From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1—Two children, waiting in a long line to use a public toilet, speculate on what could be causing the delay. "Who's in the bathroom?/We'd all like to know./And why are they being so terribly slow?/We're all getting desperate. It's our turn to go!" Speculation ranges from an elephant "having a poo" to a whale who is "doing the world's biggest pee." "Is it a stoat who is making a stink?" In the end, the children cut to the front of the line, knock on the door, and learn the answer: it is an octopus conscientiously washing all eight "hands." Bright, exuberant cartoons enliven the story and make it a good choice for those with a strong stomach for toilet humor. A frozen stream of urine shoots from a "waddling penguin too frozen to piddle" and a rat leans over the toilet seat "ready to chuck." Adults will quickly tire of this one-joke book, but children may be too captivated by the images of a farting rhinoceros and a "widdling" wombat to question some of the suggestions or wonder why only animals are shown in the bathroom but do not wait on the line with the humans.—Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
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is the author of many books for children, including Tadpole's Promise, I Hate School, I Want to Be a Cowgirl
, and the popular Professor Xargle series, all illustrated by Tony Ross. Ms. Willis lives with her husband and children in London, England.Adrian Reynolds
has illustrated more than twenty books for children, including the popular Harry and the Dinosaurs series. He lives in England.