Monday, March 23, 2009

Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon!

On Saturday morning at ten to nine,
Harvey Moon was eating toast,
waiting for the cartoon show
that he enjoyed the most.
With only minutes left to go,
he heard the voice of DOOM.
"Today, young man," his mother said,
"Is the day you clean your room!"

It would be an understatement to say that I LOVED this book as a kid! I turned out to be a pretty messy person, so I guess my mother bought this for 5-year-old-me in a bout of psychic intuition.

I recited this book in its entirety for second grade speech fair and can still ramble off most of the poem.

SERIOUSLY, to me at 5 years old, this book represented the highest form of humor - I laughed, I empathized, I disliked Harvey's mother for making him clean his room... this book had it all.

If I ever have kids, they're getting 'Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon' (along with some Shel Silverstein, Le Petit Prince, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Amelia Bedelia, Where the Wild Things Are, and all of my other childhood favorites).

Check out the full text and audio of the book HERE online.

5-year-old Rebecca must be having the best day ever, because the poster from the Where the Wild Things Are movie is out as well:


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It is a task to clean the room and specially children s rooms...but as it is a must we could sometimes opt for professional help.

Anonymous said...

This was my favorite book as a 6-7 year old in 1st +2nd grade when the book was 1st released. This article is refreshing and when I have kids they will def. Learn a lesson from lazy ol Harvey Moon. Im having flashbacks of the book thru your posted pictures. And my favorite image of the book was when he tried to hide alot of the mess under the carpet thatz something i pull back then and plstill pull a quick cleanup to the closet when my girl pops up . Thanx for the article u made me smile on the train real talk