Kindness is revealed to be the best answer to embarrassment and anger in this funny take on peeing in your pants.
“Somebody better come clean about my wet pants.” Reuben, a bear in a scouting uniform, interrogates the whole forest troop to determine who wet his pants. He even holds the doughnuts hostage until he can flush out the guilty party and get what he wants: justice and dry pants. The animals of Troop 73, all blushing with blame (or perhaps embarrassment for their friend?), are dressed in khakis and kerchiefs and sit around a warm campfire. “I’ll get to the bottom of my wet pants if it’s the last thing I do!” yells Reuben. The illustrations are as insistent as Reuben. OHora’s pink, brown, and green–dominated color scheme gives the pages an indie vibe; they’re full of cool things that catch the eye: a potable-water pump, the string-tied doughnut box, and plenty of perfect mushrooms. The scout badges—on both the uniforms and the endpapers—delight in their quirky charm. But this is more than a potty book for scouts. With each accusation, it becomes clear that Reuben will do anything to avoid blame—a character trait familiar to readers, no doubt. Luckily for Reuben, his empathetic friends treat him with kindness, and forgiveness ultimately leaks from the pages.
It is not an accident that there is more here than meets the eye. (Picture book. 5-8)