How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps

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Got a messy room? No problem!

This simple, laugh-out-loud picture-book guide to cleaning your room is sure to make picking up a snap. Here is the first rule: Always wait until your mother hollers, "GET UP THERE AND CLEAN YOUR ROOM—NOW!" using all three of your names. Once she does, you'd better get moving. From dumping out drawers and dividing stuff into piles to arranging all eight zillion of your stuffed animals, here's the kind of advice on ...

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Overview

Got a messy room? No problem!

This simple, laugh-out-loud picture-book guide to cleaning your room is sure to make picking up a snap. Here is the first rule: Always wait until your mother hollers, "GET UP THERE AND CLEAN YOUR ROOM—NOW!" using all three of your names. Once she does, you'd better get moving. From dumping out drawers and dividing stuff into piles to arranging all eight zillion of your stuffed animals, here's the kind of advice on room tidying that everyone can relate to.

With funny, direct text by Jennifer LaRue Huget and amazing illustrations by New Yorker artist Edward Koren, this book is sure to appeal to messy kids everywhere.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Pull everything out of your drawers and closet and shelves. Every Single Thing,” instructs the young narrator in Huget's (Thanks a LOT, Emily Post!) goofily earnest how-not-to manual, which is all but guaranteed to induce laughter. “Divide your big pile into three different piles. One pile of stuff that's broken. One pile of stuff you're too grown-up to play with anymore. And one pile of things that you love more than anything else in the world and want to keep forever and ever.” Guess which pile is the biggest. With marching orders like that—and tips like “Pizza crusts may be munched on if they're less than a month old”—kids may find themselves asking their parents if it's time for housekeeping. Pairing Huget's cracked domestic advice with Koren (Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie) is truly inspired. The New Yorker cartoonist's lavishly squiggly, scratchy ink line and endearingly discombobulated characters (which include not only the narrator but a scruffy retinue of real and stuffed animals) seem as natural a fit for this subject as dust bunnies under a bed. Bless this mess! Ages 4-8. (May)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
A young girl welcomes readers into her clean room, promising to show them how to clean theirs in ten hilariously funny steps. She begins by demonstrating a truly dreadful messy room. Step 1 involves waiting until their mothers really hollers at them to clean it, using "all three" of their names; then procrastinating until she hollers again. Step 2 requires removing everything from drawers, closets, shelves, etc., dumping it all in the middle of the room, until the screaming begins anew. And so the fun proceeds as readers sort, distribute, shove in closet, wad clothes in balls, dump milk in the hamper, and do other things sure to drive mothers crazy. By the time dust bunnies are swept up with a broom to save for crafts projects, the room is, sort of, tidy, and one can pat oneself on the back preparing for another project. Koren's cartoon-y pen-and-ink drawings with touches of watercolors fill the end pages with wild creatures in preparation for the adventures ahead. Each double-page "step" presents another variation of the chaos youngsters can create in their rooms. Readers may find the tongue-in-cheek humor inspiring, so parents beware! Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
Children and their adults are in for a treat with this new showcase for Koren's illustrations. His wry, bushy, squiggly style is well-matched by Huget's puckish and not entirely serious advice. Her young heroine points out that you should never even attempt a cleaning until your mom has used all three of your names. The advice starts out fairly well, with a division of your stuff into three piles: broken things, stuff you are too old to play with any more and stuff you want to keep absolutely forever. But then she suggests you take the first two piles and put them in a big box and drag them into your sister's room. Remembering the names of every single one of your stuffed animals will take some time, as will putting all your clothes in the hamper or under the bed. And so on. This is all imagined in the illustrator's signature impetuous black line and wildly pastel color. Good for great giggles-and at the end, she promises even more awesome advice on fixing your hair. (Picture book. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375844102
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 696,675
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer LaRue Huget is the author of Thanks A LOT, Emily Post!, which was described as "quirky, original . . . written with clarity and wit" in a starred review by Booklist.

Edward Koren has published nearly a thousand cartoons in the New Yorker magazine. He is also the illustrator of Oops!, a poetry collection by Alan Katz; Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie by Judy Sierra; How to Eat Like a Child by Delia Ephron; A Dog's Life by Peter Mayle; and Pet Peeves by George Plimpton.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Sample?

    Itried the sample and dont waste your time on it. Just trust me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    True True

    HELLO!!!! has a point

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Is it good?

    I always have a messy room but i dont know if i should use 11 bucks on this...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Below

    Shut the up no need to get mad. If someone wants to buy let them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    HELLO??????

    Why would I pay eleven dollars for ten steps to figure ot something I already know???????????? It's like this- if everyone gives me ten bucks, I'll teach you how t peel an ornge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    No free?????

    SAMPLE!!!!!!= :( :& :% :8 ******

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