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Kids books about bodily functions are becoming more and more popular – would you read your child one? Or is Poo still taboo?
When my little brother was born, one of the first books I ever bought him was a book about poo. I’d seen it in a shop in Glastonbury but had never had an excuse to buy it. Now I did. It is called ‘The story of the Little Mole who Knew that it was None Of His Business’.
The intrepid protagonist wakes one morning, only to be defecated on from a great height. His poor eyesight leaves him unable to identify the culprit and he embarks upon a journey around the farmyard to find the animal responsible for doing the doo-doo. I kid you not. It’s actually quite an enjoyable book, with lot’s of fun sounds for children to repeat.
It also looks at one of the often neglected areas of daily life – bodily functions.
So what do Mum’s think about these books? Harmless fun or a Big fat No Go?
Here’s what Lauren Porter from Sophie’s Nursery had to say
‘We love the “Who’s in the Loo” book because, not only does it make my 2 year old laugh (especially when she sees the hippo’s bottom!), but it makes me chuckle too! It is a firm favourite in our house with its witty rhymes and bright illustrations. Lets be honest, kids are obsessed with toilet humour! Rather than getting frustrated and embarrassed by this, its good to know that it actually has lots of developmental benefits such as preparing them for potty training. Discouraging the use of ‘toilet language’ may result in children not wanting to learn how to use a toilet. As for encouraging this humour with “Whos in the Loo” ? I say if it means they sit, read and enjoy a book then surely that has got to be worth it?’
But Lucinda Barton from Bakes Books and My boys says
‘Full of farts, poos and snot! Everything I tell my children is not fit for every day conversation! There are far better ways to grab their attention than resorting to low, ridiculous & off humour. Appeal to their imagination without rudeness’
My favorite Books about bodily functions
Time for some recommendations.
First up the aforementioned ‘The story of the Little Mole who Knew that it was None Of His Business’ by Werner Holzwarth. (affliate link)
*SPOILER ALERT* While I love this book and have many happy memories of reading it with my little brother I must admit that it has a somewhat morally dubious ending. When the Mole eventually finds out who pooped on his head he does not use his words. ‘Basil the Butchers Dog’ is fast asleep and the Mole climbs on his head and ‘returns the favour’ as it were.
I also spoke to author Brydie Wright about her latest Book ‘Daddy and the worlds longest Poo’ and why she chose to write a book with such an unusual subject matter. . .
You can find a link to her book here (affiliate link)
‘When my son was toilet training everything was about poo and bodily functions, so I guess I’m not as confronted by talking about poo, as I know many people still are. I chose a funny domestic scenario from my own life, involving poo and toilets, to share a tale I hope will be funny for young children and grownups alike’