Tuesday, November 4

Fix This Mess

Fix This Mess
Written and illustrated by Tedd Arnold

My rating: ★★★★

ISBN: 978-0823429424
Publisher: Holiday House
Date of publication: January 14, 2014
Age: 4 - 8 years

Themes: robot, instructions, cleanliness, misunderstanding

Jake just received his R.O.B.U.G in the mail (Remote Operating Basic Utility Gizmo). He turns it on and eagerly gives his first command. Jake's house is a bit of a mess, and he's sure Robug will be able to fix it. However, Robug's version of fixing the mess may not be exactly what Jake was envisioning...

I have nothing but praises to sing about this book. First, to understand why it's so good: this book is an easy reader; it is minimally written, using only a few phonetically related words to tell a story. Usually, that means you get a really boring story about a frog on a log. But this one--while staying true to that same style--actually has a very fantastic story. I mean, this is Tedd Arnold we're talking about. His illustrations carry the minimally-worded story perfectly. It teaches a lesson, it's funny, and the kids (and parents!) will like it. I recommend it.

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