ISBN 059073878X - The title and the cross-legged kid on the cover make the "mess" seem like an "accident". In reality, I think mess was chosen for the title just because it rhymed! The title confusion aside... nice book for very young, just learning, readers. The text is very simple and is matched by the basic illustrations, so children can learn words like "jumps" by relating the word to the picture - just like Sam!
During recess, Sam has to go and finds his way to the bathroom doors - side by side, with "Boys" and "Girls" written on them... only he can't read! He finds a solution to his problem and learns to spell his first couple of words.
One reviewer mentioned that the amount of text on the last few pages might be a little discouraging to young readers, and that may be but I think there's an up-side to that as well - the rhymes on a few pages are so far apart that young ones lose track of them! With more words on one page, the rhymes are more obvious. Well worth the price to get your preschooler hooked on reading!
Level 1 easy reader book about what goes on at recess. Note the children in the book are from different races and one child is in a wheelchair (shows diversity). Really cute hand drawn color illustrations.