Don't Say That Word!

Don't Say That Word!

Book - 2007
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Michael's rhyming description of his day at school has his mother repeatedly interrupting to prevent him from saying impolite words.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780689869716
Call Number: KATZ
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Stories in rhyme -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Etiquette -- Juvenile fiction.
Additional Contributors: Catrow, David - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Do not say that word!


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Apr 13, 2015

Once again I had mixed feelings about this Alan Katz book that is really just a potty humor story alongside a don't-parent-this-way story. The blurb for this book says, "Michael can't wait to tell his mom all about his day at school. But how can he, when she keeps stopping him before he gets to the best part?" He keeps trying to tell her about his day, but she interrupts when she realizes a naughty word is coming. For Mom, naughty words are toilet, burp, poop and fart. And for punishment, Michael gets sent to time out (once in the closet), is vacuumed up, and gets soap shoved in his mouth.

But from a kid's perspective, this is a completely hilarious book. The facial and body expressions of Michael as he tells about his day are laugh out loud funny. Even I wheezed a couple of times I laughed so hard. So, once again, I say Alan Katz is for the older set of readers--ages 8-12--who can read this themselves, understand potty humor for what it is, and won't take offense at Mom's bad behavior. For the younger crowd, I would give it a pass.

MariePat Jul 16, 2013

Excellant book with vivid illustrations. The illustrations help with the story and kids can have fun guessing the next part of the story.

stephaniehjones May 03, 2012

An excellent storytime book for mature children. The rhyming text will have you predicting the impolite words!


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