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Munsch, Robert.

Illustrated by Michael Martchenko. Toronto, Annick Press, c1986. unpaged, paper, $0.99, ISBN 0-920303-51 -X. (Annikins)

Reviewed by Christine Buchanan

Volume 14 Number 4
1986 July

Robert Munsch's books have a knack for capturing the authentic voice of childhood. This latest title in a continuing series for Annick Press will bring a wry smile to any parent who has lived through toilet training. Andrew, the hero of this story, maintains his own individual sense of timing and appropriateness, despite all the anxious preparations and enquiries of his parents. His adamant assertion, "I have to go!," occurs at the most inopportune times, as any parent will testify. Into this drama, Andrew's grandmother contributes the helpful information that all her children used the potty with no trouble when they were two days old. However, Andrew manages to get the last word.

Preschoolers who are in the throes of toilet training, or who have just attained this milestone, will appreciate Andrew's predicament and Munsch's gentle exaggeration. Perhaps this book will encourage parents and children to enjoy a laugh together over this sometimes stressful subject. Cheerfully illustrated by Michael Martchenko. Recommended for school and public libraries, although this small paperback format is most suitable for home purchase.

Christine Buchanan, Toronto, Ont.
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