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Maya Makes a Mess: TOON Level 2 (TOON Books)

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Are Maya’s manners fit for a queen?

In the midst of a family dinner with her scolding parents, Maya receives a very unexpected invitation to dine with the queen. Suddenly, her messy manners are put to the ultimate test and she begins to improvise her very own set of rules, with uproarious results. Filled with humor and exquisitely imagined detail, this book by Eisner Award–
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Toon Books (first published 2010)
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Fredrik Strömberg
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely gorgeous children's book using the comics format, made by an artist more known for her much lauded graphic novels for adult readers. Herein lies part of the brilliance of Francoise Mouly's Toon Books, getting the best of the best in contemporary comics art, and making them create comics for kids which is an area strangely lacking in the world of comics. That and applying rigorous systems for what can be done in wording, the usage of characters etc. due to the assumed readin ...more
Dov Zeller
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Parents who care a lot about table manners might feel ambivalent at best about "Maya Makes a Mess." But it's a great book for early comic literacy, and though spaghetti with ketchup is not my idea of delicious, there are delectable moments and some unexpected plot twists and turns despite the familiar tropes.

This is one of those picture books that is on the side of the kids rather than adults. I mean, well, so many kids books are like little sermons with seemingly cute (but rather forceful) imag
RLL22016_Joy Bailey Bailey
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I enjoyed reading this story. Although, I find it unlikely for the queen and her royal party to disregard table manners it's a cute story. This graphic novel basically is about a girl who parents instruct her to use manners when at the table. When asked to attend a royal dinner given by the queen, Maya tries at first to exhibit the manners she learned from her parents. When confused on what appropriate utensil to use for a meal, she's ask someone sitting next to her and they simply tell her to d ...more
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-kids
This wacky book will appeal to any kid who's ever been told to use their fork.

It's not surprising that the author's bio suggests the idea for this book came out of Modan's own child's mouth--it perfectly captures a slice of life for children, then exaggerates it to goofy effect. The artwork is adorable, the humor good-natured. Easily read by my 7 year old, who loved it, with plenty of interest even for older kids in the same boat. I love that it offers empathy for a common childhood problem, wi
Skye Kilaen
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Most kids LOVE a good story about a kid proving adults wrong, and this is a cute one. Maya's parents implore her to use good table manners. After all, what if she got invited to dinner with the queen?! Well, that actually happens... and the results left my son cracking up and looking for all the funny details in the pictures of that night's historic dinner. Solid graphic novel pick for younger kids.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have previously read Rutu Modan's highly enjoyable graphic novel Exit Wounds and Jamilti and Other Stories , a collection of short pieces, which on the whole is slightly less impressive than the former, but nevertheless well worth reading. Thus, it was difficult to resist the temptation to pick this up this comic at the library.

It is aimed at young children who are in the process of learning to read (and has a TOON Level 2 grading, for those who knows how to read that scale), and so I read
American Mensa
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Maya Makes a Mess is a hilarious book about a girl named Maya whose parents are always on her about her manners. They say things like "What if you were having dinner with the queen?" One night during dinner, she is whisked away to have dinner with the queen. The queen then adopts Maya's manners and loves it!

I think other kids would enjoy it because it is really funny and is written like a comic book.

My favorite part was when everyone at the queen's dinner started using bad manners and they reali
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it
The basic premise was extremely cute. Maya has terrible table manners, and her parents try to teach her to behave at the table. When she questions why she should have better table manners, her father replies with one of those goofy old sayings, "What if you were eating dinner with the Queen?"
So of course, Maya immediately gets invited to dine with the Queen, and things do not go as her parents would have thought.
I had a bit of difficulty with the story at that point, because the wild royal dinne
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Young readers will chortle at the hilarity of Maya, a girl with abysmal manners, showing the queen and other prestigious folks how to enjoy their food by not worrying so much about their table manners. It's all silly good fun, although highly unlikely, with Maya being wisked aboard a plane and flown to dinner with the queen. The illustrations even include corgis wandering about the rooms. Even I laughed at the sight of Maya consuming spaghetti covered with ketchup in her own inimitable but slopp ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is really an easy comic book, not a graphic novel, but I've already tagged so many other easy comics as graphic novels so the tag is staying. I read this because I really enjoyed Exit Wounds (which is written for an adult audience). This was a comic book for beginning readers about table manners. I enjoyed the hypothetical situation. I almost wish it would have been longer, but next time I have a teacher collection about nutrition/eating, I'm totally putting it in. (It doesn't really cover ...more
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Rutu Modan was born in Tel-Aviv in 1966. In 1992 she graduated cum laude from the illustration program at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Shortly after graduating, she began regularly writing and illustrating comic strips and stories for Israel's leading daily newspapers, as well as editing the Israeli edition of MAD magazine with Yirmi Pinkus. Together, they founded Actus Trag ...more
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