Monday, July 6, 2009

What's Wrong With Mud?

Today I am honored to introduce an adorable picture book -- What's Wrong With Mud? Written by Gillian Colley and illustrated by Nikki Shoemaker, today is day 2 of Nikki's virtual tour for her first published book. If her name sounds familiar, it's because Nikki is also illustrating my upcoming book, Lemur Troops & Critter Groups. Nikki is an amazing illustrator. Her animal characters are so adorable that you just want to reach out and cuddle them. What's Wrong With Mud? is no exception -- it's cuter than cute! There are splashing ducks, messy pigs, lots of gooey mud -- and fun for all!

Mud is fascinating stuff -- it can be used many ways. You can make a building out of mud. Some ceramics are made from mud. Spas use mud for facial treatments. In Haiti, mud is used for food because people are so poor and it helps quench their hunger. People wrestle in mud. Monster trucks and motorcycles race in mud. The list goes on and on. One joy of being a kid is making mud pies. I remember getting the mud so gooey and wet that it jiggled when I patted it. Just like the book title -- What's Wrong With Mud? -- everyone has their own idea of what they like or dislike about mud!

Thanks for stopping by the What’s Wrong with Mud? Virtual Book Tour. Nikki is giving away 3 themed tote bags and there are 3 ways to enter to win!

1. Copy/paste the book tour schedule onto your blog and leave a comment on Nikki’s blog to let her know that you posted on or before Saturday, July 11.

2. Create your own blog post promoting What’s Wrong with Mud? (You can contact Nikki for the Cover image and an interview to post if you want to.)
3. Stop by each blog on the Book Tour and leave a comment on each including Nikki’s blog (on or before Saturday, July 11), to let her know to enter you into the drawing.

If you enjoyed the book tour and would like a autographed copy of What’s Wrong with Mud? please email Nikki Shoemaker @ for more details.

Tour Schedule --

Sunday, July 5 -- Nikki Shoemaker announcing the book tour
Monday, July 6 --
Rena Jones
Tuesday, July 7 -- Crystalee Calderwood and Mandy Hedrick
Wednesday, July 8 -- Wendy Martin and Roberta Baird
Thursday, July 9 -- Linda B. Rodgers and Carli Moua
Friday, July 10 -- Diana Jenkins
Saturday, July 11 -- Nikki Shoemaker wrapping up book tour and announcing winners.


  1. The book sounds adorable. I wish her the best of luck with her first book!

  2. Nikki, I wish you the best with your book. The piglet and duckling are so cute!

  3. Thanks Amelia and Beth!
    And Thanks to Rena for posting on my blog tour!

  4. Sounds like a great book -- really. I was a HUGE fan of mud until I became a working mother. Sad, but true.

  5. What a fun book, and blog tour!

  6. I love the cover illustration for this book, of course, I have a soft spot in my heart for pigs :o) How exciting for you to have her as your next illustrator!

  7. Thanks for stopping by, everyone. The boys & I are really excited about adding this book to our collection!

  8. Your book sounds adorable, good luck!


  9. Looks like a very cute story. Thanks for sharing the info.

  10. awwww . . . what an adorable cover.

  11. I loved walking in mud when I was little. Looks like a fun book!

  12. Ooh! Looks adorable and you know how I love pigs!

  13. Thanks for stopping by, everyone! Don't forget to check out Crystalee and Mandy's blogs today for day 3 of the tour!

    Got MUD?

  14. Love Nikki's book, and can't wait to see the Critter books, too!! :)