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The Block Mess Monster    by Betsy Howie & C. B. Decker order for
Block Mess Monster
by Betsy Howie
Order:  USA  Can
Henry Holt, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

Any parent who has ever been frustrated with a child's messy room, and any child who has an aversion to a clean room, will relate to this cute picture book.

The text is sparse; the pictures tell most of the story of Calpurnia, the imaginative child-artist who has created a scary piece of artwork made out of blocks. It is known as the Block Mess Monster. While Calpurnia's harried mom is insisting she clean her room, Calpurnia resists - after all, the monster is there and does not want to be cleaned up.

Mom, of course, cannot see the monster for what it is; she only sees a giant mess. Soon, however, Calpurnia realizes that if she does not clean up the Block Mess Monster, she will be facing an even scarier monster: her mother. Together, Calpurnia and her mother come up with a solution that will make everyone happy.

The illustrations in The Block Mess Monster are whimsical and seem to perfectly complement the subject matter.

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