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Franklin is Messy by Paulette Bourgeois
This is also a book from a favorite children’s series, the Franklin the Turtle books. Great for any age of mess maker, we see the consequences of being messy and not cleaning up after yourself. Franklin is trying to find a favorite toy, but his room is sooo messy that he can’t find it. While searching for a puzzle to give back to a friend, he accidentally breaks the toy he was looking for because he couldn’t see it under a pile of junk and steps on it. I love the detail in these books, it’s very easy to believe that Franklin is a real little turtle boy with real kid problems.
Another point in their favor: when he’s off playing “knights” with his friends, he and another boy, Bear, say that next time they play, they’ll rescue Lady Beaver because she’s the damsel in distress. Beaver states that she would rather play a knight, and the boys shrug and go with it, changing her character to Sir Lady Beaver. It seems like a nice added lesson above, “Don’t Be Messy” that girls can play knights and save kings, too, and it’s No Big Deal.
The pictures are bright and interesting, and the words are simple and easy to understand, but without being too boring for big kids. With many other titles to choose from, this a good series for any age of reader.