Someone Used My Toothbrush and Other Bathroom Poems

Someone Used My Toothbrush and Other Bathroom Poems

by Carol Diggory Shields, Paul Meisel
     
 

What's soggy, kind of greenish, and has a funny smell? If you answered ?my toothbrush,? then this book is for you! This comic, kid-centric poetry collection contains twenty-one humorous poems ranging from brushing to bathing to potty-training your baby brother. Alongside Paul Meisel's hilarious and wry illustrations, these poems are a sure bet for anyone who's ever

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What's soggy, kind of greenish, and has a funny smell? If you answered ?my toothbrush,? then this book is for you! This comic, kid-centric poetry collection contains twenty-one humorous poems ranging from brushing to bathing to potty-training your baby brother. Alongside Paul Meisel's hilarious and wry illustrations, these poems are a sure bet for anyone who's ever waited in line for the loo, shared a sink with a sibling, or just wanted a good laugh.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This playful book features 21 poems addressing bathroom tribulations such as washing pets in the tub and cleaning the toilet (“This chore is ucky,/ Gross and mucky./ When it’s my turn/ I say, 'Oh yucky!’”). In “Brushing,” a crocodile, hippopotamus, and shark polish their pearly whites, and in “Toy,” a baby discovers the joys of toilet paper: “He tugs and pulls, it rolls and twirls,/ And swoops about in flowing curls.” Meisel’s lively illustrations bring humor to the subject, but while there are some cheeky moments (pun intended), it’s not heavy on the potty humor. Ages 5-8. (Apr.)
Booklist
The comic family scenes and the wordplay make this great for young children and those who read to them.
Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
From the first poem, "Where to Go" to the last "Going, Going, Gone" this volume addresses the most personal needs of human beings and where those needs take us. Images of familiar items found in bathrooms cascade across each page as Shields and Meisel work in perfect harmony to create a collection of poetry that, without question, touches the lives of all children. The thirty-two verses address every aspect bathroom activity enjoyed (or detested) by young readers and adults, alike. There is common ground here. Although some children will, no doubt, laugh uproariously at the illustrations on particular pages, the more modest listeners in a mixed group may be embarrassed. Caution is encouraged in sharing with a classroom of students, but in a family setting, all will connect, especially to "My Sister's in the Bathroom" while others wait in line in the hall, and "The Medicine Cabinet" overflowing with exactly those health items that may be needed, sometime. Mom is honored in "Peace," as her well-meaning children do not understand her desire to be alone. Taken altogether, this is a book to be shared with mom or dad for a good time of laughter and making memories from the more mundane aspects of life. Reviewer: Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—This collection of 21 short poems is right on target with its rhymed glimpses into the cheerful chaos of family life. From cleaning the toilet ("it's the chore/We all abhor") to a runaway bar of soap to looking for something in an overly crowded medicine cabinet ("Wipes and swipes and salve for sores,/Two small plastic dinosaurs"), the bathroom takes center stage in these humorous selections. The colorful cartoons add just the right tone. They are light and funny, featuring a multicultural cast of characters. There's a lot to like in this clever and appealing collection. Oh, the boy's sister used his toothbrush, "to scrub our pet iguana."—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
This zany assortment of poetry is loosely organized around a bathroom theme. The eclectic subject matter of the 21 poems runs the gamut from downright silly to slightly icky. Selections such as "Troubles," which celebrates the restorative powers of a bubble bath, and "Ahoy," an ode to imaginative playtime in the tub, will appeal to younger readers. However, the wry humor of other selections, including "The Medicine Cabinet" and "Chore," provides a plethora of "euww" moments for less squeamish older readers ("It smells all musty. / It's kind of crusty, / Damp and dank, / And even rusty. / It's a chore / We all abhor, / Cleaning the toilet, / Where it meets the floor"). Nonetheless, Shields's creative wordplay and clever wit moderate the yuck factor and consistently provoke laughs. Meisel's cheerfully irreverent illustrations provide a droll backdrop (quite literally, in the case of the toilet poem) to the playful rhymes. Whether teachers like it or not, this is sure to see a lot of use during poetry units. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525479376
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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