Thursday, February 21, 2019

Review - JoJo and the Big Mess

JoJo and the Big Mess (Fancy Nancy)
by Jane O'Connor
illustrated by Rick Whipple
Date: 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

From bestselling author-illustrator team Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser comes JoJo, Fancy Nancy's little sister. JoJo adores making messes, but when her pillow fight gets too messy, Daddy is unhappy. After everything is cleaned up, JoJo thinks of the perfect gift for Daddy... it's the best mess of all!

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Here's another simple story starring JoJo, Fancy Nancy's little sister. In this book, she makes lots of messes. Sometimes, she can't help it. But when she gets into a pillow fight with her pal Freddy, Daddy gets a little miffed at the feathery mess. She and Freddy have to clean up. But there are no hard feelings; she uses fingerpaints to make Daddy a present.

I like how consequences for naughtiness are shown, as well as the kids being responsible and cleaning up their (intentional) mess. JoJo isn't punished for things like getting covered in tomato sauce while cooking, or getting muddy while helping Daddy in the garden. But the pillow fight is something she and Freddy have to take responsibility for.

The pictures are adorable, as always. This is another fun book for young readers from the Fancy Nancy universe.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.5 out of 5

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