Washing Up – Kids' Poems and Stories With Michael Rosen



washing up on Sundays my mum and dad said right we've cooked the dinner you two can wash it up and then they went off to the front room so then we began first there was the rau about who was to wash and who was to dry my brother said you're too slow at washing I have to hang about waiting for you so I said you always wash it's not fair hard cheese he says I'm doing it so that was that whoever dries has to stack the dishes he says so that's me stacking the dishes while he's getting the water ready now quite often we used to have mustard with our Sunday dinner and we didn't have it out of a tube one of us used to make it with the powder in an egg cup and there was nearly always some leftover anyway my brother he had been washing up by now and he's standing there at the sink his hands in the water I'm drying up and suddenly he goes quick quick quick quick come over here come over here you're gonna miss it you're gonna miss it quick quick quick quick come on you'll miss it what'd I say quick quick quick come on come on going in the water and then I say well what you mean would you give us your hand give us your hand he says and he grabs my hand and then my finger well I say that he says and he pulls my finger under the water and stuffs it into the egg cup with leftover blobs of old mustard stuck to the bottom it's all slimy Oh horrible I was an idiot to have believed him so I go on drying up suddenly I feel a little speck of water on my neck I look up at the ceiling wait I don't know I look at my brother he's grinning all over his big face I cut that out he grins again sticks his finger under the water in the bowl and I i got me round my face did it did it did it he's well pleased so now it's my turn I've got the drying of cloth haven't I and I've been practicing for ages on the kitchen door handle now he's got his back to me washing up and and out does the cloth like a whip and he catches him right on the hair that hurt I didn't hurt you now it's me greenie so he goes all right let's call it quits okay I'll say one all fairy squarey so I go on drying up what I don't know is that he's got the empty washing up bottle under the water blue blue blue blue blue blue blue look it's filling up with dirty soapy water and next thing it's out of the water and he's gone and it's squished all over my face got you in the mushy says right that's it I say I've had enough and I go upstairs and I get his old bicycle cape yeah one of those capes that you can wear when you ride a bicycle in the rain so I can down in the bicycle cape and I say okay I'm ready for anything you've got now you can't get me now can you so next thing he's got the little washing up brush and it's got little bits of meat fat and squashed piece stuck in it and he's come up to me and he's in up under the Cape with it and he's working it round and round under my jumper and under my chin so that makes me really wild and I make a grab for anything that'll hold water dip in the sink and fling it at him yeah what I don't know is that while I went upstairs to get the Cape he's got a secret weapon ready it's his bicycle pump he's loaded it with the dirty washing up water by sucking it all in he picks it up and it's squirt again all over my hair suddenly the door opens sure have you finished that it's mum and dad just look at this look at the pair of them and this water all over the floor all over the table and all we've washed up is two plates and the mustard pot my dad says you can't be trusted to do anything you're asked can you hmm he always says that mind you the floor was pretty clean after we had mopped it all up

46 thoughts on “Washing Up – Kids' Poems and Stories With Michael Rosen

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  2. It would be good if there were teachers like him because I would't fell asleep when I'm bored

  3. Why doesn't your parents make a schedule for who does the dishes? No fighting. Buuuuuuuut this story wouldn't be a thing

  4. Watching this with a more mature mindset than 7 year old me, I can actually realize all of the small details Mr Rosen acts out. It’s actually quite difficult to be so descriptive verbally, but using body language so descriptively is even more difficult. Greetings from Chile, and I’m sure you’d like to know that my school used your performances to teach us English!

  5. Just say "he did it"
    Always work for me when i was a kid(as a younger brother of course)

  6. Your probably the most kindest and wisest
    person that God has sent

  7. In school I’m learning about poetry and we say Michael Rosen Michael Rosen No English No English

  8. Wait, did Micheal write Bear Hunt? If so, then I'll be surprised. I enjoyed Bear Hunt as a child.

  9. Brings back bad memories of my childhood where my older brother kept messing with me. I couldn't stand it, but growing up with aspergus, I was too easy of a target.

  10. One of my all time favourite Michael Rosen stories. Just classic!

  11. I love how the story escalates taperingly, when you reach the pump part I really got me hahaha

  12. The big questions of life:
    What made us?
    Why are we here?
    How do we spell that sound at 2:21?

  13. This is so funny I all ways say it when I get a kill on fortnite

  14. Somehow i can imagine Michael´s face as a kid. By the way he really does a great job.

  15. Hello mr. I don't know your name but your funny when you did your hot food I laughed when you said "nice" your cool

  16. This is easy to fall asleep to. It’s not boring, just very calm

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