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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 80L (What's this?)
  • Series: Look-Look
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Little Critter edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307119483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307119483
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My son is 8 yrs old and loves this series of books.
Christopher D. Smith
The illustrations are beautifully done and the story itself is adorable.
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Format: Paperback
The critter has lost his baseball glove so his mother suggests he cleans his room to try and find it. He tries to get his family to help, but no one will. Cleaning up his room means shoving things into the closet and under the bed. He does decide to make the bed ("won't mom be happy", he thinks) and when he reaches over the bed to find the pillow, he finds his baseball glove. My children love this book, but as my five year old pointed out the other day, "he's not putting a few things in the closet like he said he was.... he can't even close the door he shoved so many things in there! That's not the way you're supposed to clean!" Although our family finds this book entertaining, I don't feel it teaches a lesson as well as some of the other books by this author... and it definitely doesn't teach them a good way to clean their room!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
The boy in this book reminds me so much of myself. I always have a dirty room that my mom is constantly telling me to vaccume or pick up the clothes on the floor. Just like the boy in the book I lose stuff and end up finding it in my room somewhere, it's mostly clothes. I like the ending of the book it shows that you should clean your room. Maybe, no like him, though. He was stuffing things under the bed and in the closet. Lastly, this book has great pictures and I think everyone can relate to the boy in it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By IloveRainbows on August 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
The words are few, but the point is...it is hard to find something in such a huge mess.

The problems I have are the fact that he didn't put his toys away properly. He just shoved them in the cloest or under the bed. The isn't picking up a mess.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jarrod Pyper on February 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
Good and bad things are always happening to Little Critter. This keeps true to that vison of a young kid just going along with life. In this book, Little Critter must clean his room because he can't find his baseball mit. He cleans it as any young kid would and stuffs things in closet and under his bed. In the end he finds just what he was looking for. This book is perfect for beggining readers to learn from and laugh at.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
this book is about a critter who lost his baseball mit and needs to find it. his mother sugest that he cleans his room and when he tryes to get his family to help him nobody will so he desides to clean it himself but the same as it is with any kid, any where they can shove things to make it look cleaner they will but when he looks for his pillow on the other side of the bed he finds his baesball mit.... mabey moms idea wasnt so bad after all
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is about a critter that lost his baseball mit in his messy room and needs to find it. ... I would recommend this book to children ages 3-12, because they'll have fun finding out that they do almost the same thing sometimes.
This book teaches you that you should always keep your room clean and organized so you'll always know where everthing is. You should listen to your mom for tips too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Southeast AsiaTravel on August 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
Children love the story. Little Critter can't find his baseball mitt. Why? His bedroom is "just a mess." Little Critter cleans his bedroom and finds his mitt. I read this book in my kindergarten class. After the reading, it prompts talks not only of keeping the bedroom clean but other places as well.
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By B.L. on September 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
We got this for my nephew when he was about 4 and we've been reading it from time to time ever since (he's now 6). This is one of the books he's always happy to hear at bedtime.

It's very short (only about a sentence per 1-2 pages), so it works well on the nights when we're already running late for bedtime but we still want to sneak in a story. There's also no violence in Little Critter books and not a lot of exciting action, so they don't encourage kids to get wound up at bedtime either.

If you get any Little Critter book, make sure you look around at the details of the illustrations. There are often cute little details slipped in like the antics of the two bugs in this story who are trying to play baseball with Little Critter and then help him clean his room.

Little Critter doesn't do a very good job of the actual cleaning, but the difference between what he says he's doing and what the pictures show just gives you something to giggle at with a kid. It also gives you a chance to comment on what he's doing. When Little Critter shoves so much stuff under his bed that it's a lumpy mess, it gives you a chance to ask "Is he going to want to sleep in the bed when it's like that?" and draw attention to why his cleaning techniques aren't the best. That way the same message gets across with a cute and amusing book, rather than one that tries to hit you over the head with a moral to the story.
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More About the Author

MERCER MAYER began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator's books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.

"Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid," says Mercer. "Now that I'm a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always help remind me of what it was like."

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mercer Mayer spent his childhood hunting lizards and snakes in the swamps near his home. During his teenage years, he attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He later received additional training at the Art Students League in New York City. Upon completion of his studies, he set out with pen and ink to write and illustrate a collection of children's books, reflecting many of the adventures he experienced as a child.

In 2007, Mr. Mayer was commissioned by Laura Bush to create the artwork used for the National Book Festival held on September 29 on the National Mall. He was an honored guest to the event, giving a demonstration and autographing hundreds of books for fans who attended.

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