Monday, October 6, 2014

Tasteful Toilet Humor for Kids

It was the cover that got me to grab this book off the shelf, and it also made this book an easy sell to my 13 year old son.  The story surprised me in it's intensity, but the humor and cleverness was there, making it a lot more than just a book with potty humor.

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Title:       Death by Toilet Paper

Author:  Donna Gephart

Target:   Grades 5-7

Series:   No

What this book is about: 
Ben is having a tough time.  His father passed away last year and he and his mother are struggling to keep up with the Master Plan they set in place before he died.  The plan will help his mother get her CPA license so she can finally have a good paying job, but unfortunately the rent or shall we say the unpaid rent, stands in the way.  Ben of course has a plan, as he enters contest after contest in hopes of wining the big grand prize and saving the family from eviction.

Why I love this book:  
Ok, I know this book sounds a little sad, and it is.  But it is also touching and funny and you will find yourself rooting for Ben who you want to succeed so badly.  Also, there is a zombie bride in a toilet paper dress … have I hooked you now?

There are fun toilet paper facts are at the beginning of every chapter - yes I learned a few things. In case you are confused by the toilet paper theme, there is a $10,000 prize to be won by the person who comes up with the best new slogan for Royal-T Bathroom Tissue.  Tushie tissue is top of mind in this book.

Who this book is for: 
My son loved this story and he usually goes for the action books, but this one was clever and had humor so he was drawn right in.  This is one of the few “sensitive books” that I think will hook most boys.  The funny moments and contests are a big draw.

Final thoughts: 
Best cover ever. 

To purchase this book:
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  1. Thanks so much for the lovely review. So glad your son enjoyed DEATH BY TOILET PAPER. He might also enjoy HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL. With appreciation, Donna

  2. It sounds good and I always appreciate knowing someone is writing something a boy might like to read. My thanks to Donna, and to you for the review. I'll add it to my "to read" list. :)