In a cheeky and hilarious picture book, author Sam Apple and illustrator Sam Ricks share a silly story about the potty-training experience…from the toilet’s point of view!
Danny would sit anywhere and everywhere: a comfy couch, a bean bag chair, his mom’s lap, a playground swing.
The one place Danny wouldn’t sit?
When the pain of rejection becomes too much, the toilet does what any self-respecting toilet would do: He leaves home.
In Sam Apple’s rollicking children’s book debut, with illustrations by Sam Ricks, it’s boy vs. bowl in a hilarious contest of wills.
"I simply can't go on like this.... It's just too hurtful." That's a toilet talking, and he's upset because Danny, who should be making the next big leap in toilet training, refuses to sit on him. Packing his bags and taking the plunger, the toilet hits the streets of New York City, making stops at a museum to contemplate Duchamp's Fountain and Times Square, where he grumpily obliges some tourists with a photo. Danny, who has finally decided that he is ready, is in hot pursuit with his family; reunited, the toilet's confidence is restored when Danny does the deed and notes in a not-so-subtle nudge to readers "That was fun!" Ricks's (the Data Set series) bright digital cartoons land every big and small visual joke (note the Potsdam sticker on the toilet's luggage) and together with newcomer Apple's surprisingly tasteful text, the result is a mashup of toilet humor and self-esteem lit that's as lemony fresh as a newly scrubbed bowl. Ages 3 7.