Carlo, Mark's cat, is fed up with living in the boy's thoroughly messy room. After bumping into the cactus in the flowerpot where he has slept for the hundredth time, he decides to run away. He climbs a fire escape and springs through an open window into an elegant apartment. Here, a delighted little girl, Lisa, and her doting aunt make him a luxurious bed, feed him fancy treats, and allow him to nap on a satin sofa. But soon he becomes bored with too much tidiness and nothing to rummage through for surprises. He sneaks back home to Mark, who has cleaned his room and is waiting hopefully for his pet to return. A joyful reunion ensues. In a satisfying resolution to an appealing story, Lisa, who has followed Carlo, joins in the fun of trashing Mark's room but promises to come back the next day to help clean up. Large cartoon illustrations in acrylic depict the comfortable clutter and humor.
Sally R. DowCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Mark's Messy Roomby Geraldine Elschner, Alexandra Junge (Illustrator)
Upset by his missing cat, Mark knows he must finally clean his
Carlo is one unhappy cat. That's because he lives with Mark in the messiest bedroom in town. Carlo can't even find a place to lie down, so he plans his escape to the house across the street, where Lisa keeps her room so nice and neat. But neatness has its price--how many baths can a cat take in one day?
Upset by his missing cat, Mark knows he must finally clean his room. As both he and the over-pampered Carlo are learning, maybe the true meaning of home is having your best friend close by. A quirky story brought to life with hilarious art.
About the Authors: Geraldine Elschner lives in Heidelberg, Germany.
Alexandra Junge lives in Germany.
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