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Review – Toto Trouble: Back to Crass

July 5, 2014

Toto Trouble

Toto Trouble: Back to Crass by Thierry Coppée is the first in a series of graphic novels translated from French.  Each page is a separate comic but the action always revolves around a young, mischievous boy named Toto.  Quite a few of the jokes in this book are humorous and I admit I chuckled a time or two while I was reading the book but, in my opinion, many of them are too crude for the suggested age range of 7 to 9 years old.   I’m not sure youngsters will understand all of them, but one of them is about circumcision and I’m sure every boy will get it – I’m not sure it’s a conversation parents want to have with young girls, though.  To be honest, I’m not sure I would recommend this book to older children either.

The illustrations in this book are delightful and the fact that they’re in full color enhances the book but it wasn’t enough to save it for me.  The subtitle of Toto Trouble: Back to Crass sums the book up perfectly.

Toto Trouble interior

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Papercutz.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 5, 2014 8:01 am

    Interesting – I wonder what age would be more appropriate.

  2. Beth F permalink
    July 5, 2014 8:41 am

    Humm, I’m guessing this one isn’t for me at all.

  3. July 5, 2014 10:28 am

    Ugh… too bad.

  4. July 5, 2014 10:50 am

    I wonder if this is a cultural thing, where the book is considered appropriate in some places but not in others. I don’t know – I’m just guessing. But the topics you mention – they definitely don’t seem age-appropriate to me.

  5. July 5, 2014 7:24 pm

    I totally agree that “Back to Crass” pretty much sums it up! I like the illustration sample but am not sure what the target demo is for this book is either.

  6. Patty permalink
    July 5, 2014 10:42 pm

    Oh my!

  7. July 6, 2014 3:52 pm

    Thank you for your honest review, Kathy.

    I’ll be taking a short blogging break but will return soon. Happy reading, Kathy!

  8. July 6, 2014 5:53 pm

    Crude jokes in a book aimed for 7-9 year olds?? Think I’ll pass on this.

  9. bookingmama permalink
    July 7, 2014 10:47 am

    Ugh! I might have to agree that there are a few topics I’m not ready to discuss fully with Booking Son!

  10. July 7, 2014 12:31 pm

    Hmm. I wonder if the suggested age range is a cultural thing? I can’t say this appeals to me very much.

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