The House That Had Enough

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The House That Had Enough
File:The House That Had Enough.jpg
IllustratorJohn O'Brien
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren's Book
PublisherWestern Publishing
ISBN0-307-68253-6 Search this book on Logo.png.

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The House That Had Enough is a 1986 children's picture book written by P. E. King and illustrated by John O'Brien. It was published in the Big Little Golden Book series.

Plot summary[edit]

One day nearly everything in Anne's house (except her pillow), her bed, clothes, toothbrush, refrigerator, toys, even the house itself, all came to life and told her they felt she wasn't taking good care of them and left. Finally, Anne, a young girl who appears to live by herself, convinces her house to talk her things into coming back on the promise that she take better care of them.


A longstanding favorite among small children, The House That Had Enough was re-released as a video in 1986.[1]

In 1997 The House That Had Enough was released on CD in Australia. [2] It was released on CD in th eUnited States in 1996, one of thee first six Little Golden Books to be released on CD.[3]

List of Anne's things and complaints against her[edit]

  • Bed: Being jumped on and never made
  • Clothes: Worn every day, stepped on and never washed or put away
  • Toothbrush: Never being rinsed out
  • Toothpaste: Getting dry and crusty due to having its cap left off
  • Soap: Filling his dish with water
  • Towels: Getting damp due to not being hung up
  • Refrigerator: Smelling of sour milk and pickle juice from not being cleaned
  • Dishes and utensils: Being covered in crumbs and peanut butter
  • Toys: Not being put away and stepped on
  • Hammer: Having his face pounded into the sidewalk
  • Paint can: Being used to paint the front lawn
  • Garbage cans: Being pounded like drums and smashed
  • Bicycle: Being rode down the stairs
  • House: Having its doors slammed, its windows opened in the rain, and its walls having posters hung on it with pins


  1. Wissner-Gross, Elizabeth (26 October 1986). "TV Shouldn't Let Kids Just Sit". Newsday.
  2. Reichert, Mary (11 March 1997). "Coming: Banana CDs; Reviews". The Age.
  3. Colker, David (22 October 1996). "THE GOODS; A Dr. Seuss Rhyme Makes It Onto 'ROM". Los Angeles Times.

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