I Meant to Clean My Room Today

Miriam Nerlove, Author Margaret K. McElderry Books $13.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-689-50438-9
""I meant to clean my room todaybut a big white lion gave a roar. He would not let me out the door.'' So begins the day-long adventure: the book's heroine, who remains nameless, cavorts with a succession of creatures she imaginatively cultivates from the disarray that surrounds her. Her friends lead her into a variety of activities: rollerskating, reading and becoming a grown-up singer with a hairbrush microphone. The hours pass quickly, and by the end of the day the room is perhaps a bit messier than it was in the beginning. The verse occasionally seems forced: ``a fat blue pig came to get clean, I filled up the tubso as not to be mean,'' but overall the tone is lighthearted and fun. Nerlove's rainbow-hued watercolors, with delicate pen-and-ink accents, are festive and entertaining. Ages 4-8. (March)
Reviewed on: 03/01/1988
Release date: 03/01/1988
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