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Wednesday 4 March 2015

Review: A Perfectly Messed-up Story

Louie is skipping merrily along, about to tell you his perfect story when PLOP. A jammy mess splatters across his previously perfect pages. That's only the beginning of Louie’s troubles. Smudges, scribbles and coffee stains appear as Louie tries to get on with telling his perfect tale.

Boys and girls, this book ticks all my boxes. Actually, let me rephrase: this book obliterates all my boxes. Quirky? Check. Well written? Check. Metafiction? Check. Original? CHECK, CHECK, CHECK!

When I came across A Perfectly Messed-Up Story at the bookstore, I let out an audible gasp. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes that goes out the window when we’re talking picture books (and I’m always talking picture books). When I saw this one, I knew it was meant to be.

This isn’t a classic narrative, and if metafiction isn’t your thing then stay away. But for those kindred quirksters out there, this is for you. Oh, did I mention that Patrick McDonnell is a Caldecott Honor artist?

Don’t take my word for how entertaining this book is, have a flip through yourself. If it’s meant to be, you’ll probably know the minute you see the cover (or, you know, just look at the top of this review.)

Title: A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
Author/Illustrator: Patrick McDonnell
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: October 2014
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780316222587
For ages: 5 – 9
Type: Picture Book