by Ted Arnold
Holiday House, 2014. picture book
Tedd Arnold is a beloved picture book author/illustrator of Parts and More Parts. In his newest picture book a kid has a new cleaning robot. The child orders the robot to clean the couch, but the mess just gets moved to the end table. The child orders the robot to clean that, and the mess is moved again. Each time the mess is moved it gets bigger. Finally the robot figures out where the real mess is. This book is formatted as a picture book, but the text is simple enough it would work well as a very early beginning reader. In fact, the entire story is told with less than 40 different words, most of which are high frequency words. Arnold's humorous illustrations in his signature style add a lot of fun to the story. This is a great title to build a new reader's confidence.