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What's With This Room?

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  144 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
A discussion between a boy and his parents about a bedroom, that is so dirty he would "have to clean up just to call it a mess," ends with a blast.
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Not my favorite of Lichtenheld's works, but there are a lot of kids--especially messy boys!--who will love this. I like his excuses for the various messes in his room. And while the room is definitely a mess, from the bird's-eye view I couldn't help thinking, "I've seen worse." (It just wasn't as smelly!) The rhyming keeps the story going, though there were a couple of parts that I got a bit tripped up. I think this would work best for a school-age storytime as they would get the humor more (cle ...more
A typical parent-child dilemma...What's With This Room? is told from two opposing viewpoints. Of course the child thinks his room is just fine, with underwear hanging off the fan, mold festering in the corner, and cockroach siblings fighting with one another. As he passes off a huge pile as an experiment waiting to does just that: EXPLODE! Now his room is clean. Maybe that is what he was waiting for all along.

Used for "What a Mess!" Storytime-October, 2010.
Rommel Sison
Mar 19, 2017 Rommel Sison rated it really liked it
6-year-old daughter: 5 stars
Jul 09, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a very humorous book about a boy's messy room. The rhyming narrative is fun to read aloud and the colorful illustrations are terrific.

The details are quite amusing, especially the nod to René Magritte's famous artwork, The Treachery of Images, which declares, "Ceci n'est pas une pipe." I also enjoyed checking out the endpages, with the book on Chaos Theory next to the book on the Basics of Putrification, along with a book titled Clutterology. I liked seeing the famous poster of Albert E
Rosa Cline
Mar 31, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
This was a little far out there in my opinion... about parents going into a bedroom that was beyond hideous; telling the boy about how nasty it was including dirty underwear on the celing fan and mold and mildew everywhere etc. REALLY? Do you really want to encourage your child to have their room like this? Then after the parents talk the boy comes back and tells his parents it's all about education, like math and science experiments and in a few years would be an excavation dig for his parents ...more
Sandra Guerfi
Apr 25, 2014 Sandra Guerfi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
In paperback, with a different title, What Mess? this book was hysterical and kids loved it. The little boy is explaining to his parents that far from just having a messy room he is actually experimenting in it. The five layers of nasty laundry is an archaeological dig in creating, and the underwear on the ceiling fan is an investigation into the centrifugal force of odors. The green food mold in the corner is potential Halloween candy. But what happens when the volcano in the middle of the room ...more
Rebecca Knight
Oct 18, 2014 Rebecca Knight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, humor
Awesome! Hilarious! Read this yesterday to a group of 2nd graders, and they loved it so much, it took a half hour to get through it. Every single page deserves careful examination, the art work is so great. The kids wanted to look at every detail. So many things made us laugh. Underwear hanging from the ceiling fan, the lunch turning into candy-goo in the corner, the mite sister crying "He's bugging me!" Continuous fun, every single page. Also, great verse, fun to read because of the rhyming, an ...more
Ashley Dement
Sep 23, 2009 Ashley Dement rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the rhyming sequence that was carried on throughout What’s with this Room. (I keep finding myself starting to rhyme my review.) The illustrations were humorous and full of imagination. I enjoyed the creativity that was put into this book. The concept of a messy room is something children will find funny and most likely be able to relate to themselves because I know I can. The story teaches that instead of making up excuses it is best to just own up to, in this case a messy room, ...more
KayCee K
Sep 27, 2015 KayCee K rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite story to read to my younger brother. I read it fast, and light hearted. The kid in this story has a reason for everything, I enjoy everything he comes up with, one of my favorite lines goes something like, if it's not science it's art. The clearer lines. The drawings in the book helps bring the words to life.
Sep 07, 2012 Alice rated it really liked it
This book was funny. If you are having trouble getting you kids to keep their rooms clean, this might do the trick. The excuses the kids comes up with as to why is room is such a mess is hilarious. I like the pictures and I also like things all in rhyme!
Lorraine Robinson
I loved this book. Great illustrations. Shows how to turn text around within the story from one point of view to another. Rhyming. Great read aloud. Kids can relate to the story because having a messy room is a common thing.
Kathy Ellen Davis
Apr 20, 2013 Kathy Ellen Davis rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute book!
I love the rhyme and the illustrations.
And the justification of the main character about why his room isn't clean!

It's a fresh spin on the whole
"Clean your room" thing.

And the ending is funny.
A fun read!
Kimberly Entrekin
Oct 30, 2011 Kimberly Entrekin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rhyming, vocabulary, germs
a topic all children can relate to. patents telling them to clean their room. but I love all the excuses he makes and his side of the story. I loved the vocabulary used words we can teach and relate to know words
Mar 22, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
This book is something you can read if your having trouble with students not putting things away or cleaning up after themselves at school. Although this book is about a boy having a messy room at home, you can definitely extend it to relate to your students at school.
Nov 07, 2011 Nakitah added it
Shelves: creativity
A student is able to live in a room that hsi parents deem uninhabitable, but he proves to them that a little creativity can help any situation. This can be paired with a lesson about recycling and how we can use different materials to form new things.
Jun 19, 2014 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a cute, inventive book! As a parent of young kids (and a former messy kid too), I identified with so many parts of the book.
Kirsti Call
Jul 24, 2013 Kirsti Call rated it really liked it
This rhyming picture book is clever and funny. Every child would enjoy this book.
Jun 24, 2013 Samantha rated it liked it
Take a tour of the dirtiest room ever! Rhyming text describes the gross layers of debris while ink, watercolor, colored pencils, and pastels bring the mess to fully realized life! PreK-2.
Nov 07, 2011 Kamyshia added it
Shelves: literacy
A book between a boy and his parents . Silly book that can be used when dealing with keeping your room clean .
Jenny Forgay
Mar 21, 2010 Jenny Forgay rated it really liked it
Awesome illustrations and great rhyming make this a fun book to read.
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Children's book author/illustrator writes for kids who love to laugh and grown-ups who love to laugh along with them. When not making up stories and drawing silly pictures, he likes to get other people's kids all riled-up then send them home to their parents.
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