THE SADDEST TOILET IN THE WORLD by Sam Apple

THE SADDEST TOILET IN THE WORLD

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Age Range: 3 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Feeling hurt because young Danny refuses to sit on it, a toilet heads for…browner pastures.

Danny will happily sit on chairs and sofas, but the commode makes him anxious. Considerably bummed (“He hates me”), said fixture at last packs its plunger and departs—the very night before Danny decides it’s finally time. As the toilet leisurely takes in a movie, visits an art museum, and poses for photos with tourists, Danny and his mom set off on a frantic search through “all the wrong places” (port-a-potties and public restrooms) before sighting their quarry at last on the subway to (where else) Flushing Meadows. Reconciliation ensues, differences are papered over, and one reminder to flush later, the whole family (toilet included) rushes away to celebrate. Ricks endows his angst-y porcelain protagonist with anthropomorphic facial features and deposits it and Danny’s family in a New York(ish) setting splashed with suggestive ads (“Feeling Drained?”) and signage. Danny and his mom have red hair and pale skin, while Danny’s dad has black hair and somewhat darker skin. Aside from the visual innuendo, there is nary a whiff of what might be going into the toilet (nor any mention of urination), and the focus seems to be more on alienation issues than excretory give and take. Still, the episode may give children who share Danny’s anxiety a handle on their feelings.

How many toilet-training manuals take the toilet’s side? (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: June 7th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4814-5122-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Aladdin
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2016




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