What's With This Room?

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A discussion between a boy and his parents about a bedroom, that is so dirty he would "have to clean up just to call it a mess," ends with a blast.

A discussion between a boy and his parents about a bedroom, that is so dirty he would "have to clean up just to call it a mess," ends with a blast.

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Overview

A discussion between a boy and his parents about a bedroom, that is so dirty he would "have to clean up just to call it a mess," ends with a blast.

A discussion between a boy and his parents about a bedroom, that is so dirty he would "have to clean up just to call it a mess," ends with a blast.

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PreS-Gr 3-"What's with this room?" ask the parents of a bespectacled, sheepish-looking little boy in this silly romp through the messiest mess since The Cat in the Hat came to visit. The parents go on to list the room's many disgusting features, including both the predictable (yesterday's lunch, a pair of underpants hanging from the fan) and the absurd (a closet full of local wildlife, including some alleged "gnu poo"). They demand an explanation. The inventive child claims that everything serves a unique educational purpose: "That isn't just vermin down under the rugs,/I'm studying a family of misbehaved bugs." The high gross factor, combined with the clever humor, will keep most children in rapt attention. A few of the jokes are too sophisticated for the audience, but they will give perceptive adults a chuckle. The brightly hued, mixed-media cartoon art is fanciful and filled with nasty details that children will enjoy pointing out. The only problem with the book is that the rhymed couplets are sometimes clunky and overloaded with syllables, but this is a minor quibble. When you read it aloud, possibly paired with Rosemary Wells's Max Cleans Up (Viking, 2000), the kids will be too busy laughing to notice.-Rachael Vilmar, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, GA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Lots of kids have messy bedrooms, but the little boy in this rhyming story has such a pigpen of a room that "you'd have to clean up just to call it a mess." In the introductory pages, the boy's parents point out all the problems in the room, from leftover lunch in the corner to strange creatures living in the closet. The boy then explains that all the various messes are really related to his school projects in art, archaeology and several areas in science, concluding with a volcano experiment that blasts the whole family out of the house, into a tree. The rhyming text is full of humor that will appeal to kids (dead bugs under the bed, underwear on the ceiling fan), although some of the experiment fields and scientific terms will require explanation for younger children. Bright and busy illustrations bring the amazingly messy room to life with a wide variety of perspectives, and the endpapers include funny room-cleaning tips. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316592864
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Lichtenheld is an art director at Cramer-Krasselt, an international advertising agency. He has written four other children's books, including Everything I Know About Pirates, Everything I Know About Monsters, Everything I Know About Cars (Simon & Schuster), and our topselling frontlist picture book of 2003, What Are You So Grumpy About?.

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  • Posted November 13, 2012

    very cute

    cute animations, great book for kids who are creative. the illustration style is great with fun easter eggs on some of the pages

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Cute, but....

    Cute book, nice animations and sounds. My kids enjoy it. HOWEVER, it kept on freezing. Them it just not load at all. Thinking it was a waste of money. Nook HD is less than 30 days old.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    What mess

    A great book for my 5 yr old, she love the animations.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Loved it

    My children loves this book. It reminds them of their mess in their rooms.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Yep

    Yep

    3 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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    boy

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    2 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 13, 2015

    Powerranger

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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