Thursday, May 2, 2019

Review: I Need to Wee by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

by Sue Hendra &
Paul Linnet
Picture Book
32 pages
ages 4 to 8

JULY 2nd, 2019!!!

A fabulously funny new story from the bestselling creator of Barry the Fish with Fingers and Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell.
Alan the bear has a problem. He needs a wee! But there are so many things he would rather do first. Will he make it to the loo on time? And when he gets there, will there be a queue?! Uh-oh...


Taking a situation all can identify with, this book twists a giggle worthy tale which might even throw in a silly gasp.

Alan is having tons of fun with his friends, and when the first signs of having to wee slide in, he's reluctant to leave the excitement. Luckily, his friends understand the dire situation and head out to help him search for a bathroom. But things don't go as planned, especially as the distractions mount and the toilet possibilities fade away.

Alan and his friends are a fun group, and this radiates off the pages from the very start. They support each other and have one another's backs no matter what. This warmth along with the determination not to leave a friend alone with his problem make it a lovely read, which holds that special something even when the silliness ensues.

The 'I-need-to-pee-dance' in the very first pages already hits a very familiar chord, which kids (and adults) quickly identify with. Alan's search for a bathroom hits a sympathetic note as he first battles his own decision to search out a bathroom or play, and then becomes dire when a toilet isn't as easy to find as hoped. It's a situation everyone finds themselves in and an inner-battle kids know too well. But this search soon hits ridiculous and quirky humor, and that's what makes this a book to love. Kids will shake their heads, laugh and wonder at Alan's attempts, while still knowing full well what type of situation he's in.

The illustrations are vibrant and lively, yet hold a geometrical simplicity. This is a playful tale, and that hits every page. This is an imaginative group of friends who invite to fun the entire way through. And it will have young listeners coming back again and again.

And here they are...
Sue Hendra studied at Brighton University in england and has illustrated over one hundred books for children. Together with Paul Linnet, they've come up with bestselling, award-winning picture books, including Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell, Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat, and Cake.

Paul Linnet was born near Brighton, England, but grew up in Derby and studied graphic design.

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