The Messy Book by Maudie Powell-Tuck, illustrated by Richard Smythe

51b-0ry2nwl         The Messy Book by Maudie Powell-Tuck, illustrated by Richard Smythe. Tiger Tales, 2016.  9781680100372

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Rascally cat likes to play in her big messy pile, and dog tries to convince her to clean up, with varying success. Most of the other friends in the book – elephant, penguin, owl – are annoyed with cat’s mess. Giraffe goes with the flow and shy fox doesn’t say a word. The illustrations are fabulous: jewel toned pencil and collage elements of the pile are put together to reveal a panorama on the second-to-last spread. Word bubbles convey the simple dialogue and give the story a modern, fun feel. I love how the characters channel a child’s reluctance to clean, with consequences droll and serious, and how dog is cat’s friend but also her conscience. I’ll definitely read this at story time!

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Include this in a story time about cleaning up, with Wells’ Max Cleans Up. For ages 3-5.

Who should buy this book? Day cares and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: February 9, 2017

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