Peek-a-Poo - What's In Your Nappy? by Guido van Genechten

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Peek-a-Poo - What's In Your Nappy? by Guido van Genechten

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Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Keith Dudhnath
Reviewed by Keith Dudhnath
Summary: It's called Peek-a-Poo - What's In Your Nappy? It's got a mouse asking to look in other animals' nappies. You get to lift the flaps and look at the different types of poo. You know you want it.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: May 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 978-1408800195

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Mouse is an inquisitive thing. He likes looking under rocks, in jars and in holes. He can't resist the urge to ask his friends what's in their respective nappies. Join Mouse on his journey discovering all the different types of animal poo - rabbit, dog, horse and many more. You get to lift the flaps and see just what they're like. If you don't want to buy Peek-a-Poo - What's In Your Nappy? based on its title alone, there's something wrong with you!

What a brilliant book! Poo is funny. Children love poo. Children love funny. Much like Mouse, children are also inquisitive. They've all peered intently at rabbit poo on country walks, stared at a horse doing its thing, or turned their nose up at a big, smelly cow pat. Peek-a-Poo taps into all that brilliantly, without ever being too rude, disgusting or unpleasant. It's all presented in a very matter-of-fact way, but still, a mouse looking in the nappies of different animals is inherently funny. The different types of poo are inherently interesting. There isn't a single child who won't love it, or a parent who won't wish they'd had such a book when they were little.

Guido van Genechten's illustrations are excellent. All the animals are big, bold and easily recognisable for children of potty-training age. I loved the look of the ever so slightly oversized nappies that all toddlers seem to have.

I can't quite figure out whether Mouse's tone of voice is how he's meant to be, or if it's a result of the translation. (The book was originally called Mag Ik Eens In Je Lueir Kijken?, if you wanted to know). He's bold, matter-of-fact, and slightly precocious; he doesn't sound like most picture book characters, but he isn't like most picture book characters. If it's deliberate, it's an excellent choice; if it's serendipitous, well, that's great too.

Seriously, what are you waiting for? It's called Peek-a-Poo - What's In Your Nappy? It's got a mouse asking to look in other animals' nappies. You get to lift the flaps and look at their poo. You know you want it. It more than lives up to its promise. Buy it and laugh. Highly recommended.

Huge thanks to the publishers for sending it to Bookbag.

Have You Seen My Potty? by Mij Kelly is another great book for children on potty-training age. If poo is your thing, then you'll have to check out Top Ten Books For Children Who Think That Farts Are Funny.

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Susan Stephenson said:

It sounds great! And I totally agree kids will love it. I took my class of five-year-olds to the zoo once. The diamond python had been fed on a rabbit a week ago and pooped all down the keeper's leg - fur, bones and all. The kids' eyes were huge. Guess what their writing was about back at school?

Just found your site via a twitter kidlit alert.

Susan

Kate Lacy said:

I love the book and so do my grandchildren. When I tried to order more copies, I could not find it listed on a Bloomsbury site. So Google took me to an Australian vendor. The Amazon title change is ridiculous! What's in Your Diaper is such a condescension that didn't need to happen! Do they think Americans are stupid and have no sense of language and cultures outside the borders?

Please battle to stop title changes whenever possible! Diaper is a boring dull word and Nappy is unique and interesting to us.

Kate Lacy Fayetteville Arkansas