Little Troublemaker Makes a Mess (Hardcover)

Little Troublemaker Makes a Mess By Luvvie Ajayi Jones, Joey Spiotto (Illustrator) Cover Image

Little Troublemaker Makes a Mess (Hardcover)


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A story about a little troublemaker with a big heart from the New York Times bestselling author and noted speaker Luvvie Ajayi Jones.


Little Luvvie loves her mom. She loves her sister. And she loves doing nice things for other people.

But what happens when doing something nice means breaking some rules? Little Luvvie is about to find out.

Written by the New York Times bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi Jones with bright, bold art by Joey Spiotto, this funny, sweet story about a bighearted girl with the best of intentions is sure to become a family favorite.
Luvvie Ajayi Jones is a lifelong troublemaker who is now a writer, speaker, and podcast host. She’s written four books (counting this one). Luvvie spends her time trying to figure out how to make the world better using her superpowers: her words and her side-eye. Her favorite color is red, her favorite food is jollof rice, and she loves spending her time laughing with her family and adding to her big shoe collection. You can visit her online at or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok @Luvvie.

Joey Spiotto is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel series Grumpy Unicorn as well as the books Alien Next Door and Firefly: Back from the Black. Joey has worked with Lucasfilm/Disney, Marvel Studios, Warner Bros., and more. Before making books, Joey was a concept artist in the film and video game industry. He lives just outside of Los Angeles with his wife and two little troublemakers. You can visit him online at or follow him on Instagram @Jo3bot and on Twitter @JoeySpiotto.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593526095
ISBN-10: 0593526090
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English
Praise for Little Troublemaker Makes a Mess:

Little Troublemaker Makes a Mess shows us that good kids with good intentions sometimes struggle to make good decisionsand this doesn’t call for punishments or lectures, but for connection and learning. Children will love the playful, realistic story, and adults will love the theme of parenting with limits and warmthin other words, everyone wins!" –Dr. Becky Kennedy, Clinical Psychologist, Founder & CEO of Good Inside, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

"Kids will learn about unconditional love and why it's important to follow the rules. As a fellow baby, we often want to do it on our own and it's important to WAIT for help. Lastly, the breakdown of being a good troublemaker will stick. It's a beautiful book. I can't wait to read it with my girls." –Nedra Tawwab, New York Times bestselling author of Drama Free

“A lighthearted tale perfect for setting little ones on the path to good trouble. . .The playful and brightly colored illustrations match the book’s cheerful mood. Ideal for storytime, this one will also help kids develop social-emotional skills.” –Kirkus Reviews

“[Little Troublemaker Makes a Mess provides] techniques for behavioral and emotional development, such as examples of healthy communication between parents and children, the importance of apology, working together, and breathing techniques for calming down . . . lovely to see a Nigerian American child in the lead of a story celebrating a West African dish.” —Booklist