Maya Makes a Mess

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Are Maya’s manners fit for a queen?

In the midst of a family dinner with her scolding parents, Maya receives a very unexpected invitation to dine with the queen. Suddenly, her messy manners are put to the ultimate test and she begins to improvise her very own set of rules, with uproarious results. Filled with humor and exquisitely imagined detail, this book by Eisner Award–winner Rutu Modan is bound to turn every child into a voracious reader.

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Overview

Are Maya’s manners fit for a queen?

In the midst of a family dinner with her scolding parents, Maya receives a very unexpected invitation to dine with the queen. Suddenly, her messy manners are put to the ultimate test and she begins to improvise her very own set of rules, with uproarious results. Filled with humor and exquisitely imagined detail, this book by Eisner Award–winner Rutu Modan is bound to turn every child into a voracious reader.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Eisner winner Modan presents a cute—but messy—tale of table manners. Maya’s parents try to encourage her to have good manners, and when Maya is invited to dinner with the queen, she must put them to the test. But fancy food has no appeal for the girl, and her horrendous manners while eating ketchup and pasta start a royal trend. Young readers are sure to be delighted by Maya’s triumph over her parents as she wins the favor of the queen, but parents may be frustrated if their children begin to use Maya as an excuse for their own bad manners. Using art more than dialogue to move the story along, Modan makes the tale approachable for struggling readers, and her colorful images will charm even adults horrified by a ketchup and pasta mess. An afterword offers a real-world background of the inspiration for Maya’s tale almost as entertaining as the story itself. A fun read with an engaging hero. Ages 4–up. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
A fun read with an engaging hero.
—Publishers Weekly
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Maya's mother and father are trying to teach her good manners. When she asks why, her father says she will need them. Suppose she was eating with the queen.... Suddenly a messenger arrives with an invitation to join the queen for dinner tonight! Off Maya flies to the palace, and to a huge dinner party. Confronted with an array of fancy dishes, Maya requests and receives a plate of pasta and ketchup. Not knowing which of the many utensils to use, she begins to use her fingers. The room goes quiet; the queen says she has never seen such bad manners. But Maya assures her that the food tastes better that way. And after trying it, the queen decides it does taste better, and decrees that everyone eat like Maya. After the ice cream for dessert, Maya decides she must go home, to teach her parents manners like the queen's. A twisting strand of pasta wiggles across the bottom of all the pages, where the story is told in rectangular comic book style. Naturalistic scenes contrasting with the fantasy are drawn and colored digitally without texture. Speech balloons hold all the text. Readers should enjoy the fun as Maya turns the tables in this "Easy-to-Read Comics" level two. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Maya is the epitome of a messy eater. Dinner at her house is full of admonishments and orders to correct her table manners. Her father tries cajoling her by asking what she would do if she were dining with the queen. It's a preposterous idea, except that the doorbell rings, and the child receives a summons from a royal messenger to dine with Her Majesty. Maya is a little nervous, but everyone tells her that as long as she remembers her manners, everything will be fine. She tries, but when confronted with a parade of dishes she doesn't know, she asks for a plate of pasta with ketchup and can't contain herself from digging in with her fingers. This attracts the attention of her hostess, who is flabbergasted. When asked why she eats that way, Maya simply replies with the truth: it makes the food taste better. The queen thinks for a moment and decrees that all of the diners should eat like Maya, who returns home delighted and determined to teach her parents some manners. Children who know what "good" table manners are will enjoy the absurdity of Maya's habits and will understand why all the adults are so appalled. The comic-book-style format lends itself perfectly to this quirky story, melding both the text and the pictures beautifully. Modan's detailed drawings, some in panels and some spreads, capture facial expressions particularly well.—Amy Commers, South St. Paul Public Library, MN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935179177
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Series: Toon Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 598,805
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: GN240L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rutu Modan’s graphic novel, Exit Wounds, won the Eisner Award in 2008 and has been translated into twelve languages. She has received many awards for illustrating other authors’ books. This is the first children’s book she has written as well as drawn.

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