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Sloppy Joe Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 30, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Joe is a sloppy kid. He seems always to be surrounded by messiness and chaos. His grandparents lay newspaper under his chair when he eats with them. His pet frogs turn up in unexpected places. And adults are continually trying to clean him up, straighten his clothes, and improve his posture. But Joe's family loves him as he is. He tries to become neat with some limited success, and when his parents and siblings come down with the flu, he springs into action, bringing them socks topped off with ice cubes for their foreheads, filling the air with germ spray, and entertaining them with his corny jokes as they lie prostrate on the sofa. The illustrations are hilarious. This charming picture book is a wonderful choice for most libraries.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME END
About the Author
Dave Keane always loved monsters as a kid. Halloween was his favorite holiday, and he dreamed of becoming a werewolf or a vampire when he grew up. Instead he became a children's book writer and illustrator. Now he and his wife stay busy raising three little monsters of their own in Northern California.
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Read the book, yes there are really people like this in the world and we love our lives.
Joe gets grief from his family, teachers and friends for being so messy that he's nicknamed "Sloppy Joe." At family suppers, he says, they put layers of newspaper under his chair to catch falling food (who knew a meatball could roll so far?). He's not allowed inside a friend's house, even though he wiped his feet (the illustration shows mud-caked sneakers). Poor Joe decides that he's had enough of being sloppy, and undertakes Project Neat Joe. Then his family gets sick, and Neat Joe kicks into high gear. The ending is a bit abrupt, but very endearing.
It's great to get into the minds of our kids, and I really felt a connection with my son after this. I'm always getting on his case about being messy (even my MIL commented, "He's kind of scruffy, isn't he?"), but he's also one of the most endearing, imaginative and amusing kids I've ever met. (I'm not just saying that b/c he's my kid - teachers & moms of friends have made the same comments.)
Highly recommend this terrific book - it's also a great read-aloud for younger kids!
According to Joe's mother, he is the first kid in history to take a school picture with gum stuck in his hair. According to Joe, he slurps, spills, slouches, talks with his mouth full, and puts his elbows on the table without even trying.
Joe's messy ways get the best of his family and eventually it even makes him want to change.
My favorite part is when Keane writes, "So I decide something has to change. That's when I make up my mind to not be sloppy anymore."
Kids can learn from Keane's book that they have the power to change negative habits by simply making the decision to do something and following through with the positive actions that coincide with the goal.
I highly recommend "Sloppy Joe."