CM . . .
. Volume XXI Number 14 . . . . December 5, 2014
According to the publisher of this little set of books on the five least mentionable bodily functions, "Who Did It? is a set of funny little board books that teach kids about bodily functions and how to deal with them in healthy and polite ways."
Each of the books deals with one function, featuring a comically graphic depiction of animals and insects engaging in the activity and ends up with a child practicing correct hygiene. On the back of each book, there is the polite response to each burp, fart or toilet accident, which is, of course, "Excuse moi!".
Who Sneezed? covers proper and courteous snot control.
Ohara Hale is a Montreal-based artist who, according to her blog, "...draws, sings, writes and loves to make: music, comics, weird jokes, new friends, trips to bookstores and crazy fun adventures". Her delight in challenging propriety leads her often to "pushing the envelope" artistically. Such appears to be the case not only in the Who Did It? collection but also in much of her work which may be found all over the Internet in galleries and bookstores.
Hale's bordering-on-scatological humour and whimsical illustrations certainly will delight the three to five-year-old crowd who engage with the Who Did It? set of books. Parents and grandparents will enjoy giggles over the bathroom humour with small listeners in a cozy one-on-one setting.
As to the question of whether the set is suitable for inclusion in the elementary school library as a read-aloud, the following remarks made by a six-year-old after hearing the Who Did It? books may provide a hint.
A strong stomach for descriptive illustrations of bodily emissions is also recommended for adult readers who take on Who Did It? as bed-time (or any time reading)!
Recommended with Reservations.
A retired teacher-librarian, Valerie Nielsen lives in Winnipeg, MB.
To comment on this title or this review, send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright © the Manitoba Library Association. Reproduction for personal use is permitted only if this copyright notice is maintained. Any
other reproduction is prohibited without permission.
Copyright © the Manitoba Library Association. Reproduction for personal use is permitted only if this copyright notice is maintained. Any other reproduction is prohibited without permission.