Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: The Walking Bathroom
Publish October 4, 2017
In The Walking Bathroom, by Halifax spoken-word poet Shauntay Grant, a little girl searches for a novel outfit to wear for Hallowe’en. Bored with the ordinary ghost, witch and princess dress-up options, Amayah yearns to be “something that no one else in the world has ever been in the whole history of Hallowe’en.” While her family goes about their morning ablutions, the clever costume designer finds inspiration right around the corner.
Erin Bennett Banks’s brightly coloured, stylized cartoon illustrations humourously capture Amayah’s grand entrance as a “walking bathroom.” With a shower curtain regally draped around her shoulders, and a yellow plastic bonnet on her head, the child strikes a spectacular pose. She accessorizes with toilet paper roll bracelets and a belt adorned with rubber duckies, a tooth brush, and a loofah.
Amayah discovers that the path to costume glory is not always easy. On the school bus, the kids in conventional getups laugh and heckle, “What are you?” The avant-garde maker is also mocked in the hallways and playground for being different. Amayah holds her shower-capped head high and eventually her creativity is rewarded. With its lyrical text and pleasing repetition, this not-so-spooky tale is a perfect read-aloud choice and a sweet Hallowe’en treat.
Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library. Her reviews have appeared in Quill and Quire, School Library Journal and CM: Canadian Review of Materials. When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.
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