From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1–On the title page, five children are introduced and largely identified by the clothes they wear and the objects they hold. Jake is into dinosaurs, Paul carries a paintbrush, and so on. Jess the Pup is there, too. The book works as a guessing game. “Who's been dropping all these peas?/Not me! said Louise.” Clues will delight young listeners, who can study the illustrations for tell-tale signs, such as a dinosaur left on the scene. Then an offstage voice pipes up: Who is going to clean up the mess? At the end, Jess the Pup shows his face and, with a wink, ties things up. The illustrations and typeface will melt hearts and delight and inspire potato-printing young readers. The simple, expressive shapes, mostly in muted tones with dapples of red to keep things cheery, are utterly fresh and warm, and the textures feel organic. Children will delight in this sweet-natured picture book.–Sarah Paulson Yarovoy, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Making a mess is big fun for toddlers, even if it gets them in trouble. With a simple rhyming text and clear, colorful double-page spreads of kids enjoying—and denying—the trouble they make, this picture book features scenarios that will appeal to young preschoolers. Who’s been making the carpet dirty? ‘Not me!’ said Bertie. Kids will instantly recognize both the mess and the mischief, whether it is spreading muddy tire tracks on the rug, dropping peas under the table, or leaving big handprints on the wall. Killen’s winsome, mixed media art extends the cheerful chaos. Cleaning up is part of the play, as long as the kids do it together, and a final scene shows the children busy with rags, pans, and brushes, restoring order. The wordplay adds to the fun: Bertie rhymes with dirty. Preschool. --Hazel Rochman