Pros: colorful illustrations, semi-well intended
Cons: some bad tips that you don't want kids doing in their room cleaning process
Cleaning your room is never fun. I know I always grumbled about it as a child and I know my son isn't particularly fond of it either. So I saw this book on a list of recommended books I figured I'd pick it up. How to Clean Your Room in 10 easy steps isn't exactly what I was expecting but it did make my son smile.
The book begins with a girl showing off her clean room and explaining that she will show you how to make yours that clean too. She says we have to start out with a very messy room though.
The first step is to procrastinate until your mom is very mad at you about not cleaning your room. The 2nd step is to pul everything out of all your drawers, closets, and shelves (in essence making your room even messier).
Neither of these were I too fond of, but fortunately it gets better from there. It goes into organizing the items into piles. And the next steps are about managing clothes, books, and stuffed animals. And finishes with a few more steps. The bad thing is that the reasoning behind doing some of the stuff is horrible. "If you find any dirty socks or undies, stick them under the bed" or "half-finished cup of milk may be placed in the hamper. (Don't worry: the clothes in there need washing anyways.)" These are definitely not cleaning steps I want my son to be following.
The book is written by Jennifer LaRue Huget with number steps on every other page and then a few paragraphs describing how to accomplish each step. There is definitely humor in the writing, it's just that depending on the age of the reader and their sense of humor they may not grasp it.
The illustrations are by Edward Koren and are done in pen and ink and watercolor. I don't particularly like the illustrations. They are colorful but aren't especially pretty. There are lots of things in the girls room to look at and it is definitely quite messy. She has a variety of stuffed animals and just different things to grab your attention in each scene.
When I asked my 6 year old son, after reading this to him, what he thought of her tips he said they "weren't very good" but I think he liked her attempt.
Overall I'd guess this book was for children 5-8 years old. It doesn't make much sense to have it for younger kids who probably don't have the responsibility of cleaning their room on their own. I'll recommend it, as it can be clever, but it probably needs some parental guidance if your child can't differentiate between what is a good tip and what really isn't.