cover image The Poop Song

The Poop Song

Eric Litwin, illus. by Claudia Boldt. Chronicle, $15.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4521-7950-6

“Everybody’s pooping all day long. That’s why we sing the pooping song.” Hilarity abounds in this silly songbook about excrement that exhorts children to use the potty. Opening with a mischievous orange-and-yellow-striped cat in a litter box and pooping mountain goats clambering over rocks, text invites readers to join in the song, while vibrant gouache illustrations by Boldt depict an array of animals: “Polar bears poop in the freezing cold snow. Dinosaurs pooped a long time ago.” Though “everybody’s pooping around” various habitats, four human children of varying ethnicities are shown “pooping in the potty” and following up with “a happy sound. FLUSH!” Both catchy and educational, musican Litwin’s signature rhymes should inspire kids, albeit limited to binary “BIG BOYS and BIG GIRLS,” to take the toilet leap. Ages 2–4. [em](Apr.) [/em]