[Picture Book Review] We Toot! by Ashley Wheelock and Arwen Evans

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Book Details of We Toot!

Genre – Children’s Picture Book

Length – 40 pages

Age – All ages

Publisher – House of Tomorrow

Publication date – 12 Aug, 2019


Purchase link: https://bookgoodies.com/a/1733137408

My Review of We Toot!

Society loves to tell girls and women what they can and cannot do. Young girls feel compelled to follow certain codes of conduct to appear more “feminine.” This delightful picture book highlights the unnecessary shame attached to a normal bodily function–passing gas.

Why is it that when men fart, people let it slide by saying things like “boys will be boys,” but it’s not proper for girls to fart? They have the same digestive system, don’t they?

Presented humorously, it tells a relatable story of how friends laugh at each other for letting a stinky one rip.

But one girl chooses to lecture her friend about how it’s not correct for girls to fart. This girl is explained gently and non-threateningly how that’s an outdated view and that girls need not hide normal things about their bodies.

I liked how she was not put down with aggression or “shown her place.” Instead, the approach was good-natured and inclusive.

A timely, relatable, and much-needed book to help young girls feel at home with their bodies and its various essential functions.

Blurb of We Toot!

“Sure to provoke giggles, this delightful tale also helps girls to revel in their bodies.” – Kirkus Reviews

A hilarious picture book for children of all ages. When a stinky toot is loosed at a slumber party, six girls learn an important lesson in body positivity and self-acceptance.

We Toot lets little girls know it’s okay to let one rip.

Book Trailer Here: youtube.com/watch?v=usvWdKKLb1c

House of Tomorrow’s mission is self-acceptance, body positivity, and inclusion. houseoftomorrowbooks.com

About the authors of We Toot!

Ashley is a writer and lawyer on the central coast of California. She loves books, especially children’s books, and began her book career as the then youngest editor-in-chief of her elementary school’s press. She dreams of marshmallows and witches.

Arwen is a PR executive. Her mission is to raise strong girls, which is important as she has three of them. She spends her commute embroidering elaborate gifts while dreaming up her next story. Arwen is a member of SCBWI.

Sandie Sonke is a Southern California native and a Cal State University Fullerton grad with a degree in studio art. She finds joy simply sketching in her sketchbook or drawing tablet. Wearer of many hats; she’s a freelance illustrator, wife, and mom to two sweet and silly kids who inspire her daily. She loves to create whimsical and colorful illustrations. Her hope is to bring a little happiness to those who view her work

Media links:

  • @wheelock.ashley
  • @arwenhanna
  • @sandiesonke
  • @houseoftomorrowbooks
  • @Ashley_wheelock
  • @HOTBooks1

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