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A Perfectly Messed-Up Story Hardcover – Picture Book, October 7, 2014

4.8 out of 5 stars 341 ratings



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PreS-Gr 1—Beloved Mutts comic-strip illustrator McDonnell brings children a story about how even the most perfect things can sometimes become…well, messed up. Louie sets out to tell his happy tale about skipping and singing when suddenly a jelly blob interrupts his cheerful narrative. This is soon followed by a peanut butter ("AUGH! The chunky kind!") mess. Louie is horrified that someone would treat his story so carelessly. As the mess builds, Louie becomes more and more anxious, until a really big mess causes him to give up. "I'm just a messy old book…no one will ever want, read, or love," he cries. He soon learns a wise lesson; it is the story that makes the book, not the mess. Life is not without imperfections, and neither are stories. Classic McDonnell pen, ink, and watercolor pastels blend with mixed-media and crayon messes to make this untidy tale a victory for unkempt books everywhere. Keep calm, and read on!—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH

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* "Brilliant.... A playful, funny, and friendly treatment of anxiety and life's unpredictable messes."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Louie's exaggerated reactions...will trigger laughs with every page turn....McDonnell... excels at reminding his characters--and readers--that it's possible to keep it together even when life has jelly all over it."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The pleasures of watching a book depart from its conventions and address its sticky-fingered reader will tickle even the littlest postmodernist."
New York Times Book Review

"Classic McDonnell pen, ink, and watercolor pastels blend with mixed-media and crayon messes to make this untidy tale a victory for unkempt books everywhere. Keep calm, and read on!"
School Library Journal

"This [one] is a fun one-Kiddos who get messy with their books will likely giggle."
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  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (October 7, 2014)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0316222585
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0316222587
  • Reading age : 4 - 8 years
  • Grade level : Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight : 11.3 ounces
  • Dimensions : 8.55 x 0.6 x 9.55 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Belly laughs at this lovely book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story with beautiful drawings
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5.0 out of 5 stars Manual para manchar un libro... y desesperar al protagonista
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for 3 year old kids who are messy
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