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Reviewed by Michael Gardner for Readers' Favorite
My inner child gave me a big thumbs up when I saw Everybody Pees! (Everybody Potties!) by Justine Avery appear on the RF review list. I’m certain this is the kind of book I would have relentlessly hounded my mother to read every night at storytime before bed. The title sums up the story, making it clear that every living thing on the planet needs to pee. It makes the topic very accessible, which will be very valuable for young minds learning about the way their bodies work. Alongside this, the book puts a big smile on your face because who doesn’t like a little toilet humor? I had a very healthy laugh as I read the book.
Although written for very young children, there’s a very pleasing rhythm to the words. It uses the right balance of short memorable phrases and rhyming sentences, meaning children will quickly learn the story, allowing them to participate in a read-along. So as an educational book, it also ticks this box too. Like all books for young readers, I have to give big props to Naday Meldova’s illustrations as they really bring the words to life. The simplified figures are colorful, cute, and friendly. Most characters are depicted in the situation of being caught with their pants down while taking a pee. Many have very funny expressions of embarrassment, surprise, or delight. Overall, a very good book for young readers, which I suspect will be enjoyed by adults too, especially if your inner child is anything like mine.