When the mess in a child's room becomes a monster, will they be able to defeat it before it devours them? Find out in this exciting, rhyming tale that's perfect for both messy and neat children.
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This story is called Mess Monster.
There’s a door in my room that’s always shut tight,
For what lies inside will give you a fright.
It’s something I created, I must confess:
It’s a giant, ferocious, hungry MESS.
When mother would ask if I cleaned my room,
I’d always say yes, I’ll do it real soon.
And when she would check, it would always be clean.
Not a single piece of mess could ever be seen.
But I never ever cleaned up my pigsty,
I said I did, but that was a lie.
Inside my closet, my mess would hide,
And each day I’d throw more stuff inside
It started quite small, many years ago.
I fed it dirty clothes and it started to grow.
Then books I had read, toys I’d forgot.
It liked those things, it liked them a lot.
And over the years, my mess has grown,
And now it has a mind of its own.
So the door stays closed each and every hour,
Or the MESS would have the whole world to devour!
Then one day it happened. The closet door burst.
I tried to get out, but it grabbed my leg first.
It pulled me in, it was hungry you see.
It needed more mess and it wanted me!
It slowly pulled me across the room.
I had to be quick and think of something real soon.
I tore off a book, that was part of itself,
And placed it neatly, on a bookshelf.
Then I grabbed some socks that smelled quite vile,
And folded them together in a neat little pile.
The MESS was scared and said “No. Not today!”
But I just kept putting my things away.
We fought for many hours, but I would not yield.
Being neat was my sword, being tidy was my shield.
Then finally I won, my Mess was gone.
My room was clean but wait, hang on...
What’s that poking out from under my bed?
An old juice box and a crust of bread?
I should clean it up, but why obsess?
There’s no need to worry, it’s just a little mess.
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