Andersen Press, 2022
44pp., pbk., RRP $A16.99
The two baby mice are fascinated by poo and even though their dad tells them it is an off-limits conversation while on their zoo trip, they can’t help themselves. As they walk to the zoo, they see lots of different people and their imaginations run wild as they picture the sort of poo the person would do – but once they get there, there’s no stopping their fantasies. “Chameleons do sneaky, camouflage poo. They can hide it anywhere they want to!”
But the greatest insight is when Father Mouse takes them to meet the Pookeeper…
While this is an hilarious story in rhyme that will have young readers laughing out loud that might have them imagining what sort of poo those around them would do, this story also has a serious side.. It shows that going to the toilet is an everyday occurrence for everybody and everything and is a necessary part of being healthy, sparking conversations about the digestive system and how it works. . By normalising it in this way, the stigma that has been attached to getting rid of body waste for centuries as though it is something nasty and naughty may be diminished so that if there is a change in the habit or the product, it can be addressed without embarrassment. It may also minimise the advent of toilet humour that seems to grip young boys and often lasts into adulthood.
A fun read with a serious side.