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Mud Puddle Early Reader

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This is a Children's Early Reader book that I read with all my kids. We took turns reading, and they had so much fun. I think the story pulled in the kids, and this book had them laughing so hard. I also think the words are easy for kids to read with just a little bit of help. This is a great and fun story to read. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Annick Press) or author (Robert Munsch) via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.
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Princess Fuzzypants here:  Poor Julie Ann.  Every time she gets cleaned up a malicious puddle attacks her and covers her in mud.  Her mom plops her in the bath after each incident but it is not until Julie Ann goes on the offensive that she defeats the mud puddle.  It is a funny story as only Robert Munsch can write and the artwork is still adorable even with the change of artists.

What makes this special is there are all sorts of aids to help parents teach their young children to read on their own.  The stories are meant to be shared.  But it is an added bonus if the one reading is actually the child.  Five purrs and two paws up.
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Mud Puddle is a silly story about clean clothes attracting mud puddles. The early reader is a simpler version of the story we all know and love. My six year old enjoyed the repetition of the story. The anticipation of the mud puddle being about to strike was hilarious.  I enjoyed that my new reader could make out most of the words on his own while adding sight words to memory.  At the end of the book, there are activities to further explore the story and build literacy skills with your child.
As a parent to a new reader, I appreciated the Getting Ready for Reading Tips. This book would be an excellent addition to a home library or classroom.

Thank you to NetGalley and Annick Press Ltd for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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A big thank you to NetGalley and Annick Press for the ARC.  I am voluntarily reviewing this book.   This is a children's book.  It is a cute book-sort of bizarre.  A mud puddle in a tree?  It is creative and fun.  4 stars
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This is a delightful story that kids and parents will love. The idea of a child constantly getting dirty is relatable and the humorous illustrations add to the story. As a reading teacher, what I love most is that this imprint includes lots of good reading information to make the experience more beneficial to early readers. Included are simple bulleted lists of phonics skills, pre-reading ideas and tips for read aloud. This is so helpful for teachers and parents who want to make the reading meaningful for early readers. This would be a great addition to any primary classroom or home library.
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While I do not like this book for the same reason I have not liked the other Munsch Readers, I do like this story of a little girl who keeps getting attacked by mud puddles.
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I'm a huge Robert Munsch fan and was excited to read this version of Mud Puddle. It's adapted from his original book to make it more accessible to early readers.

At the start of the book there's a "before reading" list of four high frequency words, a character introduction, a character spotlight, a description of compound words and a phonics section with the focus on "m". The back of the book includes some "Getting Ready for Reading Tips". I think parents and teachers will find all those sections very useful.

What I love about this story is Jule Ann's ridiculous situation with the attacking mud puddle. It's very funny! And I also love that Jule Ann uses her problem-solving skills to figure out how to get rid of the mud puddle.

The text has lots of repetition and pictures on every page, which is important for early readers. My only tiny quibble is that at the back of the book it says "...perfect for emergent readers ready for reading by themselves..."  I taught Grade 1 for 25 years and using the word "emergent" here is confusing. The children who will be able to read this book are no longer emergent readers. I'd replace the word "emergent" for "young". 

Thank you very much to NetGalley and Annick Press for the advanced readers copy!

I'll post a review on my blog a week before the release date (
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As a grade 2/3 teacher, I can see this being a wonderful addition to my classroom! I love reading Robert Munsch books to my class, but for some of my readers, they are a little too challenging. These early reader versions would be the perfect bridge for them to get closer to reading the originals (while still enjoying the stories by reading them themselves). The words are easy enough many would be able to decode them, and the repetition in the books is wonderful as well. 
I LOVE the beginning and end of the early readers with all the tips and tricks that get kids ready to read the book. I would highly recommend these books!
Thank you netgalley for the ARC.
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In my early teaching years, I was introduced to Robert Munsch books by a fellow teacher.  I fell in love with the humorous stories and the fun illustrations.  Seeing that there were early reader versions coming out made me excited to see how they were structured.  As with the original version, Mud Puddle Early Reader is silly and entertaining.  It is sure to make children laugh.  I was pleased to see that there are additions to this version for before and after reading.  There is an introduction to the characters in the story and the high-frequency words that are in the book.  There is also a short lesson on phonics (letter 'm') and compound words. The letter 'm' is in green throughout the text, drawing attention to how it is used in words.  At the end of the book are some tips for getting ready to read and ways to make reading more fun.  As a teacher, I enjoyed this new version and I know that my students will too.
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I was really excited when I saw that this book was being published. Robert Munsch is a beloved author from the U.S. and Canada who inspired the love of reading in so many children and adults for generations. This book combines the classic story and illustrations that readers know and love with the strategies teachers and parents want to teach their young readers readily available at the beginning and end of the book. 

Leveled books are a great tool for young readers but also have a bad rap and history of being extremely dull. This book breaks that mold because it features the same story kids love but is written in an accessible font, and includes pre and post reading activities. Robert Munsch books are great for kids to begin with. They offer repetitive text, are fun to read and listen to and are generally written at about a grade 2 level. The adjustments to this book make it even more accessible and in my opinion are the best of both worlds! As a grade 3 teacher (who is currently doing a Robert Munsch unit in class at the time of this review) I would absolutely like to see this book in my classroom library, especially for home reading or guided reading purposes. Children love these books and they gravitate towards them in grades k-4. I would recommend this book to parents and teachers of children in the 3-9 age range, as well as slightly older students who typically struggle with reading or dislike reading or are learning to read in English, as I think this book would be perfect to support them while still being something that is enjoyable to read. 

Thanks SO much to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. I can't wait to order copies for my classroom next fall!
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I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hilarious. Have I mentioned that I love Robert Munsch? I love Robert Munsch. Mud Puddle is hilarious!  I think this is a story that most kids could easily relate to. If you've ever been repeatedly assaulted by a mud puddle, you should read this book. I expect that it would be therapeutic.
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This is a really great book for early readers and is super funny too!

I had my first grader read this book since she is a fairly new reader.  A great thing about this book is the word repetition.  A couple words my daughter wasn't as sure of at the beginning became easier as the book went on and has been recognizing them elsewhere.

The humor in this book was very engaging.  Poor Jule Ann kept getting muddy over and over.  The pictures of her completely coated in mud were hilarious.  

This book is great for building young reader confidence!

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy of this ARC for an honest review.
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