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This Way to the Garden (book)

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Thiswaytothegarden
Written by Caryn Jenner
Illustrator Denis Ryan (illustrations)
Dave King (photography)
Published 1999
Publisher Dorling Kindersley
ISBN 0751366455

This Way to the Garden is a 1999 Mopatop's Shop storybook, based on the episode of the same name.

Mopatop has a lot to sell in the shop today, including a giant green pea, a sparkly blue sea and a bird in a tree.

Puppyduck arrives a bit late this day, because she's been busy tending her garden. She wants to tell Mopatop what she's planted, but they're interrupted as a customer arrives -- a mole named Roley Moley, who's looking for a sign that says "This way for the garden". Puppyduck finds him a sign, and he heads on his way.

Puppyduck tries again to tell Mopatop about her garden, but is interrupted as Roley Moley returns to buy a fence to put the sign on. Now he's got everything he needs, except for one thing -- a garden.

Puppyduck sings a silly song about what she's got in her garden -- it's full of teapots, pajamas and rowing boats: "There's toothpaste, and fast cars, saucepans and jam jars!" Moosey Mouse is spending time with the bird in the tree, and the two of them laugh at Puppyduck's song.

Roley Moley wants a more traditional garden, and Mopatop finds him one that has flowers, grass, bees and butterflies. There's still something missing, though. They finally figure out that the garden needs a bird in a tree, and the bird is delighted -- she loves gardens. Puppyduck still thinks the garden could use some teapots or stripy pajamas.

Note

In the book, Roley's name is spelled "Roly Moley", while the episode's credits say "Roley Moley".

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