Fox lives in his rather messy den and one morning the postman delivers a letter from his Uncle Ferdinand saying he will visit at the next full moon. Fox realises when he looks at his calendar, that this means Uncle Ferdinand will visit tonight and he needs to clean up his messy den for his relative’s visit. So fox gets a broom and sweeps the rubbish out of his house, down the path and into hole. That hole happens to be the hole to Badger’s home and Badger promptly sweeps the rubbish out of her home down the path and into another hole. That hole leads to the Rabbit Family’s home and the rubbish lands right onto their dinner table spoiling their salad lunch. Horrified, they sweep the rubbish out of their home and hide it under a clump of grass outside and yes, that clump of grass was another animal’s home. This time it is Partridge’s nest and she does not hesitate to sweep the rubbish away and down a hole that she finds. The rubbish lands into Mole’s home and on top of his head. Of course Mole sweeps the rubbish out of his door and outside, only for it to land at the feet of Uncle Ferdinand on his way to see Fox. Uncle Ferdinand picks up the rubbish and carries it to Fox’s den leaving it outside his door. Fox thinks about putting the rubbish back down the hole like he did before, but the Mouse family pass by remarking at what wonderful treasure the rubbish was and they carry it all away. Fox comes out of the whole episode looking like a clean and tidy nephew in the eyes of his impressed Uncle.
A nice neat story with colourful and fun illustrations showing the indignation of the various animals in the story as the rubbish gets dumped in their homes. A very nice touch at the end when the mice find a use for the rubbish everyone else wants to get rid of.
Fox does actually get away with being lazy and irresponsible with his rubbish.