MOOCH THE MESSY by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat


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Mooch the messy, a rat who lives under a hill in Boston, decides to clean up his hole when his visiting father sneezes from the dust, gags at ants in the jam, and trips over a shoe in the doorway. And so Mooch's father has a perfect visit; but as soon as he leaves, Mooch (who had found the place "". . .too neat. I am so mad, I may tear my hair out. But where will I put it if I do?"") tosses and scrunches everything back to its previous satisfying disorder. A reasonable way to resolve a familiar conflict, but whether that's enough for a story is another question.

Pub Date: Oct. 6th, 1976
Publisher: Harper & Row