pigs, Snouter Pig, and brainstorming the second book in his mudhog series. Dalton has a large collection of stuffed pigs of all shapes and sizes as well as his own small library of books about pigs.
He holds a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and likes to practice and enter tournaments. He also plays basketball, baseball and runs five kilometer races. Dalton wants to be a fireman, a policeman, a detective, a doctor or a writer when he grows up; depending on the day you talk to him.
~This book was provided for review by Bostick Communications and the author.~
Publisher/Publication Date: Outskirts Press, October 2009