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Book Review: Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room.

About the Author: Carol Gordon Ekster’s first published children’s book, “Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?-A Story of Divorce”, Boulden Publishing, 2008, was inspired by one special former student who lived the schedule described in the book. The book was a finalist for’s Readers’Choice Awards for Best Children’s Book for Single Parent Families, 2012. Another of her stories was in Library Sparks magazine, February 2010. And her newest picture book,”Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room”, is on the debut list of Character Publishing, December 2011. After 35 years of teaching, Carol is retired. She now works on her writing and book promotion, and has supervised student teachers for a local college. She is excited that her writing gives her another way to communicate with children. Find out more at

Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room by Carol Gordeon Ekster and illustrated by Kimberly Soderberg

About the Book: Did you ever lose something, because your room was so messy? That is exactly what happened to Ruth the Sleuth. As she searches her messy room for a potholder she borrowed from her mother, Ruth the Sleuth gets distracted again and again by the wonderful items she finds within her mess. But, will she find her mom’s potholder in time to have cookies with her friend, Zack?

My Review: Ruth the Sleuth is racing against time to look for her mother’s potholder. She must find the potholder before her mother’s cookies are done baking. Her only problem is she has to find it in her messy room. She checked under her bed parting the sea of clothes and toy but it wasn’t there, not among her of pile of papers or in her closet. Where could it be? Ruth said she is “Ruth the Sleuth, and I can find anything I put my mind to.” Did she find it? You can buy your copy to find out. I love the storyline of this book and how it teaches children the importance of being organized.

At the bottom of each page a clock shows how much time Ruth has left before the cookies are done. The last few pages gives Ruth’s favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, a parent’s guide to growing organized kids, how to use the timing game and Ruth the Sleuth’s room tidiness questionnaires. I highly recommend this book not only for the home but for classroom teaching. Great illustration by Kimberly Soderberg.

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Pages: 34

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.


October 3, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , ,


  1. Oh yes! The importance of being clean and organized is a great skill to learn. I guess I should use this book instead of threatening my child with the TV show Hoarders. Lol. I’m just fascinated with that show. This sounds like a fun book and great teaching tool.

    Comment by Cherese Vines | October 4, 2012 | Reply

    • Cherese, it is a great and important skill to learn. After teaching elementary school for 35 years, this is a book I had to write. At a book signing, an elderly woman was buying it for her sister…who still keeps a messy room. I LOVED that! I’d be glad to help all ages in becoming their inspiration to be more organized.

      Comment by cekster | October 4, 2012 | Reply

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