The Big Tidy-Up by Norah Smaridge, Les Gray | | NOOK Book (NOOK Kids eBook) | Barnes & Noble
The Big Tidy-Up

The Big Tidy-Up

4.8 8
by Norah Smaridge, Les Gray
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

JENNIFER KNEW, AS well as you
That everything has its place,
But she just didn’t care a whit, a bit,
So her room was a real disgrace!
Jennifer’s mother has refused to touch Jennifer’s messy room until after Christmas Day. Free to let her room go, Jennifer turns a blind eye to the fustiness, the dustiness, and the spider’s

Overview

JENNIFER KNEW, AS well as you
That everything has its place,
But she just didn’t care a whit, a bit,
So her room was a real disgrace!
Jennifer’s mother has refused to touch Jennifer’s messy room until after Christmas Day. Free to let her room go, Jennifer turns a blind eye to the fustiness, the dustiness, and the spider’s webby empire up in the corner! Finally, one day, she can stand her own mess no longer, and gets to work— on the big tidy-up!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Jennifer's room was a mess! "Her shoe was askew on the windowsill. Her scarf was under the bed. Her beautiful box-to-keep-ribbons-in was full of old junk instead." When Jennifer's mother peeks in the room, she is shocked. "You must like to live in this mess, I guess," she said and told Jennifer that she would not touch the room with a mop and broom from now until Christmas Day. And she hung a sign on Jennifer's door that said KEEP OUT! At first Jennifer had a lovely time. She left things wherever they fell. She kept pie under her pillow. And little by little the room grew into a fusty, dusty, musty mess. Jennifer could not find socks that matched. Not one of her shirts was clean. And her hairbrush was gone so her unbrushed hair stuck out all over head. Poor Jennifer. What should she do? Run away? Or work and work for most of the day until her room was as neat as a pin and she could hang up a sign that said COME IN? Told in rhyme, kids will enjoy the awful mess Jennifer creates and the wonderful illustrations that highlight every bit of the chaos. Originally published as a Golden Book. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
Kirkus Reviews
A little girl's messy bedroom forms the basis of this amusing tale, originally published as a Golden Book in 1970. This new edition uses a larger format that shows off the cluttered state of little Jennifer's room in grand style, with clothes on the floor, cherry pie under the pillow and her cat curled up in an open dresser drawer. The bouncy, rhyming text details Jennifer's messy habits, filling the story with humor. After Jen's mom posts a "Keep Out" sign on the door, Jennifer spends two or three days wallowing in her mess before deciding to clean up her act. Gray's illustrations of Jennifer's pink room are packed with the little girl's favorite toys and brightly patterned clothes, and the child herself, pictured with a bristly thatch of black hair, has a spunky charm. Though the story is an older one, that messy-room problem is still very much a current event. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307983435
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/27/2013
Series:
A Golden Classic
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,059,104
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

NORAH SMARIDGE wrote several books for Golden Books in the 1960s.

LES GRAY has illustrated over 30 children’s books. As an illustrator for Highlights for Children Magazine, he created a mouse named Link that appears in each issue. The illustrator lives in San Luis Obispo, California.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >