Wednesday 28 February 2018

The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain - Carolyn Huizinga Mills and Brooke Kerrigan

The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain
Carolyn Huizinga Mills
Brooke Kerrigan (Illustrator)
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
ISBN 9781554553952

This book was published in the fall of 2017, and is not to be confused with Down The Drain by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko. In fact this is a much better book than that one and most of Muncsch's. My son came home from school and would not stop talking about this book. They had read it in school and he loved it. He kept going on about it. And he was sure the author was not Munsch, but he could not remember who. So the next time we were out at a book store he tracked it down.

We read it sitting there in the store; he could not wait to get home. And when his little sister wandered over, we read it again. And they both love it. Now to be honest they were both a little surprised to see a bare bum, when Sally was laying on her belly in the tub. And they both commented about how many nipples were pictured in the book. They both giggle about it a bit, but it does not stop us from reading the book.

The story is about a young girl named Sally. She has two older sisters and a younger brother. The baby seems to cry all the time and the older sisters will not play with her. Her parents seem so distracted they never have time for her. But Sally comes to believe there is a little boy who lives down the drain. So she starts talking to him. And he is a really good listener. Eventually she believes he tells her to "try something different" and she does. And soon her whole world is turning around.

The illustrations in this book are wonderful. My children love all the details and just going through the book again and again. The story is very sweet and has such a good message. Having three children I think this was a wonderful book for us to pick up, and maybe reread from time to time as a reminder for each of us.

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