Poo Bum by Stephanie Blake. Translated by Linda Burgess. Gecko Press, 9781877467967, 2020
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Here’s the thing with this book — a strong sense of humor is required and you really need to look at it from the perspective of a child (and maybe even some adults!). In this story we meet a young rabbit who can only say one thing and that is “poo bum” (can you hear the children laughing hysterically at this point?) His mother would go into his room to wake him and he would reply “poo bum”. His father would tell him to eat his spinach and he would reply “poo bum”. This pattern continues until one day a wolf asks him “May I eat you?” And what do you think the rabbit says but “poo bum”. (By now I am sure young children will be doubled over laughing with tears in their eyes). So now the unfortunate rabbit is in the wolf’s tummy, but a new situation has developed. Every time the wolf is asked a question, he now replies with “poo bum”. This requires a trip to the doctor (who happens to be the little rabbit’s father) and upon hearing the symptoms, the doctor retrieves his rabbit from the wolf’s belly. This adventure seems to have changed our little rabbit because now he uses perfectly wonderful sentences when responding to his family. Unfortunately, this is short lived–the next day when his father asks him to brush his teeth the little rabbit responds with “fart”.
The illustrations are very simple yet extremely colorful and bright. The text is simple enough to keep young children entertained and they will definitely get a kick out of the silly words used by the little rabbit.
Anything you did not like about the book. I have to admit that I personally did not get much out of this book, however, I know too well that kids will probably enjoy the silliness of this story. And when you think about it, that is really what matters. Some books are silly and nothing more than that.
To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for children between the ages of three and five. I would caution that young children might repeat these words (without restraint), so be prepared for that.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of three and five.
Where would you shelve it? Picture book
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, I could see this being a huge hit during story time–lots of laughs.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.
Date of review: February 25, 2020