I used this 2016 Sakura Medal Contender as a read aloud for my kindergarten classes. Louie sets out to tell a story, but gets interrupted by a plop of jelly landing onto the page. Louie’s story continues to be interrupted by other messes and although the original story is never finished, Louie is satisfied in the end with his “messed” up story.
This book provoked laughter and a lot of discussion about book care and solutions for keeping books safe and dry. Although, not my favorite 2016 Sakura Medal Contender, this book would make an excellent read aloud for librarians, classroom teachers and parents.