Monday, September 30, 2019

Review: Don't Go There by Jeanne Willis and Hrefna Bragadottir


They must not have toilets in outer space, because this baby Martian keeps going in the wrong place: a bird bath, a bin, an up-turned hat. Perhaps if he masters "The Toilet Song," he might learn where to go.

No surprise to parents or librarians, toilet training books are verrrry popular! This rhyming picture book is a fun one to read with kids, giggling over the silly mistakes the Martian makes. Little ones love feeling like they know more than someone else, and even toddlers know you don't poop in the goldfish bowl! Of course, if your kids are little smart-alecks like mine, this could backfire a bit, but most kids will get the general idea. The potty song in familiar, but I couldn't tell you what the tune to it is, and none is offered. I tried googling it and came up with a million other songs, becoming completely distracted by these on Fatherly. Do NOT listen to them at your desk at work. Or, do - some of your coworkers may need the hand washing reminder!

Back to the book...super cute illustrations of our confused little Martian, ending with toilet paper flying everywhere as he tries to teach his friends back home. The rhythm is a little bit off in places, so you might practice it before reading it out loud with your little one, but that's just in a couple places. This one already has a place on our parenting books shelf!

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