Please Don’t Change My Diaper – Sarabeth Holden, illustrations by Emma Pedersen

    Please Don’t Change My Diaper – Sarabeth Holden, illustrations by Emma Pedersen, Inhabit Media Inc., 9781772272734, 2020 

Format: Hardover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? This is a hilarious depiction of what diaper changing must be like in the eyes of a small child. In this story, a young boy, his dog, and his parents are getting ready to go outside and play in the snow. He is all bundled in his snowsuit, woolen cap and fluffy socks when his mother notices a strange smell. (It is at this point in the story where, I am sure, many parents can relate to the scenario of having your child all clothed for a winter day and then everything needs to come off to change a poopy diaper!) The little boy does not want his diaper changed because he feels his entire world will change along with the diaper–”the sky is falling to the ground, the sun no longer rises, the end is near, I will miss my fluffy puppy”. This very dramatic behavior is soon replaced by the nice feeling of having a clean, fresh diaper. Now the little boy is ready to go, knowing full well that another diaper change will not be too far away.

Children will love the rhyming text and silly illustrations in this book. At one point, images of diapers with cute little teddy bears seem to be floating all over the room. This all creates a very exaggerated view of diaper changing. This story might provide a little humor to some toddlers who really do not like the diaper-changing process.

Anything you did not like about the book. No

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of birth and three years old. The great thing about this book is that older siblings would get a kick out of the story as well because they can relate to the challenges that parents have changing dirty diapers. It would be a funny family read.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children under the age of three.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, parents would love reading this to their young children.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: September 4, 2020


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