Mess Pets by Jill McElmurry

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Hannah and Hilary are two sisters who just can't agree. Hannah revels in dirty clothes and jumbled heaps while Hilary has a place for everything. But when a furry, fun-loving creature grows from the depths of Hannah's mess, a jealous Hilary steals some of her sister's gooey gobs to create a fabulous "mess pet" of her own.

Jill McElmurry's hilarious tale of two quibbling siblings and two peculiar pets takes off to a wild world where sloppy Peanut Butter and Jelly trees grow in the shadow of Dust Bunny Mountain—and where a sweet surprise and an important lesson await. Kids will adore this outrageously imaginative, unforgettable quest!


About Jill McElmurry

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JILL MCELMURRY is the author and illustrator of I'm Not a Baby!, Mad About Plaid, and Mess Pets. Her art for Florence Parry Heide's The One and Only Marigold, "infuses even more humor into the already laugh-out-loud stories," said Kirkus Reviews, in a starred review. She is also the illustrator of Alice Schertle's Little Blue Truck, Lillian Moore's I'm Small and Other Verses, Dayle Ann Dodds's The Kettles Get New Clothes, Ruthie Knapp's Who Stole Mona Lisa?, and Stephanie Spinner's It's A Miracle!: A Hanukkah Storybook. Visit her at

Author Residence: Albuquerque, NM.

Author Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Published August 1, 2002 by Chronicle Books. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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