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WHO’S IN THE BATHROOM? by Jeanne Willis


by Jeanne Willis & illustrated by Adrian Reynolds

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: March 27th, 2007
ISBN: 1-4169-3516-9
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Echoing the plaint of many a desperate bathroom-seeker, Willis offers an extended series of rhymed speculations about what’s holding up the line for the loo. This is bathroom humor in its purest form: “Is it a tiger who needed to tiddle? / A wandering wombat who wanted to widdle? / A waddling penguin too frozen to piddle?” Rising ingeniously to the challenge, Reynolds depicts a menagerie of easily recognizable animals, discreetly but unmistakably engaged in elimination or other restroom activities as a long queue of humans waits outside with varying degrees of patience. For bladder or worse, rare is the child who won’t “go” for this, despite its unexpectedly low-pressure dénouement. (Picture book. 5-8)