Rating: 4 stars
Newsflash: Everybody poops! (But I think you already knew that.)
This funny book is full of pictures of lots of animals (including humans) pooping. That's all there really is to it. Taro Gomi illustrates all the differences and the similarities that go along with our scatological preferences: some animals poop in the water, others in the air, most on the ground. What do all these bowel movements look like? Well, Taro Gomi is glad you're curious about that: he's drawn pebbles and logs, heaps and piles…of poop.
There's such a fine line between funny and gross, and I think some would argue that an illustration of poop falling from a giraffe's rump might be totally gross…and not picture book worthy. But what child isn't a bit shocked when they realize what is happening when they squish up their face and push out some freakishly dark object from their own little body?! Taro Gomi's sorta-gross, sorta-funny book reassures us in a way that we adults still want to be reassured: everybody does it. So relax, laugh a little at yourself, and keep on doing it.
(Not that we have a choice about that last part when it comes to pooping.)
Enjoy the book! Feel free to take it to the bathroom with you…
P.S. Taro Gomi's My Friends is one of my favorite board books for babies…it is very cute and sweet, and not gross at all, promise.