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Tessa’s Top Title: Poo Bum by Stephanie Blake
Simon is an adorable little bunny with a gap in his front teeth almost as wide as his cheeky smile.
But this adorable bunny has a potty mouth. If his mum asks him to do something, he says “Poo Bum”. If his dad asks him to do something he replies “Poo Bum.” It appears “Poo bum” is the only thing Simon can say.
One day he crosses paths with a hungry wolf and has to be rescued by his father. It seems Simon has a change of heart – he is now polite, extremely well spoken, with exquisite manners, and completely reformed. But is this too good to be true? Next morning when his dad asks him to do something Simon says …
Appeal to young readers
This boldly coloured picture book is another of Gecko Press’s wonderful translations with excellent illustrations and a little bit of shock value.
Sure, it’s toilet humour but obviously ‘Poo bum’ is not meant to be taken seriously – read it in the vein intended and it's a great fun read aloud. I’m not sure I’d be game to read to a class of giggly children but one to one it does work really well.
‘Dirty Bertie’ was a firm favourite of Tessa’s so there is no surprise that this has been met with equal enthusiasm. The novelty for young kids at hearing an adult say ‘poo bum’ out loud and their double take is priceless. Adults will probably be divided about this book and will either love or hate it. Children on the other hand, will love it for sure!
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