The Messiest Monster on Mill Street
by Sarah Sparks
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Pub Date 02 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 01 Nov 2023
Max's messes are legendary—paint on the walls, spills on the floor, crumbs in his fur, and toys scattered everywhere. Max never intended to be messy; there was simply too much to do and too much fun to be had. Until one day, his mess becomes an uncontrollable monster of its own!
With lively illustrations and playful rhymes, each book in the Monsters on Mill Street series follows an energetic and lovable monster on an adventure filled with chaos and unexpected challenges. Every child will recognize a piece of themselves in Max and the colorful cast of characters on Mill Street.
But wait, there’s more! Because the Monsters on Mill Street series is specifically designed to assist children in developing executive functioning and social-emotional learning (SEL) skills, it’s a treasure trove for parents, grandparents, and educators who are looking to inspire young readers and empower them to overcome life’s challenges.
Your child will enjoy these books so much, they won’t even realize they’re learning!
A Note From the Publisher
More about the author...
Sarah Sparks is a born storyteller who's been crafting tales as long as she's been chasing adventures. As a teen, she took a leap of faith, hopping on a plane to Edinburgh with dreams of becoming a journalist and barely enough cash in her pocket for bus fare and a coffee. But that leap led to more than just memories; it kickstarted a flourishing career with Sarah's knack for narrative evolving into a booming communications business. Outside of work, she's the mom of three vibrant kiddos, who've grown up on a steady diet of adventure tales and whimsy. Now, Sarah's sharing her stories with young readers everywhere, hoping to spark imagination and bring the wonder of childhood to life on the page.
The Messiest Monster on Mill Street is one of three inaugural titles launching the Monsters on Mill Street book series on October 2, 2023. Pre-sales for the book will begin on September 4. Alongside this, readers can also explore two other titles: The Angriest Monster on Mill Street and The Bounciest Monster on Mill Street. Expect more titles to be added in 2024.
An important note for retailers and libraries: Paperback and hardcover books in the Monsters on Mill Street series are available through Ingram. For alternate wholesale purchase options please contact hello@MonstersOnMillStreet.com.
Also launching on October 2nd, MonstersOnMillStreet.com offers an extensive range of free activities, downloads, and interactive videos, encouraging active play and aiding young learners as they grow their social-emotional learning (SEL) and executive functioning skills. Classroom and homeschool resources will also be available on the Monsters On Mill Street website.
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This was such a cute little story that will teach littles the importance of keeping their space clean as well as show
The Messiest Monster on Mill Street written by Sarah Sparks and illustrated by Sypha Venders is such a great kids book! A lot of the times kiddos struggles with messes because they may not have be taught proper ways to clean up after they are done playing. This book teaches kids how to clean up and ways to make it fun too! I am a psychiatric social worker at an elementary school and will be purchasing this book to read to the kiddos I work with :)
This is an adorable children’s book that kiddos will love. I especially think the cookie crumb army and dust bunnies will bring lots of laughter to little ones everywhere.
I read this book with my two sons. They're ages 5 and 7. We are currently developing good habits, so I thought this book was a great way to help! They really loved the pictures associated with the story. I feel this is a great book for young children to read! I liked the lesson that was taught in the book - Max was quite messy, but he eventually picked up after himself and realized how happier it made him feel to have a cleaner space.
Thank you, Netgalley, and Sarah Sparks, for allowing my boys and I to read this story together.
I have two son, ages 4 & 6. We read this at bedtime tonight. They both enjoyed it a lot. It's very relatable in the aspect that our life often gets messy and chaotic when we are having fun. The boys don't enjoy cleaning when the fun is done. This story talks about what happens to the monster when the mess gets out of control. The consequences of a mess can swallow you whole. The kids laughed about the silliness of the book. it's fun because it rhythms. Then we had a discussion to tie in a life lesson about the importance of cleaning our messes up. I'm going to add this to our home library when it becomes available to purchase. 5/5 stars. Thank you for allowing us to read and review.
I was able to read three books by this Author and in this series and I loved them all. This one was cute and I could relate because as a child, I would have been the messiest monster! I will definitely recommend this to my patrons at the library!
What an absolutely adorable book!!! Meet Max, who is the messiest monster on Mill Street. Max quickly finds out that his mess has gotten way out of control and he needs to fix it. This book does a fantastic job of explaining to kids in a fun way that messes happen and here is how you can take responsibility to not only clean up your mess, but also prevent them from happening in the future. The illustrations are bright, catchy and exciting. The rhyming prose will hold a child’s attention and teach them a valuable lesson in an entertaining way. This is a great book for teachers to use in the classroom and I would personally buy this for any young kids in my family.
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this fun read in exchange for an honest review. I truly enjoyed this book.
We loved this monster book! My 2.5 year old kept telling the monster to clean up and had fun pointing out the messy items! We would definitely buy this for future reading!
So adorable! Cute and catchy rhymes that are silly enough to promote giggles galore. But teach a simple lesson. My five year old didn’t want to read a book at all, but I started reading and he was transfixed after 3 pages. Then he immediately wanted to read others by the same author.
Read as part of our homeschool reading time and it was such a hit. Fun for all and gave a great message.
I needed this book today for our home! What a great story to teach the importance of cleaning up after yourself. Must have for homes & schools!
The Messiest Monster on Mill Street is the hilarious story of Max, a little monster who is too busy having fun to clean up after himself. After a while, his mess grows so big and gross that it starts to grow its own ecosystem. (Seriously, this reminds me of the room I shared with my sister when I was a teenager, but my clothes never started dancing! But I digress.)
This is a wonderfully fun book written in verse and delightfully illustrated to teach kids that sometimes it's worth taking a little time to clean up after themselves and not let everything get out of control. Thankfully Max learns his lesson. He might not be the cleanest monster on the block, but he's come a long way! Super fun story for your messy kid!
Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this advanced review copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest review on the book!