Playing pirate and princess / is lot's of good fun. /
Will she tidy up that mess / and please her poor Mum?
"Jillian Jiggs" tells us, in very catchy verse, of Jillian and her friend's imaginative and crazy crafts and roles. Kids will be amused that she, in a cute way, drives her mother to distraction. Of course, Mom finally faints in dismay, into Jillian's arms, when Jillian is wearing a little angel costume! The story ends wisely, with Jillian saying,
"You'd better go now, Rachel & Peter.
"See you tomorrow when everything's neater."
Eventually, Danziger's narration brings untidy second grader, Amber Brown, around to winning the tidy desk award.
Amber's Grade Two teacher invents "Deskarina" the desk fairy, who is similar to "Dentalina" the Tooth Fairy. Amber decides she wants Deskarina's Clean Desk Award and, after some false starts and a major room tidying at home, finally wins the ribbon. Orderliness as virtue is diminished when applied to the paltry goal of a tidy desk. Told in the present tense, the story is boringly narrated and padded with mundane events such as snack time.