Mark's Messy Room

Mark's Messy Room

by Geraldine Elschner, Alexandra Junge
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
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.

Kirkus Reviews
Carlo, the marmalade tabby cat, is tired of living in Mark's overly messy room and strikes out on his own. At first, it's nice to be free, but soon he decides he needs a warm place to sleep. The first bright window lands him in a clean bathroom, where he's discovered the next morning by Lisa and her Aunt Rose. Carlo suddenly has treats, a comfy bed and plenty of space, but he misses Mark. Meanwhile, Mark is missing Carlo, and he decides to clean his room. When Carlo returns to Mark's, Lisa follows and the three have a ball making a mess, which they know they'll clean up together. Junge's bright, cartoon illustrations are expressive and full of details that amplify the text (note the little boots and sweater that Carlo wears at Aunt Rose's). While the story is a bit forced, the illustrations add what's needed to lighten the feeling of it being a lesson in tidiness-and Carlo does have a winning smile. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698400474
Publisher:
Minedition
Publication date:
10/05/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 11.56(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
AD710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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