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A photo of  Jo Kemp and her son Luke in the 1970s, during the nascent stage of her writing career.

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Vintage 1980s Children Book – Maurice The Messy Mop

This book is all about Maurice and yes, he’s a mop. Vintage 1980s Children’s book “Maurice The Messy Mop”.  Written by Jo Kemp

Title: Maurice The Messy Mop
Publish Date: 1980
ISBN: 85985 137 0

jo kemp vintage 1980s childrens books author optimized

A photo of  Jo Kemp and her son Luke in the 1970s, during the nascent stage of her writing career.

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Kids Bedtime Stories, ‘Maurice The Messy Mop’ Book Page 1

Maurice was a very ordinary ‘Take-me-as-you-find-me’ floor mop.
He wasn’t exactly handsome, but floor mops
never are.
He wasn’t exactly clever, but did you ever meet a floor mop that was?
If anything, Maurice was messy. Terribly, terribly messy. And he was messy because he was impatient.
Far too impatient.

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One day, Maurice was feeling very impatient, and he looked around for something to do.
Now as floor mops can really do only one thing, there was only one thing Maurice could do.
And that was mop the kitchen floor.

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“You can’t do that now!” said Beryl the bucket crossly. “You’ll make a terrible mess!”
Maurice took no notice.
Now the first thing Maurice needed was water and, as Beryl wouldn’t help, he needed something to put it in.
How about Dennis the dustpan?
“If she won’t help, I will!” grinned Dennis, who thought it would be rather fun.

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Maurice helped Dennis climb into the sink, and then he turned on the tap.
The cold tap.
“Yeow! It’s freezing!” squealed Dennis, spilling all the water on the floor.
“Sorry,” said Maurice. “I’ll use the hot tap.”
He turned it on.
“Yeow!” squealed Dennis for the second time. “It’s boiling!”

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Poor Dennis. He hopped around splashing water everywhere until he managed to tip it all out.
He tipped it over Beryl, who wasn’t amused. “Err… sorry,” said Maurice. “It won’t happen again.” But he crossed his fingers. Just in case.

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It didn’t take long for Maurice and Dennis to get the hang of it and they were soon happily sloshing water all over the floor.
“Wheee!” said Maurice as he slid from one end of the floor to the other.
“Sploosh!” said Dennis as he threw water willy-nilly aroung the kitchen.
Slop! Sploosh! Splosh!
“Huh!” said Beryl, stepping from one puddle to another. “It’s a mess. A horrible wet messy mess!”
Maurice looked around. She was right.
But he wasn’t going to say so.

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“We haven’t finished yet,” Maurice said, and wondered what else he and Dennis should be doing.
“Soap!” said Dennis. “We need soap! Lots and lots of soap!”
“Of course,” said Maurice, pretending he had known all the time, and they both dashed to the cupboard.
The wrong cupboard.
Now finding the right packet wasn’t easy. It’s funny how they can all look the same. “This is it!” said Maurice reaching for the sugar.
“Whoops!” he said as he spilt it all over the floor.

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“No, no, that’s not it!” said Dennis as he reached for the flour.
Ugh! That wasn’t right either.
“The soap’s in that cupboard,” said Beryl with a sigh. She was getting a little tired of the mess.
Maurice and Dennis opened the right
cupboard and peered inside. There were only two packets of soap in there so they grabbed one each.
And emptied them both all over the floor!

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“Oh no!” said Beryl feeling rather faint. “Oh yes!” said Maurice and started to mop. At first, there were only a few bubbles. And then a few more and a few more. Maurice didn’t realise how deep the bubbles were getting until he looked around for Dennis.
Dennis was nowhere in sight.
“Dennis?… DENNIS!” Maurice called and
frothed about in the bubbles.
“Ouch!” came the reply when Maurice eventually found him.

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Maurice and Dennis climbed up on the sink and watched the kitchen slowly fill with bubbles.
First the bubbles came up to the skirting board. Then up to the chairs. Then up to the table.
Soon they’d be up to the ceiling.
“Now look what you’ve done!” said Beryl from inside the froth. “How will you mop away this lot?”
Maurice didn’t know. But then he had an idea.
Quite a good idea.

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High up on the wall in the corner of the kitchen sat Freddy the fan. He was very old and rather deaf so, shouting very loudly, Maurice explained his idea.
“Did you say you wanted me to snow?” shouted Freddy.
“No. BLOW!” shouted back Maurice.
At last, Freddy understood, and with some creaking and groaning he blew.
“Whoosh!”
As it happened, he blew very hard and surprised even himself.
“Whooosh!!”

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A great wind whistled around the kitchen and whipped up the bubbles into an even bigger froth.
“Open the window you noodle of a Boodle!” called someone.
Probably Beryl the bucket.
Maurice threw open the window then hung on for all he was worth.
Freddy blew harder and harder.

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The bubbles flooded out of the window,
took half the kitchen with them!
Cups, saucers, plates and chairs. Poor old Beryl the bucket. And even Dennis the dustpan!

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Bubbles and contents gushed out and headed straight for the apple tree!
Pop! Bang! Pop! Pop! Ping!
The bubbles burst leaving everyone stranded in the tree.
“Ugh!” groaned Beryl from the very highest branch.
“Ohhh!” gulped Dennis, who never could stand heights.

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“Oh dear,” said Maurice, feeling rather lost for words. His good idea had gone a bit wrong. But then he turned and saw the kitchen. The floor was sparkling clean!
“I think I deserve a pat on the back,” he said proudly to Dennis.
Dennis didn’t agree. By the look of all those angry faces…
It would be more like a bonk on the head!

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Maurice The Messy Mop Vintage 1980s Book

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About Maurice – There’s nothing Maurice likes more than sloshing water all over the floor. He loves sliding up and down and as a result, making a terrible mess. Read the updated Granny Annie stories.

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