By Do D., Illustrated by Taylor Southerland
CreateSpace, 26 pages, $9.99
Can I Poop in Peace? by author Do D. (a pseudonym) and illustrator Taylor Sutherland, is both a children’s book for adults and an adult book for children. At first glance, it looks like a children’s book and contains children’s style rhymes; however, the story contained within its 26 pages is told from the perspective of an adult, a father, who is simply trying to secure some peace and quiet while attending to his necessary bodily functions. The reader gets the impression that the protagonist is a single father who never gets the chance to use his bathroom with some privacy.
The illustrations by Sutherland are well done, and there’s no doubt that some children will enjoy reading the book or having the rhyming paragraphs read to them. Since the book’s scenes are all set in the bathroom, some adults and/or children will be a bit shocked by the content. But then this book follows the all too surprising success of Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes. That was a similar illustrated sui generis children’s book that appealed to multiple audiences.
The publisher promises that after reading this book, your children will scream out the question, “Can I Poop in Peace?”. That may or may not be so, but what is for sure is that this unique book will serve as a conversation piece for anyone who happens to come across it. (If you don’t want that to happen, you may wish to cover it with a brown paper bag.)
The book is dedicated “To all the parents out there who just want to poop in peace.” And all profits from the sale of this book will be donated to charity, which means that everything turns out all right in the end.
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