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Clean Sweep! is a SpongeBob SquarePants book written by Sonia Sander and illustrated by Barry Goldberg that was released in 2006. In this book, SpongeBob wants to clean up trash around Bikini Bottom, but he takes his efforts too far.



As the back cover reads:

"Can SpongeBob and Patrick clean up Bikini Bottom? Read this story to find out and learn all about s-blend sounds."


The book starts with SpongeBob visiting Jellyfish Fields with Patrick. He uses his jellyfish net to catch litter across the field, including an empty box of Jellyfish Chow. To spread awareness of Bikini Bottom's litter problem, he and Patrick start to pass flyers out to citizens. SpongeBob goes into town and starts singing a cleaning song.

Soon, Bikini Bottom is cleaned up. However, SpongeBob is still obsessed with cleaning and starts taking items before they become trash. He takes a juice box from a fish while he is still drinking it, and takes spoons from Krusty Krab customers before they finish their meals. Mr. Krabs is furious.

SpongeBob takes Squidward's houseplant while it is still alive, prompting Squidward to give him a lecture. He explains to SpongeBob that cleaning up is a good thing, but that he is taking people's things too soon. SpongeBob apologizes and gives everyone their things back. In Jellyfish Fields, a jellyfish is crying because his lucky cardboard box is gone. SpongeBob runs after him, carrying the Jellyfish Chow box from earlier.


  • Gus is colored green instead of gray in this book.
  • This book has a similar plot to the season 7 episode "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful" in that both involve SpongeBob helping clean Bikini Bottom.
    • However, this book was released four years before that episode premiered.
  • The Krusty Krab is shown to sell cereal and ice cream in this book, despite this never being shown in the actual series.
  • A jellyfish speaks at the end of this book.

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