Don't Go There!
Toilet training is tricky, especially if you're not from this planet, unless you know the toilet song -- publisher's description.
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|Library of Congress
||Stories in rhyme Stories in rhyme, Toilet training Toilet training, Martians Martians, Fiction Fiction, Juvenile works Juvenile works
||Pre-school & Early Learning
Description of this Book
Lid up, pants down, bottom on the seat! 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.
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||Can a human preschooler teach a baby alien how to use the potty? The narrator, who wears a jumper and tights, is charmed by a baby alien from another planet--until noticing he doesn't know 'how to use the loo!' After he pees on the narrator's easel and then poos in a birdbath outside, the child brings him into the bathroom to show him the toilet. He's resistant, and so begins a lengthy interlude in which he resists all entreaties to use the potty and instead tries to go in various other places. Bragadottir's cartoon art exploits every opportunity for laughs as the small, green, froglike alien crouches over a cowboy hat, a trash can, and a fishbowl. The last instance results in a mess, though the narrator saves the fish. Determined child then marches the alien back to the bathroom and teaches him a potty song: 'Lid up, pants down, / bottom on the seat. / Sit still, just chill, / until the job's complete. / Whistle if you want to. / Singing can be fun. / Wipe, flush, wash hands, / then you're done!' In a humorous aside, the alien flubs the song when he tries to sing it, but eventually he succeeds in using the potty. As he returns to his departing spaceship, the narrator turns his success around to readers, assuring them, 'If he can use the potty, you can too!' The narrator presents white; judging by the alien's posture, his alimentary system and its termini are analogous to humans'. A spacey twist on the potty book. --Kirkus Reviews --Journal
Jeanne Willis was born in St. Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She is now a full-time writer. She lives in North London with her husband and two children. Originally from Iceland, Hrefna Bragadottir worked in TV animation for eight years before turning her hand to picture books. She now lives in Bournemouth, UK.