Synopses & Reviews
Meet Messy M'Cheany--when it comes to a mess, this kid is the best! However, as soon as Messy meets his new baby sister, Missy, he realizes that she does not share the same fondness for messes, but instead loves to be clean! How will he learn to get along with a sister who is so different? Kathy Lee Gifford's new rhyming picture book teaches children that though being messy is fun, changing bad habits for baby sisters and brothers is the best thing any sibling can do!
"The eponymous antihero makes Pigpen from Peanuts look like a neat freak. Not only is he 'the messiest kid in town,' he's also gauche and gross: 'If he rode a scooter, he'd run over your toes./ He'd toot like a turkey, then he'd pick his nose./ Look, Ma, GOLD!' When his world is 'girl'd' with the arrival of little sister Missy ('All pink and fluffy and powdered and clean'), Messy tries to bring Missy over to the dirt side, only to discover that he's powerless against the civilizing forces of femininity. (Falling to his knees, Messy declares, 'I know I've lived the life of a bum,/ But Missy, you've taught me what I could become.') Although the premise feels lifted straight from a Judd Apatow movie (or a G-rated facsimile), it's actually based on a mock-western ballad from Gifford's 2001 kids' album, Party Animals. Alexandersen (who collaborated with Gifford on a 2010 picture book also derived from the album) contributes some spirited cartooning, but even his exaggerated characterizations can't entirely disguise a story line that's an unabashed throwback in terms of gender roles. Audio CD included. Ages 4 8. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Kathie Lee Gifford has enjoyed a four decade career in the entertainment and publishing worlds as an actress, singer, playwright, songwriter, and author. She currently co-hosts the fourth hour of the Today Show on NBC. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, and two dogs, Louis and Lola.