Thursday, May 30, 2019

Don’t go there by Jeanne Willis – OPTIONAL

Don’t Go There by Jeanne Willis and Illustrated by Hrefna Bragadottir. PICTURE BOOK. Anderson Press, 2019. $18.  



A little girl adopts a baby martian and quickly discovers that he isn’t potty trained. He likes to potty in unusual places and is just terrified of the toilet. After trying to potty in the fish bowl the girl has had enough and teaches him the potty song.

The illustrations in this book are hilarious and children will howl with laughter. A couple of things that don’t work for me are that the bathroom is referred to as the loo (confusing for an already confused audience) and that the potty song doesn’t have music or reference a song to try to sing the melody to. A child who is having the same trouble as the little alien might try some new places after reading this book –inspiring them to try to potty in even crazier places.

Reviewer: Stephanie MLS & Author.

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