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Standing Up Hardcover – January 30, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Pub (January 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929132719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929132713
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS–This story has limited appeal for boys in the United States. After seeing Manneke Pis–the bronze statue of a boy peeing that is located near the Grand-Palace in Brussels–a toddler is motivated to learn how to stand up to urinate. His first attempt doesn't go well, but by his fifth try, he is aiming at trees, snails, and cracks in the sidewalk, and, finally, standing next to his father and peeing at a European-style urinal. Humorous color cartoon drawings will have adults smiling as this training is not easy. Endpapers are decorated with the child's clothes hanging on a line to dry. Because of the slight cultural differences, librarians may want to skip this title in favor of Alyssa Satin Capucilli's more standard The Potty Book for Boys (Barron's, 2000).–Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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Gillet...makes it seem...a natural extension of things...easygoing artwork will keep the most squeamish amused. --- Kirkus Reviews

The book's general lack of self-consciousness may help ease adults as well as kids into discussion of bathroom practice. --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Sure to make a splash with tots in training and...the slightly older crowd still newly proud of their... accomplishments. --The Horn Book

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By readaholic on May 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
While the statue may not be familiar here in the US, anyone who is the parent of a little boy will laugh out loud at this book. Little boys just want to be like their dads and this book shows the hillarious things that happen when a little boy tries to pee standing up. Although his aim does get better with practice, the recipients of his misses may not appreciate it. I am the mom of a 5 yr old boy, who missed many times and I loved this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Linhart on December 23, 2009
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I felt I had to take time out of my busy Christmas eve - eve to give more credit to this seriously undervalued book! This book has been the only one I could find that would be blunt enough to show my son that other boys stand up and he could stare with no problem. Having no other men in the family life at the moment, this book was a life-saver.... highly recommend also for kids who are prudent or too shy or just don't "know how" to stand up!!!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Lane on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
While the intent of this book (amusingly showing young boys how you stand to pee) is great, the author goes a little too far in being 'funny' about it. It's almost irresponsible, thinking about how impressionable toddlers & pre-schoolers are. I had to alter the book in order to be able to show it to my child. I bought it when he was 3 & it took me a year to figure out what to do with it. The page where it shows the boy peeing on his mom in a bathtub, I ripped out completely along several other objectionable pages that frankly go too far. The page where he was peeing on the snail, I was able to cut out a piece of grass from a ripped out page & pasted over it. Also, my son doesn't have a sister. I change that to "mommy" when I read it. Even with a few less pages, it's now appropriate to show my 4 year old, and he loves the book. I also now feel very secure knowing my boy won't be peeing on the neighbors dog on purpose because he saw the little boy in this book doing somthing similar.
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Berger on April 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I found this book totally offensive. Not only was I subjected to a little boy holding his [...] on every page of the book (in a masturbatory manner), but I found it derogatory to women. Urinating on women might be acceptable in some sexual circles, but is it really something we need to expose kids to at 3, 4 or 5 years of age? This book does not teach respect towards other beings. Nor does it give a guideline for propriety. I am sure the attempt of the authors was to laugh at a rite of passage, but they stepped the line of what is appropriate. I have been a toy designer and illustrator for almost 20 years and have always been careful to think of the repercussions of any product I design. The lack of responsibility that these authors show in this regard is totally unprofessional. This is the first book I have ever taken away from my kids in the many years I have been a parent. Shame on the female authors for creating a book that perpetuates and pardons boys from being even slightly accountable for their actions.
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