4th December '18
'Hey, who's in the loo?' is filled with comical illustrations that follow the goings-on outside of a toilet door one day. A bear waits patiently outside of a locked toilet door, and finds that the longer he waits, the more animals end up in the queue, bursting to use the loo just like him. It's great for talking about 'pushing' into lines - the children commented "We don't do that, do we?!" - when a pig, monkey and elephant try to squeeze in ahead of the bear even though he'd been waiting the longest.
One girl in the class couldn't stop giggling at the story, and when we'd finished reading it, she explained that she liked the giraffe discussing "needing a poo!" (The child is 3 and wasn't the only one to favour this part of the story). Some of the children kept asking "so who is it?" wanting to find out who is in the toilet sooner and why they're taking so long. (I will let you find out for yourselves but it is quite simple in the end. As an adult working with children, you imagine all sorts of bizarre possibilities for this!) The story follows a simple rhyming pattern and easy-to-pick-up repetitive phrases. It's certainly a book that the children enjoyed, perhaps because we haven't read one before that mentions wee, poo or loo.