Marvelously Messy Kids Books

Kids learn how to handle their messy problems through these humorous stories.

What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night

Refe Tuma, Susan Tuma

You might have noticed weird things happening in your house. Unexplainable messes. Food all over the kitchen floor. Who could the culprits be? Dinosaurs! Boasting bright and hilarious photographs, along with a story written from the point of view of an older, wiser sibling, Refe and Susan Tuma's picture book documents a very messy adventure that shows just what the dinosaurs did last night.

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Marley: Messy Dog

John Grogan

When Mommy decides to surprise Cassie with a newly painted bedroom, Marley wants to help. But by the time he's done, the messy dog is in need of a little help himself!

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Little Oink

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Little Oink is a neat little fellow. Clean, clean, clean, that's all he wants to do. But Mama and Papa won't have it! They say in order to be a proper pig, he has to learn to make a proper mess. "Don't come out until your room is a pigsty," says Papa Pig. "I won't have any child of mine going out looking so neat and clean. It's just not acceptable," says Mama Pig. Readers who hate to clean up will love this humorous twist on a universal dilemma.

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I Like Mess

Marcia Leonard

Messy Tess cleans up her room to please Mom and Dad.

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Dog’s Colorful Day

Emma Dodd

Dog always seems to be underfoot when something messy (and colorful) is spilt, giving readers ten different spots on his white coat to count before book's end and Dog's bath.

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Bear’s Scare

Jacob Grant

Bear likes to keep his house clean and tidy. In fact, the only thing Bear loves more than cleaning is taking care of his small stuffed friend, Ursa. Then Bear sees a sticky spiderweb . . . and where there's a web there is certainly a spider! The messy guest must be found, but what Bear and Ursa finally discover might just be an unlikely friend. Opposites attract in this adorable book, where new friends come in all shapes and sizes.

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Dirty Larry

Bobbie Hamsa

No matter what he does, Larry always gets dirty--except in the shower.

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Mark’s Messy Room

Géraldine Elschner

Carlo the cat runs away because his owner, Mark, keeps his room in such a mess.

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Wash Your Hair!

Steve Smallman

In Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Wash Your Hair! three princes try to rescue Rapunzel from her tower. However, Rapunzel never washes her hair so it's greasy and filthy – too slippery to climb! Luckily one of the princes is a hairdresser and knows just how to save Rapunzel and her unruly hair. This series is a welcome addition for parents looking for picture books with a message.

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The Stinky Giant

Ellen Weiss, Mel Friedman

Pepper and Jake, sister and brother shepherds, match wits with the giant, Urk, who regularly floods their valley with his dirty washwater.

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This Is the House That Was Tidy and Neat

Teri Sloat

After a series of mishaps involving crumbs, drips, splatters, and spills, the neat and tidy house that Mom left is a mess.

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Doreen Cronin

A picture book about how an extraordinary “ordinary” girl can save a kingdom with the help of a mud fairy. A glass kingdom is no place for a Mud Fairy. Bloom and her mud fairy magic might be able to turn weeds into flowers and spin sand into glass, but the people of the kingdom ceaselessly complain about the trails of dirt and puddles of mud that seem to follow her every step, and finally they cast her out. But when the glass castle begins to crack, then cracks some more, the King and Queen in a panic search for the long-banished fairy, but they can’t find Bloom anywhere. Desperate to save their home, they send their meekest, most ordinary subject, a girl named Genevieve, whose sole task until now has been to polish the Queen’s crystal sugar spoon—to coax any worthy fairy to come and save the kingdom. Genevieve finds Bloom exactly where the king and queen failed to see her, and Bloom knows exactly how to save the kingdom. But it will take the two girls working together, along with a mighty dollop of self-confidence—and some very messy hands—to accomplish the extraordinary.

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The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

Mo Willems

The Pigeon really needs a bath! Except, the Pigeon's not so sure about that. Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It's going to take some serious convincing to try and get the Pigeon to take the plunge.

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Just a Mess

Mercer Mayer

When the little critter can't find his baseball mitt, his mother decides it's time for him to clean his room.

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Franklin Is Messy

Paulette Bourgeois

Franklin's bedroom is so messy he cannot find his homemade toy sword so he can play knights in armor with his friends.

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The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room

Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain

Come for a visit in Bear Country with this classic from Stan and Jan Berenstain. Mama and Papa are frustrated that Brother and Sister can’t seem to pick up after themselves. Will the cubs ever learn to clean up their messes? This beloved story is a perfect way to teach children about tidying up, organization, and taking good care of their belongings.

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Who Wet My Pants?

Bob Shea

In this hilarious tale of blame, compassion, and forgiveness, a very embarrassed bear is reminded that accidents can happen--but with the support of good friends, life goes on. Reuben the bear's got donuts for everyone in his scout troop, but his friends are all staring at something else: there's a wet spot on Reuben's pants, and it's in a specific area. "WHO WET MY PANTS?" he shouts, and a blame game starts. His buddies try to reassure him there was no crime. Just an accident. It could happen to anyone! But as all the clues begin to point in Reuben's own direction as the culprit, Reuben must come to terms with the truth. Who Wet My Pants? isn't a potty-training book. It's a witty and wise story about embarrassment and anger, empathy and acceptance, and ultimately...forgiveness.

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Those Messy Hempels

Brigitte Luciani, J. Alison James

As the Hempels clean up their messy house in search of a whisk to make a cake, the reader is invited to participate in deciding where various objects belong.

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Harry the Dirty Dog

Gene Zion

Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything . . . except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away. He plays outside all day long, digging and sliding in everything from garden soil to pavement tar. By the time he returns home, Harry is so dirty he looks like a black dog with white spots. His family doesn't even recognize him!

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