A Perfectly Messed-Up Story written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell, and published by Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
Sometimes stories don’t work out as planned; in fact, they
can get a little messy. In this book you’ll meet Louie, a simply-drawn protagonist
who just wants to share his straightforward story with the world. All Louie
desires is to tell the reader a happy little tale that is clean and clear of
blemishes or distractions to the reader. Unfortunately for poor Louie, more
messes and mishaps find him with each page turn.
This tale captivated listeners (ages 5 through 8) as Louie
broke from his world inside the book to address the reader directly. Louie desperately tries to prevent the messes
that spilled, plopped, and stained his quaint, tidy storybook world. The
dramatic and unfortunate stains and Louie’s frustration involved children in
the story. Listeners were captivated by
the realistic smudges of jelly and peanut butter on the pages of the book. The
clever and simple illustrations were enjoyed by readers and prompted them to
lean in for a closer look at the book.
Patrick McDonnell is the creator of the comic strip, Mutts (muttscomics.com) and has written
and illustrated a number of children’s books including: The Gift of Nothing, The Monsters’ Monster, and Me...Jane, a Caldecott honor book. McDonnell is a New York Times bestselling author and resides in New Jersey. (SARA