A Perfectly Messed-up Story (indigo Exclusive) by Patrick McdonnellA Perfectly Messed-up Story (indigo Exclusive) by Patrick Mcdonnell

A Perfectly Messed-up Story (indigo Exclusive)

byPatrick Mcdonnell

Hardcover | October 7, 2014

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In this interactive and engaging read-aloud, bestselling author and award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell creates a funny, engaging, and almost perfect story about embracing life's messes.

Little Louie's story keeps getting messed up, and he's not happy about it! What's the point of telling his tale if he can't tell it perfectly? But when he stops and takes a deep breath, he realizes that everything is actually just fine, and his story is a good one--imperfections and all.
Patrick McDonnell is the creator of The Monsters' Monster, a New York Times bestseller; Me...Jane, a Caldecott Honor Book and a New York Times bestselling picture book biography of Dr. Jane Goodall; and the award-winning picture book Art. He is also the creator of the beloved, internationally syndicated comic strip Mutts, which feature...
Title:A Perfectly Messed-up Story (indigo Exclusive)Format:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316341010

ISBN - 13:9780316341011


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Look on the bright side of life! Happy little Louie is walking along, singing to himself and minding his own business. He is trying to get his story started when plop....a huge goop of jelly comes out of nowhere and splats on his book page. Now where did that come from? How rude! Then almost immediately after, a big blob of peanut butter splatters...right on Louie's head! Yuk! It's the disgusting chunky kind (which happens to be my most favourite, but I do digress....sorry!) Louie is getting more and more angry and thinks enough is enough already. But enough already it isn't. Orange juice descends from above leaving a huge, orange stain on his page, followed by icky, sticky fingerprints and the pièce de résistance? .... crayon scribbles!!! Ok, that's really crossing the line now thinks Louie. Get the paper towel reader, I've had it. Louie lays down in utter exasperation and despair. He gives himself a timeout. His story is ruined, his life is over, now no one will ever read his messy, grungy story....ever!! But as Louie reflects on his dilemma he learns a very valuable life lesson. He goes on with his story and realizes it is good after all. It is received well even with the blemishes imposed upon it. He understands that like his book, life can get messed up and yet your story still can turn out pretty darn good if you keep on singing and moving forward even when difficulties rain down upon you . The illustrations are expressive and the word bubbles add so much richness to the storyline. This interactive story is a perfect read-aloud bringing laughter to both young and old. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2015-01-30

Editorial Reviews

* "Brilliant.... A playful, funny, and friendly treatment of anxiety and life's unpredictable messes."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review