Written by: Lana Button
Illustrated by: Hatem Aly
Published by: OwlKids Books
Published on: August 15, 2020
I got to watch the launch for this book today and it was sooo fun. The author has such great energy, and I was super excited for Raj's book, so I was thrilled that it exceeded my already high expectations.
What do kids love almost universally? Rhyming books and bathroom stuff! This book has both. This is a perfect read-aloud.
Raj likes his bathroom at home and doesn't want to try the one at school, so he makes up his own rules on how to get out of going to the bathroom at school. He gets pretty creative, and is good at sticking to it, until one day the unthinkable happens and he has to face what he dreads. Will it be better that expected? Get a copy to find out!
As Lana mentioned in the fantastic book launch, a lot of kids are going to have some anxieties about returning to schools and daycares after a long time away, and watching Raj take control and then face his fear are going to give some readers confidence, I hope.
I really enjoyed the illustrations as well. The classrooms had lots of diversity, and there's was no big deal made about it. I love it when we normalize all kinds of people. This was my first time to experience a book from Lana Button or from Hatem Aly, and I am going to be on the lookout for more.
Since it's book launch day, you can get a signed copy from A Different Drummer Books in Ontario.
5 out of 5 dumplings