The Messy Monster

A Children’s Book about Staying Organized and the Consequences of Messy Habits

Children - Concept
48 Pages
Reviewed on 04/15/2024
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Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite

The Messy Monster by Michelle Gilchrist Marcus is a helpful and delightful children's picture book structured in two parts. The first part relates to all children across the globe. Children often lose things or forget where they put them, and when it's time to play with their favorite toys, they can't find them. The story reminds them how upsetting it can be to spend minutes or even hours searching for what they need and love. This book shows them the importance of cleaning up and not letting the mess become bigger and bigger because the Messy Monster can come and take their things away. The second part is about the 3-step Messy Monster plan. This 3-step plan is quite simple and helps children stay organized, so they will never again lose their favorite things to the Messy Monster.

The Messy Monster is a fantastic rhyming story for children and parents alike. Michelle Gilchrist Marcus delivers a practical, time-saving, and efficient routine to keep belongings in their proper places. This book is a must-read as it shows youngsters the importance of cleaning up after themselves and teaches them how to stay organized and always be ready to play, have fun, explore, go out, or go to school. Teaching young children to build this healthy routine will make them more independent, responsible, and confident over the long term. Children will develop new good habits and skills with the help of worksheets, labels, and the daily check chart found in this educational and wonderfully illustrated book. The Messy Monster is especially for young readers who struggle with executive functioning skills and ADHD.

Pikasho Deka

Have you ever had a day where you were itching to go outside and play but couldn't find your shoes? Or when you were about to sleep and couldn't find your favorite teddy bear to cuddle? Maybe the messy monster came and took it away. So, how do you get rid of the messy monster? Grab a copy of The Messy Monster by Michelle Gilchrist Marcus to learn how to keep the messy monster at bay. You will never have to worry about losing your things if you're neat and organized. On the other hand, the more you're disorganized and leave a mess, the more you feed the messy monster who will come to take your favorite toys away.

Teach your kids the importance of keeping things tidy and help them learn to take responsibility for their belongings with this wholesome children's picture book. Featuring colorful illustrations and catchy rhyming verses, The Messy Monster is a delightful read that children and parents can enjoy together. Michelle Gilchrist Marcus finds an ingenious way to instill the value of organizing in young readers' psyches with an accessible and charming storytelling style that holds their attention and entertains until the end. The vibrant illustrations are the icing on the cake. The book also contains a step-by-step plan with charts, tips, and clear instructions to help youngsters organize their belongings and remember where they put them. If you're a parent, this book is a must-have. I very much enjoyed reading it and highly recommend it to young readers.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

The Messy Monster by Michelle Gilchrist Marcus is about 'Staying Organized and the Consequences of Messy Habits.' The Messy Monster is always there, lying in wait, just waiting for you to make a mess! The more mess you make, the bigger the monster gets, and the harder it is to make it go away. And the bigger it gets, the more things you lose, possibly never to be seen again. Most parents know how hard it is to get children to tidy up after themselves and understand why they need to. This is a story about organization and what happens when kids let the mess get away from them and let the Messy Monster in. Nobody wants the Messy Monster to take their things and this book teaches the only way to stop it.

The Messy Monster by Michelle Gilchrist Marcus is a wonderfully illustrated story about mess and organization. It is aimed at teaching younger children about the consequences of being messy, of just tossing things aside, and then being sad when they can’t find their other trainer or their favorite toy. And let’s not forget that lost lovie at bedtime. It teaches them the value of having a routine, tidying up as they go, and putting everything in its place so they can find it again when they need it. The book offers plenty of activities to help kids learn to take responsibility and provides checklists to help them get into an organized routine. This book is a good way for parents to teach their kids, and the useful checklists will make it fun for kids. A great book, and highly recommended for every parent to read to their kids as many times as it takes!

Astrid Iustulin

How difficult is it for children to keep things in order? Do they know how to stay organized? Do they know their mess will attract the Messy Monster, who will steal their belongings and make them sad? This is a big problem for all children, not just the ones Michelle Gilchrist Marcus presents in The Messy Monster. Marcus shares a delightful tale in her entertaining and instructive book, explaining how to prevent the Messy Monster from taking away things that kids have left out of place (the messier a place, the sooner he comes!). The author also offers young readers valuable advice so that they, like the children in the story, stay organized and keep the monster away.

It can be challenging to be organized, especially for young people who are not used to it. The Messy Monster teaches children how to acquire this indispensable skill and explains why keeping things in order is essential. Michelle Gilchrist Marcus uses a short and meaningful story to help kids learn this important concept. I am sure young readers will never leave anything lying around again because the author's step-by-step plan will help them develop the habit of orderliness. This valuable tool makes it easier for children to apply the lessons learned throughout the book. I am happy to recommend The Messy Monster to all young readers who need to understand the importance of staying organized; here, they will find lessons that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

Philip Van Heusen

What if instead of explaining to children from an adult’s point of view, it were possible to make cleaning and being tidy sound like fun? Michelle Gilchrist Marcus comes to the rescue of parents in The Messy Monster. This interesting children’s picture book explains the importance of not being messy. Michelle approaches this important life lesson from a child’s level and makes tidying up fun. If you just put toys, clothing, etc. down instead of in their proper place, it will end up causing a frown when you can’t find what you need or want. Making cleaning fun helps your child build success while growing their self-confidence and independence. Your child will love the creative and colorful illustrations. With the information Michelle shares at the end of the book, your child will learn how to stay tidy. This book gives the tools and creates the desire for order and neatness.

Michelle Gilchrist Marcus has written a brilliant book in rhyming prose to help children learn organization methods and build new habits. The Messy Monster teaches that progress is more important than expecting perfection. Everyone has to learn and will make mistakes along the way. The author teaches the importance of picking a spot, labeling it, and checking your chart to ensure everything is where it belongs and is easy to retrieve. As with developing any new habit, repeating and reinforcing being tidy is necessary. Repetition is the glue that holds memory together. Cleanliness and neatness will become second nature to your child as they put the clues in this book to work for them. I highly recommend this book to all parents who want their child to learn to be tidy.