Messy Jesse Author: Paula Bowles
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Format: Picture Books

Age Range: 3-7 years

Publication Date: March 2015

BISAC: JUV002070

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Jacketed Hardcover

Retail Price: $16.99

ISBN-13: 978-1-58925-133-5

ISBN-10: 1-58925-133-4

Dimensions: 9-3/4" x 10-1/2"

Jesse is good at making all kinds of things. But he's especially good at making a mess! One day, he makes a mess so big that he gets lost in it. His friends try to find him, but they get lost, too! How will they ever find their way out?

A picture book about the joys of messy play. Jesse is a high-spirited dog who loves to make things--paper hats, cakes and blanket forts--and the outcome of all this creative play is an astoundingly messy room. Eventually, even Jesse disappears into the clutter. The other pets in the household--Rabbit, Cat and Hamster--go looking for him in the pile, but they too become lost to view. In time, everything gets sorted out, and the room is tidied up, which allows Jesse more opportunity to create--and make another mess. This is the story's greatest appeal; it lets the little ones in on the joke of making a mess, cleaning it up and then realizing that now they have more room to make another mess. Bowles does a good job of matching text to illustrations and varying the illustrative format on the pages. However, many of the illustrations lack the underlying geometry to lead the eyes to a page turn, and this makes the flow of the story more static than it ought to be. The loosely rendered, brightly colored watercolors are cheerful, and the variably sized type is an effective visual prompt for read-aloud readers. A lighthearted story that toddlers will relate to. (Picture book. 2-6). 32pg. KIRKUS MEDIA LLC, c2015.<!--EndFragment--> 

Kids will fall in love with Jesse, an energetic dog who loves making hats, cakes, and forts, but most of all he adores turning his room into a huge mess. Unfortunately, things get out of hand and Jesse gets lost in the clutter, along with Rabbit, Cat, and Hamster, who come to save him. Eventually, with Jesse's skill for digging, everyone is found and the room is put back in order, just in time for it to get messed up again. Toddlers and preschoolers will love the pup's attitude and parents distraught over their child's room could take the gentle reminder that everything messy can eventually be put back together. The vibrant watercolors illustrate the high-energy Jesse as well as the growing clutter. The simple text would make a great read-aloud when paired with Jane Yolen's How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms? (2005) or David Shannon's Too Many Toys (2008, both Scholastic). VERDICT As long as children are making messes, this book will be in high demand. Brooke Newberry, La Crosse Public Library, WI. 32p. PreS-Gr 1. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2015.