When a cleaning spell goes awry, Heidi gets so totally grounded in the twenty-fourth Heidi Heckelbeck adventure!
When Mom asks for help cleaning the house, Heidi takes her magic a little too far. After all, who really wants to deal with all that dust, dirt, and grime? Not Heidi, that’s who! So she creates a cleaning helper named Dusty to do her dirty work. There’s only one problem: Dusty isn’t the most careful cleaner, and when he accidentally breaks Mom’s favorite vase, Heidi gets so totally grounded.
With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
Heidi Heckelbeck Is So Totally Grounded! THE MEAN CLEAN Heidi circled Friday the tenth on her Baby Animals calendar. Only FIVE days until we get to see the movie, Tristan and the Magical Toy Factory! Heidi Heckelbeck and her friends Lucy Lancaster and Bruce Bickerson had waited for it to come out for months. They must have watched the trailer a hundred times.
Heidi hung her calendar back on her bulletin board and went downstairs to see if anything fun was going on. As she passed the living room, she noticed the vacuum cleaner was out. Not a good sign. Then she stepped into the kitchen and saw a mop, a bucket, and Mom standing on a step stool, scrubbing the inside of a cupboard.
Oh no, Heidi thought. It must be time for the Mean Clean! The Mean Clean was Heidi’s family’s special cleanup day—and it always came without warning. During the last Mean Clean, Heidi had found a wet bathing suit in her dirty clothes pile. It had been sitting there for a whole week, and her clothes had smelled super-duper gross. She had never left her dirty clothes in a pile again.
Maybe I can sneak out of here before Mom sees me, Heidi thought. She turned around and began to tiptoe out of the kitchen. But Mom already knew she was there. It was like she had eyes in the back of her head.
“And where do you think you’re going?” Mom asked.
Heidi froze. “Um, nowhere?”
Mom climbed down from the step stool. “Good!” she said. “Because today is the Mean Clean. And I’d like you to clean the den.”
Heidi moaned. This wasn’t what she’d had in mind for her Sunday afternoon. Then she remembered one of the best rules of the Mean Clean: finders keepers. Hmm, she thought. Maybe I’ll find some lost treasure under the couch cushions.
“Okay,” agreed Heidi as she rolled up her sleeves. She was ready to get to work.
Wanda Coven has always loved magic. When she was little, she used to make secret potions from smooshed shells and acorns. Then she would pretend to transport herself and her friends to enchanted places. Now she visits other worlds through writing. Wanda lives with her husband and son in San Jose, California. They have three cats: Hilda, Agnes, and Claw-dia.
Priscilla Burris has illustrated numerous books for children, parents, and teachers. She enjoys cake painting and creating art for products that include murals, greeting cards, and rubber stamps. Priscilla lives with her family in Southern California.