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A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

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A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

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$17.99 US | $23.49 CAN
Available Oct. 7, 2014

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  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Age Range: 4-8
  • Grade Level: P-3
  • Pages: 40
  • Dimensions: 9-1/4" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316222587

  About The Book

Little Louie is trying to tell a story. Everything is going just fine until...YIKES! A blob of jelly plops on to the page! AUGH! Is that peanut butter? HEY, WAIT! Did somebody draw in this book? That's it! Little Louie is giving up. What's the point of telling his tale if he can't tell it perfectly? That's when Louie realizes that when he sits down and takes a deep breath, everything really is just fine, and his story is a great one--imperfections and all.

In this interactive and engaging read-aloud, Caldecott Honor artist Patrick McDonnell brilliantly blends hilarity and heart and teaches a lesson about enjoying life as it comes, even when things get perfectly messed-up.



A 2015 International Literary Association Children's Choice Book
A 2015 Wanda Gag Read Aloud Honor Book
A 2014 National Parenting Publication Gold Award Winner
A 2014 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book

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


McDonnell, Patrick (1073705)

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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