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A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

By Patrick McDonnell (Hardcover Book, 2014)
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 realizes that everything is actually just fine, and his story is a good one--imperfections and all.
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $17.00 US/$19.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316222587

    • On Sale Date: 10/07/2014

    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    • Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Electronic Book, Hardcover Book

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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 realizes that everything is actually just fine, and his story is a good one--imperfections and all.

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.
  • * "Brilliant.... A playful, funny, and friendly treatment of anxiety and life's unpredictable messes." (Kirkus Reviews, starred 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).

  • "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).

  • Praise for The Monsters' Monster:

    * "A special tale that seamlessly blends an engaging text, gentle humor and skillful illustrations that readers of all ages can appreciate.... Make time to share with young monsters everywhere."
    (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

  • * "McDonnell's greatest strength is to explore with tenderness the finest instincts humans show.... Another winner." (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

  • * "This delightful title will provide a new option for 'not so scary' monster storytimes." (School Library Journal, starred review).

  • "McDonnell arranges the tale so that it blooms like a dawning day.... Relax, little monsters, and enjoy." (Booklist).

  • "Simple yet inspired." (The New York Times Book Review).

  • Praise for Me . . . Jane:
    A Caldecott Honor Book
    Horn Book Fanfare Book
    New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book
    New York Times Notable Children's Book
    Booklist Editor's Choice Book
    Kirkus Reviews Best Book
    A Kids' Indie Next List Book
    A Parents' Choice Silver Honor Book
    A National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Winner
    A Booklinks Lasting Connections Book

  • * "This remarkable picture book is one of the few that speaks, in a meaningful way, to all ages."
    (Booklist, starred review).

  • * "Children will appreciate McDonnell's original format and take heart that interests logged in their own diaries might turn into lifelong passions." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review  ).

  • * "Inspirational." (The Horn Book, starred review).

  • "[A] tender homage... engaging... an appealing and satisfying introduction to a well-known scientist and activist." (School Library Journal ).

  • "McDonnell's concentration on [Goodall's] childhood fantasies carries a strong message to readers that their own dreams--even the wildly improbable ones--may be realizable, too." (Publishers Weekly ).

Product Details

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $17.00 US/$19.00 CAN
  • Pages: 40
  • Physical Dimensions: 9-1/4" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316222587
  • On Sale Date: 10/07/2014
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story