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Reviewed by Shannon Winings for Readers' Favorite
Larry is a lovable, polar bear-like character who just wants to make art! Unfortunately, he’s messy. Each time he tries to paint at school, he fumbles, stumbles, and sneezes. Inevitably, paint goes everywhere. Since he can’t paint like the other kids, he is made fun of. Art is his passion and he goes to see his best friend – Great-Uncle Ken. Great-Uncle Ken understands Larry’s pain and wants to help him. He searches and finds a way to help Larry achieve his goals. What will everyone else think?
Messy Larry by David Perri is a short, illustrated children’s story mainly for elementary school children that was fun to read and provided a lasting message. I loved all the colors and illustrations throughout the book. That said, I found myself wanting more pictures, brighter colors, and a longer story. However, many children are sure to enjoy this story and relate to Messy Larry. One of the best parts of the book is that it provides additional information at the end. Readers learn about painters and other artists as well as interact with the book for a bit longer. It encourages them to look into people who influenced art and the life of Messy Larry. Teachers and parents are also sure to like this as the book is quite like a pre-made lesson plan. Overall, this book was well done, engaging, and provided a message that children will hopefully take with them later in life. I know it is something I will remember.