Monday, April 1, 2024

Happy Book Birthday, Would You Dare Put a Diaper on a Bear? by Lillias Kinsman-Chauvet!

What better way to start the month than with a book birthday? Today's read steers towards humor, animals, and the difficult task of toilet training. I have a feeling this will be for animal fans and bring tons of smiles along the way...but let's just take a look and see.

by Lillias Kinsman-Chauvet
32 pages
ages 4 to 8

This lighthearted tale highlights the absurdity of diapers as seen through the eyes of a child. Would you dare put a diaper on a bear? Or a flamingo or a rhinocerous! No that would simply be preposterous.

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Toilet training takes a silly twist, which inspires while bringing giggles with every page.

This is a read for those who are entering the challenge of toilet training. While this book probably won't bring overnight miracles, it adds a bit of fun and might inspire young listeners to work a little harder toward the end goal. 

Various animals are displayed, each donning a fuzzy, white diaper. Not only is it silly to see the animals running around with this accessory, but the words encourage humorous thoughts to ensure a smile each time. From giraffes to crocodiles, the illustrations cover a wide variety of creatures, who would be difficult to get a diaper on. I would have loved to see the rhino with its diaper, too.

The illustrations carry a comical twist and portray the animals in natural but active postures, with and without diapers. Each one is easy to recognize and adds a hint of humor while making the oddness clear. The text is kept very short and plays along with each situation to make the scene hit with humor and understanding.

There's a little surprise toward the end as it then steers in the direction of humans and brings in the question of whether or not they should wear diapers. It's age appropriate but ensures wide-eyes and giggles. The last steer toward the tiny toilet seals the deal and makes this a pointed read, which steers without ever feeling preachy. It's a fun book and meets the message nicely.

And here she is...

Lillias Kinsman-Chauvet is an author, an artist, and a musician. This is Lillias’s first book for children. She manages to balance art, music, unschooling with two young children, and the building of a nature-directed, consent-based learning community. Lillias has a degree in music, and a postgrad in graphic design from London School of Arts. In 2012, Lillias cycled through Cuba researching screen-printing techniques. Lillias works and lives with her family in Glasgow, Scotland.

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