I Can’t Find My Whatchamacallit

A Picture Book to Help Messy and Disorganized Kids


SKU: B605-Net

Cletus and Bocephus are cousins, yet they are nothing alike. Extremely creative Cletus, can’t find anything in his room. He is constantly losing things and is very disorganized and messy. Bocephus, on the other hand, is the most organized, uptight person on the planet. If Bocephus ever misplaces anything… he totally freaks out! After Cletus mom refuses to let him play with Bocephus until his room is cleaned, Bocephus steps in to help out his disorganized cousin.

“Cletus… There’s a home for everything.
Every whatchamacallit has its spot.
Let’s sort through your stuff and put it where it goes.
I’m organized… Cletus you’re not!”

This storybook is the first in the “Functioning Executive” book series. It highlights the importance of being organized in a creative, applicable way. It also spotlights the unique differences and strengths that live in all of us. This book will help teach children to understand, develop, and apply organization a vital executive function skill. Children who possess effective organizational skills can learn to manage not only daily responsibilities, but can also learn how to effectively plan ahead.

Written by Julia Cook
Illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde
Paperback ISBN 9781937870386
Grades K-6
32 pages
Release Date October 1, 2015

Additional information






National Center for Youth Issues

Julia Cook, M.S. is a award-winning children’s author, counselor, and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools and speaks at education and counseling conferences nationally and internationally. Julia has published almost one hundred children’s books on a wide range of character and social development topics, and regularly contributes to print and television media about these topics. The goal behind Cook’s work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem-solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home. Cook has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”

Teaching kids how to independently organize is a proactive step toward supporting executive function development. Bocephus and Cletus have different approaches to organization – each with unique strengths. Their experiences in handling organizational demands with their belongings at home and at school guide children through concrete steps to approach planning and organizing. This is the first children’s book I have used with direct points to teach this skill!

Jill Kuzma, M.A., CCC-SLP

My kids loved listening to this book and it led to a great discussion about the importance of putting things where they belong in the classroom.

J. Kahl
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