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Um ... Mommy, I Think I Flushed My Brother Down The Toilet [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Rivera , Danko Herrera
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"...where skillful wit and good storytelling come together into one fun-filled read!"
- Jackie Collins

"...deserves a prize for "The Most Imaginative Title of the Year-- or Any Year" --
Stan Lee


Welcome to ’Yuck Kingdom’! The streets are made of smelly jelly fellies. The trees are all winding, dinding and finding. And the hills are made of slushy gushy mush. It’s the Kingdom of Yuck and the last place that Falisha Whiskers wants to be in. But Falisha needs to find her brother Jesse.

She didn't mean to flush Jesse down the toilet… not entirely at least! And now, she needs to find him and take him back home before her daddy gets back or they’re both going to be in heaps of trouble! But the Kingdom of Yuck has more twists and turns than a water slide. Will Falisha find her brother in the twisting streets made of smelly jelly fellies? And will she be able to get him back in time, and all bathed and clean, before their mommy tells their daddy that Falisha flushed her little brother down the toilet?

Teacher Recommended! For ages 4-8. Parents should explain being flushed down the toilet is only pretend.

"A must-have early reader book." -- ParentClub.ca

More About the Author



Jeff Rivera is an award-winning young adult fiction author and debut children's book author. A popular inspirational media personality, he has written for Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, School Library Journal and many other national outlets. Jeff Rivera has interviewed such children's book authors as Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), James Patterson (The Worst Years of My Life) and S.E. Hinton (The Outsiders).

Being the uncle of 12 active nieces and nephews and recalling the childhood antics of his oldest sister and younger brother inspired him to turn his creativity towards writing children’s books. His first children’s book, Um … Mommy, I Think I Flushed My Brother Down The Toilet, marks the adventures of Falisha Whiskers as she sets out to bring back her little brother after accidently (well… mostly accidently) flushing him down the toilet into the Kingdom of Yuck!

Exclusive: A Q&A with Jeff Rivera


Question: You write for many national outlets, you blog, you're on TV, you talk to kids all over the world and you’re a son and uncle of 12 nieces and nephews. How do you balance all that with your writing?
Rivera: Great question. Sometimes I wonder the same thing but here's how I look at it: We're all blessed with 24 hours a day, so if you really want to do something, you can carve the time out to do it. Sometimes when people look at their lives and they think they don't have the time, they realize that they spend a lot of time watching TV or surfing the web or playing video games or staring up at the ceiling and when you subtract all that time, you realize, "Hey, I have a lot more time than I thought I did."

Q: You've written mostly for young adults in the past. How has writing for children been different for you?
Rivera: I think it's a lot more fun because kids are so honest. They'll tell you very clearly what they like or don't like and you're able to write stories exactly the way they like them. Plus, I'm one of those adults that never has really grown up totally. I still buy toys for me to play with and I still watch cartoons and Disney and Dreamworks Animation movies.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1059 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jeff Rivera (December 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AT1LSPQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read. January 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Hold your nose and ignore the idea of why toilets are so yuck. This is one fun little book.
I definitely will read this book to my young ones, I just hope this doesn't give my oldest (4 yo) any ideas :p

A very easy to read, nice and short story. Very imaginative, and has fun graphics for kids to follow.
Definitely good addition to our book collection :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Impressions January 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
One day last week Jeff Rivera, an award-winning author of Young Adult fiction, wrote to ask if I would take a look at Um ... Mommy, I Think I Flushed My Brother Down The Toilet, his first foray into the world of books for a younger audience. Though I don't often review children's books these days, the "child" in my life now being old enough to acquire a Provisional Scooter License in the UK, I do have a love of children's literature so I was happy to have a look. I have mixed impressions.

Unlike books for the Young Adult market, where one's audience can read, there really are two kinds of children's books, books to be read together and books to read "all by yourself." As a Read Together, Um ... Mommy, I Think I Flushed My Brother Down The Toilet is engaging and funny in a way that boys both small and tall adore, a great book for Dads or Uncles to read with the young people in their lives. As a bonus, the book displays nicely on Grandma's beloved iPad - something that not all children's Kindle books do by a very long shot. As a Read Together, this is a solid 4-star read.

Sadly, Um ... Mommy, I Think I Flushed My Brother Down The Toiletis not as successful as an "All By Myself." Children in general do not care to read about children younger than they are themselves as they consider it "babyish." By giving his main character, big sister Faleesha, an age - 7 - Jeff pegged his book for Ages 6-7. Throughout most of the US, 6 and 7 year olds are in first or second grade and often just learning to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kids Will Love It January 23, 2013
By Dave
Format:Kindle Edition
I have a ten-year old grandson and he loves anything that may be gross or disgusting. He would love this book that spins a tale of a young girl who flushes her little brother down the toilet.....by accident? And then must venture after him in a rescue effort before their father finds out. The illustrations are awesome and the book will be a hit for anyone with young children OR grandchildren who may find foul and repulsive things really cool!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars- Great book for Children by a Great author! January 23, 2013
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This was a really great children's book. I hope this eventually comes out in paperback so that I can purchase it for my nieces and nephews.

If you have children and love reading to them then pick this up! They will love it! :)

The only reason this got 4.5 Stars is because I expected more pictures since it was a children's book.

BUY it. READ it. LOVE it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure imagination! February 6, 2013
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This is an incredible book filled with pure imagination. Jeff is a wordsmith, a kind of children's poet. His descriptions, though often scatological, are wild and wonderful. The illustrations are perfectly matched to Jeff's wit and whimsy. I highly recommend this book for kids and adults. Pure fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cute, yet yucky, book to read to small children February 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Right off, I would say that the book's market of "up to 4th graders" is a bit off. By that age, I think kids are looking for a bit more of an involved storyline or else more extreme "potty" humor. This book, I feel, is more for the younger crowd; particularly little boys who tend to thrive on the more gross things in life. Perhaps kindergarten through 1st grade? I realize that most 4-6 year old kids would probably have to have the book read to them; but that just opens up the ideal interaction of child and reader. For instance, is getting flushed down a toilet really possible? Would we be able to breathe? Little kids just beginning to explore the nuances and comedy of toilet humor are the real audience here. Also the simple rhyming is more geared to that age group (for instance: slushy, gushy mush and graying, fraying, swaying trees). The illustrations are quite basic, but are colorful and appealing to the small crowd.

This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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On Friday, January 18, 2013, Jeff Rivera was kind enough to Skype our second grade class to read his newest book. Here are some things our class liked about Mr. Rivera's new book:
--We really liked the introduction, we liked how it said, "Warning, don't try to flush your brother and sister down the toilet."
--Also, we really liked when Faleesha said," I think I flushed my brother down the toilet."
--Finally, we liked when Faleesha went down the drain pipe and into Yuckland.
Mr. Rivera's book really makes kids laugh. For example, when Faleesha said "A girl has got to do what a girl has got to do," our class thought this was hilarious. Many of the kids can really relate to this book because they would like to flush someone down the toilet. We really appreciated Jeff Rivera Skyping our class and we think everyone should read his newest book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
I like the funny parts of the story and the girl reminds me of myself.Although I wouldn't wanna be stuck in a sewer!
Published 1 month ago by Melody Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Um ... mommy I think I flushed my brother down the toilet
The most awesome book ever in man kind from 1 to 10 I would give it a big 10
Also I liked the thought
Published 2 months ago by you want it
5.0 out of 5 stars Um...Mommy ,I think I Flushed My Brother down the toilet
I got this book because it looked like I was going to like it . It looked like it was going to be funny. At the very end I could tell that they stuck . Read more
Published 5 months ago by mikalah lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Awesome
It is awesome and funny
Good job Jeff Rivera I can't wait to read part 2 thanks for the funny books
Published 7 months ago by Tina Pinson
5.0 out of 5 stars great silly kids book
Very silly book which my kids really enjoyed! Sometimes you just need a silly book to make you giggle this is it!
Published 10 months ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars it's funny
It's kind of weird bit very funny because of what the mother said and it's not like a baby book it's kinda like a chapter book
Published 12 months ago by renee
5.0 out of 5 stars book
Downloaded to the kindle. Was a bit too easy reading for my 10 year old. My son showed no interest in it.
Published 15 months ago by Ellen M. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Well that was good
Wow I have a good idea I loved it killed I did great best book ever wow wow wow wow
Published 16 months ago by Destiny cannamore
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great book
The reason I liked this book is because it is a very funny .Because sometimes I feel like I want to flush my little brother down the toilet so it really inspired me I read this... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Morgan Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Err Jr tree tree tree tee shirt
Very good recommend it for kids ages 34567 maybe 8. 5 star book would be my guess or what I would choose
Published 17 months ago by Hunter Beard
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More About the Author

Jeff Rivera is an author and inspirational media personality. He has appeared on national television, radio and print in such outlets as Forbes.com, The Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, Right On! Magazine, Rotarian Magazine, TMZ, WABC, WNBC, WCBS, SITV, American Latino and NPR.

He also writes or has written for Entertainment Weekly, Mediabistro, GalleyCat, Publishing Perspectives, Digital Book World, Examiner, American Chronicle, School Library Journal and the Huffington Post and has been invited to speak and inspire groups all over the world from South Carolina to Nigeria. He has been on panel discussions for The Library Journal, Authors Guild, the Harlem Book Fair and many others.

He is known to have broken the news that Seth Godin was ditching traditional publishing which lead to mentions on hundreds of blogs and media outlets including The LA Times, Fast Company, and New York Observer. His news break that Jackie Collins would be self-publishing the US-version of her eBook lead to mentions in The Bookseller, The Guardian, USA Today and hundreds of other outlets.

His humble beginnings of living in American poverty on welfare and food stamps as the child of a single mother, to his days living in his car and final rise to becoming a published author, journalist and media personality have inspired many.

Rivera created a massive online following before the eBook revolution even existed. He was able to land an agent and a book deal with Warner Books (now known as Grand Central Publishing) within 7 days. He has used the knowledge he gained from this experience to help coach his clients on social media campaigns and has helped over 100 clients take the first step in landing an agent too.


Top Interviews:

Hugh Hefner, Stan Lee, Jackie Collins, Jamie Raab, Fergie, Enrique Iglesias, Avril Lavigne, Macy Gray, Joel Schumacher, James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Jeff Kinney, Harlan Coben as well as 200 others.


Exclusive: A Q&A with Jeff Rivera

Question: You write for many national outlets, you blog, you're on TV, you talk to kids all over the world and your a son and uncle of 12 nieces and nephews. How do you balance all that with your writing?

Rivera: Great question. Sometimes I wonder the same thing but here's how I look at it: We're all blessed with 24 hours a day, so if you really want to do something, you can carve the time out to do it. Sometimes when people look at their lives and they think they don't have the time, they realize that they spend a lot of time watching TV or surfing the web or playing video games or staring up at the ceiling and when you subtract all that time, you realize, "Hey, I have a lot more time than I thought I did."

Q: You've written mostly for young adults in the past. How has writing for children been different for you?

Rivera: I think it's a lot more fun because kids are so honest. They'll tell you very clearly what they like or don't like and you're able to write stories exactly the way they like them. Plus, I'm one of those adults that never has really grown up totally. I still buy toys for me to play with and I still watch cartoons and Disney and Dreamworks Animation movies. I'm a big fan of those old Disney musicals too.

Q: One of the things you've done is put together Skype tours for big authors and stars like Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) as well as tons of Disney Channel and Nickelodeon stars and kid stars from Twilight and Hunger Games. How was that and will you do a Skype tour on your own?

Rivera: Another great question! Working with these huge authors and stars is a blast because I get to work with people I've always looked up to. The kid stars are fun to work with too because they're so talented and funny. I'd love to do a Skype tour on my own and if anyone is interested in me speaking to their class they can email me and we'll try to find a time. I normally don't charge anything to do them if I have time.

Q: Um, Mommy I Think I Flushed My Brother Down the Toilet is hilarious. It's your first children's book. Will you write a sequel or any others?

Rivera: It's funny you should ask because I just finished writing the first sequel and I'm writing the third one soon too. I also have written a handful of others that I'd like to come out very soon too. So far, the parents and kids that have read them have given them a big thumbs up so I hope everyone else likes them as well.

Q: You've said that you based your two main characters in this book on your own brother and sister. How so?

Rivera: The Falisha character is definitely like my big sister Velicia when she was little. Incredibly smart but a little bit mischievous. The Jesse character is just like my little brother Stephen when he was little too; always getting into something. It was really important to me to have characters that are of all colors and sizes because that's the world we live in today.


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