The Saddest Toilet in the World by Sam Apple

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...the focus seems to be more on alienation issues than excretory give and take. Still, the episode may give children who share Danny’s anxiety a handle on their feelings. How many toilet-training manuals take the toilet’s side?
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In a cheeky and hilarious picture book, author Sam Apple and illustrator Sam Ricks share a silly story about the potty-training experience…from the toilet’s point of view!

Danny would sit anywhere and everywhere: a comfy couch, a bean bag chair, his mom’s lap, a playground swing.

The one place Danny wouldn’t sit?

The toilet.

When the pain of rejection becomes too much, the toilet does what any self-respecting toilet would do: He leaves home.

In Sam Apple’s rollicking children’s book debut, with illustrations by Sam Ricks, it’s boy vs. bowl in a hilarious contest of wills.
 

About Sam Apple

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Sam Apple teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of American Parent and Schlepping Through the Alps. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Financial Times Magazine, and the NewYorker.com, among many other publications. A native Texan, Apple now lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children: Isaac, Lila, and Nina.Sam Ricks grew up creating stories about toxic fruitcakes and peanut butter-snatching aliens. He is the illustrator of several books for young readers, including The Data Set series. Sam earned his BA from Brigham Young University and his MA from the University of Baltimore. He is a founding member of Cotopaxi: Gear For Good. He, his wife, and their five children live in Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit Sam at SamRicks.com.
 
Published June 7, 2016 by Aladdin. 32 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.
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Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 02 2016

...the focus seems to be more on alienation issues than excretory give and take. Still, the episode may give children who share Danny’s anxiety a handle on their feelings. How many toilet-training manuals take the toilet’s side?

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Mar 25 2016

together with newcomer Apple’s surprisingly tasteful text, the result is a mashup of toilet humor and self-esteem lit that’s as lemony fresh as a newly scrubbed bowl.

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