From the creator of the Mutts comic strip comes this gentle reminder for us book snobs and neat freaks (and, yeah, kids too) that it's ok if things (including books) get a little messy, and it's alright if things don't go according to plan.
Read on 2015-Aug-6.
Daniel said he didn't like the messed-up colors used in the pictures of the book. Anyway, it is a funny story.
Patick McDonnell uses digital skills to combine drawings of Louie and his world with realistic looking smudges and stains. The story turns on Louie's realization that sometimes life is not perfect, giving this book a lovely perspective of accepting yourself and others.
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I read this book three times in one night at my kids' request! It's a unique and hysterical picture book for any kid who has ever made a mess.
Louie is happily skipping along in this story until jelly plops onto the book. Then peanut butter followed by orange juice. Later comes crayon that gets smudged and fingerprints. Louie decides the story is ruined and can't go on until he realizes life is good even with the smudges.
The illustrations are a combinations of pen and ink, crayon, watercolor and messes. It is essentially the same illustration repeated on each page with no variation other than the messes.
On the first two pages I was hoping to like this book. I liked Louie's smile and his happy attitude. But on page four the first mess happens and the story line stops. Louie spends the rest of the book trying to restart his story and complaining about the messes on his pages. There was so much interaction possibility with these messes that could have sustained a story, but the author did not choose this route. I lost interest after page four and was sadly disappointed.
McDonnell's A Perfectly Messed Up Story fits in with the recent trend of "metafiction" titles. Just as our story gets started, our main character Louie is hit with a splat of grape jelly, followed by a plop of chunky peanut butter. Fearing his story will never get off the ground, Louie feels utterly defeated. Youngsters will love watching Louie rebound from his messed-up story, with plenty of laughs along the way. Great for group read alouds or independent reading.
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