A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
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A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

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In this interactive and engaging read-aloud, bestselling author and award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell creates a funny, engaging, and almost perfect story about embracing life's messes.

Little Louie's story keeps getting messed up, and he's not happy about it! What's the point of telling his tale if he can't tell it perfectly? But when he stops and takes a deep breath, he realises that everything is actually just fine, and his story is a good one - imperfections and all.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 224 x 246 x 14mm | 320g
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrated throughout
  • 0316222585
  • 9780316222587
  • 42,360

Review quote

"This [one] is a fun one-Kiddos who get messy with their books will likely giggle."--Booklist "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 "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 * "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 * "Brilliant.... A playful, funny, and friendly treatment of anxiety and life's unpredictable messes."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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About Patrick McDonnell

Patrick McDonnell is the creator of The Monsters' Monster, a New York Times bestseller; Me...Jane, a Caldecott Honor Book and a New York Times bestselling picture book biography of Dr. Jane Goodall; and the award-winning picture book Art. He is also the creator of the beloved, internationally syndicated comic strip Mutts, which features the characters that star in five of his previous picture books including Wag!, The Gift of Nothing, Just Like Heaven, Hug Time and South.

Patrick sits on the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States and has won numerous awards for both Mutts and his animal welfare work. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Karen; their formerly feral cat, Not Ootie; and their adopted terrier, Amelie.
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Rating details

2,004 ratings
4.1 out of 5 stars
5 39% (787)
4 38% (756)
3 18% (369)
2 4% (78)
1 1% (14)
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