By Annie Bailey
Illustrator Jen Corace


Price: $16.99

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  • Publication Date: April 12, 2022
  • Imprint: Abrams Appleseed
  • Trim Size: 9 x 9
  • ISBN: 9781419750977
  • Page Count: 32
  • Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout
  • Rights: World/All

An energetic picture book ode to rainy days, outdoor play, and siblings, all about oozy, smoozy, squishy mud!

Gloopy, gloppy, gorgeous mud.
Ooozy, smoozy, soupy mud.
Stomp it, poke it, squeeze it, whack it,
Pack it into bricks and stack it.

This very young picture book from author Annie Bailey and illustrator Jen Corace celebrates all things mud! The rhyming text is full of onomatopoeia and humor, and follows a brother and sister as they go outside on a rainy day to play in the mud and then clean up—only for the muddy fun to start up again.


"Young readers who love to play outdoors and funky onomatopoeia will freely revel in this story of messy fun."
School Library Journal

About the author

Annie Bailey is a children’s author and songwriter. She developed her mud pie–making skills at a very young age and now passes this knowledge on to her four sons as they explore the outdoors surrounding their home in rural Idaho. This is her first picture book. Her previous works include the board books 10 Little Tractors10 Little Excavators, and There Is Joy, a children’s album. Visit her online at Jen Corace is the illustrator of Small World by Ishta Mercurio and Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, among other books for young readers. She also creates fine art, with a focus on the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Corace lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Learn more about her at