Lucy's Big Mess


Children - General
24 Pages
Reviewed on 12/02/2013
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Author Biography

First and foremost, I am a wife and mother. I have been married for 9 years and together my husband and I created two beautiful, smart, and funny children. I have one girl and one boy.

My children are my inspiration for my writing. I wanted to write a story that my children would love to read over and over again. I also, wanted them to be able to pass the story down to their future children. My kids keep me on my toes. I've learned I don't have to go far for an adventure.

I am a Co-Troop Leader for Girl Scouts of America and a National Volunteer with the American Red Cross. I was named 2013 MS. SALEM, ILLINOIS and MS. ILLINOIS for Dream Girls, USA Pageants. 2013 National Association of Professional Women, Woman of The Year for Literary Works.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Lucy's Big Mess by Kim Yannayon is the story of a little cat who has to stay indoors due to rain. She finds umpteen ways to keep herself occupied on that rainy day. She becomes a construction worker, a doctor, a mum, and a princess. By the time the day ends, her room is so messy that her mother finds it annoying. Lucy is still waiting for the adventure to begin.

This is a perfect story for children. The author makes the book even more attractive with colorful, eye-catching illustrations. The book also gives ideas to little children on how to spend their time when confined to their homes due to rain or snow. Lucy is like any other child who messes up their room after playing. The book tells them why their room should be cleaned up and toys put away after playtime is over. The author gets that message across to children very cleverly and in a subtle manner. Lucy is a cute little kitty that all kids will like. Her antics are adorable too. The illustrator breathes life into the characters with some beautiful images which are important in any children's story book.

Lucy's Big Mess is an ideal bedtime story and it is a good book to introduce children to reading. It can be used by teachers in classrooms and also as a story for read-aloud. It is a great book for school libraries. Lucy will remain in readers' hearts long after they put the book down.

Katelyn Hensel

Lucy's Big Mess by Kim Yannayon is a cute and colorful book all about a cute and pretty kitty named Lucy. Lucy is stuck inside because it's raining. She wants to go out, but has to find something to do indoors. Lucy gets into all kinds of trouble, playing dress up and playing with dolls and getting her toys everywhere. When Momma comes back, things are a mess! Lucy's got to try to clean but putting all her stuff away is a lot less fun than getting them out!

The artwork was bright, fun, and adorable. I loved the solid blocks of color. The drawings almost looked computer animated, which is fine, or in the case that they've actually been hand-drawn, very impressive! The vocabulary was minimal, so this would be a beginner book around the ages of 3 or 4. It does have a large amount of words so that would be good to build reading comprehension.

I am always a fan of the personification of animals in children's books. It allows children of any age, race, and gender to identify with the characters without the ties of actually looking like them. Animals are extremely popular with kids. Think of how crazy kids get when they see a puppy or a kitten...while on a smaller scale in book form, that excitement is still there when kids see fun animal drawings and prints. The bright colors and fun pictures are educational and fun at the same time. Who knows, it might even get your little ones to start thinking about cleaning up after themselves.

River Parks

Lucy's Big Mess by Kim Yannayon is creative and captivating not only for children, but for myself as well. I found myself remembering my childhood memories. The story is very realistic of a child's imagination.

This picture book revolves around a cat named Lucy, who uses her imagination on a rainy day. Typical of any child, her room soon transforms into a palace, construction site, daycare, and doctor's office. Before too long her imagination gets the better of her. Mommy Kitty is both loving and stern, she helps Lucy clean and Lucy learns an important lesson.

This author has found a fun way for children to learn, without them realizing it. Genius! I look forward to more Lucy.