I was cleaning up reader copies of picture books and saw, I Need to Wee! by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. I thought it funny the book title had WEE and not PEE. That alone, I thought, was going to make this a fresh new story about using the potty.
I opened to page one and the first pun (our hero “whizzes” down the slide) jumped out at me. The whole “cute little dance” happened. Yes, I thought, we have our story.
I thought “How real! The child wants to play, see things, is distracted by everything, yet while doing the Irish jig to make the leprechauns proud!” But the line is too long to wait, so off our hero and their friends go to find someplace to wee. All the ridiculous places a child would probably want to use are found and rejected (thankfully). Okay, so it was a bit unfortunate that the “tea pot/wee pot” joke had to be made (and the position the bear is in while being told No to the tea pot was unfortunate), but it is all good. There were other puns and images that made you groan, but they were funny.
Then we find our bear in an actual dance contest, winning (of course) but then (SPOILER) pees in the first-place cup? Sorry, you lost me there. All the good vibes went out the window. I appreciate the hard work that went into making the book, but I cannot like your book. And I do hope your other books (previous and future) and this one find good homes!