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. Volume VIII Number 7 . . . . November 30, 2001
Canadian author-illustrator duo is at it again. Whenever I read one
of Munsch's books, I can hear the author's voice in my head, BLAM, BLAM,
BLAM, BLAM, BLAM. Even for those of us that couldn't hope to be as animated
a reader as Munsch is a storyteller, that doesn't stop us from using
his books in programs because we always know that they'll be a guaranteed
hit. Martchenko's amusing watercolour illustrations are synonymous with
Munsch books. There is always an abundance of humorous depictions on
every page. Two of my favorites in Makeup Mess are of the mouse
chewing through a lamp cord and the kids watching what appears to be
the Paper Bag Princess on TV.
really liked this story, perhaps because I saw a bit of myself in the
main character. Though my parents never fainted, I'm sure they felt
like it because of some of my antics. In Makeup Mess, Julie takes
all the money she can get her hands on and buys a pile of makeup. She
wants to make herself as pretty as a movie star. Between all the makeup
and the earrings, "nineteen earrings in
Makeup Mess will be a surefire hit with readers young and old. Another delight for Munsch fans everywhere, and a definite buy for every school and public library. A great gift book as well.
Catherine Hoyt is the Curator of the Eileen Wallace Children's Literature Collection at the University of New Brunswick.
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