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Fix This Mess!

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  45 reviews
A funny story about a boy, a robot, and a BIG, BIG mess! This Level D book is perfect for kindergarten readers. From the creator of the widely popular Fly Guy books!

Fix this mess! Jake tells Robug. But Robug just makes things worse. Robug finally figures out how to fix the mess--but it's not what Jake expected.

Tedd Arnold's illustrations of Robug's frantic efforts are laug
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2014 by Holiday House (first published January 1st 2014)
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Oct 24, 2016 added it
I won't lie: this book is much funnier when you read Robug with a Dalek's voice. ...more
Sunah Chung
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jake purchased a ROBUG (Remote Operating Basic Utility Gizmo) to clean up the mess in his place. But, Robug is a robot and understands the order “Fix this mess” to literally fix it and put other stuff in the other place. For instance, instead of cleaning up wastes and trashes which are piled up on the table, Robug makes the table fixed and cleaned, and then he piles the garbage on the next furniture. In the end, Jake takes charge of cleaning his place the ways he wants Robug to do.
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The Brothers
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A dog gets a R.O.B.U.G. (remote operating basic utility gizmo) to do the cleaning around his house. Unfortunately the R.O.B.U.G. just moves the mess around instead of cleaning it all up. The R.O.B.U.G. figures out the best way to get the mess cleaned up (spoiler: he makes the dog do it).

Tedd Arnold illustrations are always a bucket o' fun!
Amy Lafleur Meyers
Jake the dog gets a robot, Robug and asks him to clean his messy room. Jake soon finds that having Robug "fix this mess" isn't quite what he expects. Funny book that is full of repetition of "Fix this mess!" ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-little-boy
Another robot book that my 3.5-year-old son is OBSESSED with. Quick read. Hilarious (to him). I think we read it to him 7 times the first day we brought it home from the library.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Jake buys Remote Operating Basic Utility Gizmo (ROBUG) to clean the mess in his house, but ROBUG makes a bigger mess. Jake soon discovers its best to clean your own mess that you made.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Meh, it's alright. It reminded me of a mom. Always cleaning up. Always. Then one day just snaps and tells her kids to do it themselves. But in the form of a robot. ...more
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Repetition helps and this one will get you some great sight words and a terrifying bug monster robot thing.
Jennifer Heise
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebook, kids
A cute little twist on the 'if you want it done, do it yourself' rule of cleaning up after yourself. ...more
Heather Jo
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: meggie-list
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Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Jake the dog sees Robug as the answer to a clean and mess-free house. But Robug (Remote Operating Basic Utility Gizmo) the cleaning robot does Jake’s bidding too literally. When Jake asks him to "Fix this mess!", Robug’s refrain, "I will fix this mess!", results in merely moving the dirty clothes, old candy wrappers, etc. to another locale. After several tries to get it right, the mess ultimately ends up on the roof, and then Robug firmly takes charge and makes Jake clean the mess himself. The u ...more
Kristi Betts
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tedd Arnold, the genius creator of the Fly Guy series, has written Fix This Mess! as part of the Holiday House I Like to Read series of books for emergent readers. The book has been evaluated and assigned a Guided Reading Level of D based on the Fountas and Pinnell system. With his vibrant colors and fun caricatures, Arnold brings to life a fun story of about ROBUG (Remote Operating Basic Utility Gizmo). Jake, the dog needs a mess cleaned up and expects ROBUG to "fix this mess". Jake's plan does ...more
Teresa Bateman
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ted Arnold's bright, bug-eyed illustrations are the true stars of this story of a sort of robovac gone amok. Jake turned on the Robug with the expectation that it would clean up his messes. Instead, it merely transfers his mess from one spot to another, accumulating more stuff as it goes along. In the end, Jake learns a valuable lesson about who has to clean up the mess. The text is very simple, making this an easy reader. The pictures carry the humor of the story--it's amazing how many expressi ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I loved the mini-review on the back cover: “If you like to read, you will like this book.”

This is another fantastic easy reader picture book from the always fabulous Ted Arnold, Co-King of Marking Reading Fun for Young Readers (a crown he shares with Mo Willems). Jake is a lazy slob of a boy? dog? , who ordered an R.O.B.U.G. to clean his home. R.O.B.U.G. does as requested but not the way Jake had envisioned. Much silliness and colorful illustrations follow that will give kiddos a serious case of
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Love Tedd Arnold! I know we all feel like this from time to time when cleaning up just about anything, or we know kids who clean their room in the same manner! And who hasn't been disappointed in an advertised product once the packaging comes off? Mr. Arnold has hit the nail on the head with this little gem. Jim had a new toy to clean up his messes, and tells Robug to "Fix this mess!" But the mess just keeps moving, and becoming worse as it goes. Finally Robug has had enough and Jim is the one d ...more
Heydi Smith
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a great book for older story time kids. The boy (ie. dog being) gets a robot and wants him to clean the mess, but he doesn't say clean the mess he keeps saying fix the mess, so the robot goes around moving the mess from the place where the boy points. At last the boy does it himself.

I would ask the kids, how could the boy have asked differently to get the results he was after?
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Robug came in a box."

This Remote Operating Basic Utility Gizmo is supposed to help Jake clean up his messes. But in cleaning one area, Robug leaves another area in chaos. With growing frustration, Robug finally figures out how to fix the problem.

As always, the illustrations are wonderfully and humorously detailed (I love the cat's growing misfortunes).
A beginning reader title that features an all-purpose robot and the mighty messes it makes trying to obey its owners commands to "Fix This Mess!"

A funny premise set against digital artwork, this title would be a great read aloud for PreK-2.
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I can see pre-school boys loving this book. To me, it was kind of boring. I didn't feel that it was anything really special and that there are more adorable books out there in this age range/reading level. ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love Tedd Arnold and his lovely "bug" eyed animals/humans/creatures. A great story that basically says if you want something done right, you might just have to do it yourself! Nice repetitive phrasing to help young readers. ...more
Marguarite Markley
This one made me laugh out loud. Tedd Arnold definitely illustrates characters with emotion. This is my favorite of the new "I Can Read" books that are sized and illustrated like picture books, but written for beginning readers. ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, robots
Jake tries to get Robug (Remote Operating Bacsic Utility Gizmo) to do his cleaning with some unexpected results. With simple text and large cartoon-style illustrations, this will be a popular book with fans of Fly Guy.
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Such a cute book about helpful Robug who tires to help, but makes things much more complicated! A great story about sharing responsibilities and team work. Another book I cannot wait to get to use in the classroom!! 5 stas
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This "I Like to Read" series of books is great for emergent readers. Written and illustrated by various accomplished author/illustrators, they are a big step up from the average sight word books. L even put on her robot voice for this one. ...more
Linda Atkinson
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I haven't met a book in this series that I haven't loved yet. ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it
A robot bug Roomba isn't happy about cleaning the house. ...more
Apr 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: easy_readers
Simple text, gentle humor, and bright illustrations come together in this story about Jake, who asks his robot to tidy a messy corner with comical results.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great science fiction picture book that addresses the issue of over reliance of technology is vivid picture and few words
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Robug tries to obey when Jake instructs it to "Fix this mess!" but somehow manages to make things worse. ...more
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5- Simple, easy to read. Love the illustrations. :)
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Tedd grew up with three brothers. His family lived on a farm in Pennsylvania for several years then returned to Elmira until Tedd was ten years old. His father's work then required that they move to Gainesville, Florida. There, Tedd's first art lessons in an abandoned dentist's office over the Happy Hour pool hall eventually led to a fine arts degree from the University of Florida.

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