cover image Don’t Say Poop!

Don’t Say Poop!

Jimmy Matejek-Morris, illus. by Fred Blunt. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $9.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-358-42333-1

In this book of tongue twisting alternatives to common rude words, “LIKE POOP,” a brown-skinned child with curly blue hair presents a plethora of phrases that will draw giggles from young readers. Joined by a goofy cast of expressive, emoji-like poops and anthropomorphic animals, such as a gray elephant clad in purple underwear, the child urges the reader to consider more creative phrases than the prosaic booger, burp, and butt. In lieu of the titular poop, for example, the narrator suggests “humdrum bum crumbs, float-or-sinker, major stinker, sometimes mushy from your tushy, smelly belly funky jelly.” As text by Matejek-Morris rollicks along, scratchy art by Blunt adds to the chaotically comic effect, reminding readers that bathroom humor and its ilk can be good clean fun. Ages 4–7. [em](Apr.) [/em]