Education, Parenting

What We are Reading: A Book Review of A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

Title:  A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

Author:  Patrick McDonnell

Hardcover:  40 pages

Publisher:  Little, Brown and Company

ISBN-13:  978-0316222587

Summary:  In the beginning, Louie’s story seems perfect.  It is when Louie is faced with one mess after another that he must learn to embrace the fact that life can’t always be perfect and that is okay.

What Teacher-Librarian Me Thinks:  Get out of your comfort zone and be prepared to do a voice for Louie.  This story really comes to life when you capture Louie’s exaggerated reactions to every mess that appears in his book.  The story is simple, but the message is clear:  Louie’s story (life) may be messy, but that doesn’t mean that it is not a good one.  McDonnell combines his illustrations with mixed media to create visuals that really help express Louie’s emotions as he is dealing with all of “life’s” little messes. This book is best geared for preschool through grade 2.   

What Mom Me Thinks:  This is great for a quick bedtime read and my son giggles throughout the whole story.  While young children most likely won’t pick up on McDonnell’s message about the ups and downs in life, parents can use this story to help children deal with many of childhood’s drawbacks (e.g., losing a game).  

What Lil’ Man Thinks:  He loves the messes in the book and that Louie makes him laugh.  The mixed media art really appeals to him.  He especially loves when the peanut butter and jelly are splattered in the book.  He has asked to read this book at bedtime every night for the last week.

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