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Post by Helen_Combe » 09 Jul 2019, 13:20

[Following is an official review of "I'm Swimming in the Toilet... PLEASE DON'T FLUSH!" by Len Foley.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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I’m Swimming In The Toilet... Please Don’t Flush! by Len Foley is an illustrated children’s book. It follows the adventures of a frog who decides to avoid the baking sun by going into a house and taking a dip in the toilet. This is a cautionary tale which illustrates what can happen when a multitude of danger signs are ignored.

As a self-confessed fan of Len Foley’s books, I was delighted to pounce on this opportunity to review yet another. His stories are irreverent, entertaining, completely off the wall and often include a large splash of toilet humour. They make me laugh out loud.

While the main plot is described in verse, there is yet more story in the illustrations. In fact, there is so much going on that you are unlikely to spot all of the visual jokes at the first reading. The pictures are a clever combination of cartoons superimposed over actual photos and they work remarkably well. The frog merrily hops past barrier tape and a plethora of different danger signs; all of which are funny in their own way. There are other characters included in the adventure. A dog is performing a cleaning service and for some bizarre reason, a peanut is acting as a lifeguard. There is a nod to a previous book when a snorkelling potato turns up and what I particularly like about the shoe is that its tongue is hanging out.

My only twinge of doubt was a personal one in that I have a horror at the thought of small animals being flushed down the toilet. However, that's just a personal thing and the frog was certainly given plenty of warning.

I love this book as I have loved the previous two. It is professionally edited and the pictures are glossy, lively and colourful. It will appeal to young children who enjoy a bit of toilet humour. It will also be equally entertaining for the adult who is reading it with them. I can’t find fault and am delighted to award this 4 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 16 Jul 2019, 06:38

I can't wait to read this one! Like you, I am a huge Len Foley fan. I love his humor and the illustrations are hilarious! Thank you for this great review!

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Post by LinaMueller » 16 Jul 2019, 07:04

Len Foley is really amazing. Amazing writer for kids. Thanks for your great review, Helen. :tiphat:
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Post by kandscreeley » 16 Jul 2019, 08:30

You know, I should have guessed this was Len Foley book just from the title. It sounds like one of his. For that reason, I know it'll be great, and I'll probably end up reading sometime. Thanks!
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Post by Helene_2008 » 16 Jul 2019, 21:32

This sounds like a great book to read to my daughter! I'm always trying to find fun stories with a good lesson. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Wyland » 17 Jul 2019, 06:25

What a title! I don't know if I should be glad that the tile is for a children's book. Thanks for your wonderful review.

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