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Reviews & Features for A HISTORY OF TOILET PAPER

Updated: Aug 28, 2023

NOTE: This post is continually updated to include the latest reviews, press, and news.


Award & Nominations:

  • 2022 Cybils Awards Nonfiction Nominee

  • Book Riot's 12 Must-Read Children's Book Releases

  • Best Picture Books Picked by Kids & Library Mom 2022


​"Sophia Gholz has a penchant for telling stories that haven’t appeared on children’s shelves before and this book is no exception...A History of Toilet Paper (And Other Potty Tools), illustrated by Xiana Teimoy, is the toilet tale that even Dav Pilkey would have to appreciate."

Betsy Bird, SLJ Fuse Blog | CLICK HERE for the full review


"Gholz found a topic that matters to every reader. She carefully traces the development of "potty tools" from the days of early humans to the present...VERDICT: An engaging look at how various bathroom technology has changed over time; this is sure to appeal to the elementary school sense of humor."

School Library Journal | CLICK HERE for the full review.

"A comedic, nonfiction picture book explores the history of human hygiene and toilet paper...Gholz has hit gold, and the use of simple language and sentence structures allows emergent and newly independent readers to experience the comedy confidently. Teimoy’s diverse cartoon illustrations capture the humor...For some readers, the specifics of how toilet paper was invented and marketed may come as a revelation. In addition, this history of how humans have gone to the bathroom delivers plenty of details that science lovers will enjoy. VERDICT: A humorous and clever tale about toilet tools."

Kirkus | CLICK HERE for the full review.

"[A] delightful and funny microhistory about toilet paper... A seriously hilarious and engrossing read!"

Book Riot | CLICK HERE for the full review

"...a perfect way to combine the history of inventions in a fun and humorous way...Sophia weaved history and humor together that will engage readers from beginning to end. The illustrations by Xiana Teimoy are detailed, colorful, and historically accurate...This informational book is perfect for a classroom inventions unit, or a fun bedtime read aloud."

Jen's Book Talk | CLICK HERE for the full review

"My kids immediately gravitated to this book and while I dislike potty humor greatly, even I have to admit that this history lesson in toilet paper is extremely interesting. From cave people through the ancient world and modern times, a surprising amount of facts are shared in an engaging and educational way! The concise text paired with eye-catching illustrations makes this a good choice to read aloud to a group or share one-on-one."

Library Mom | CLICK HERE for the full review

"Full of puns and potty humor...readers are drawn through time as facilities, scrub brushes, and wipes change and develop into what we know now...This irreverent and appealing book is sure to draw snickers from kids."

"The book includes facts that curious kids will love, humorous illustrations and witty word play...Sophia gathered all sorts of facts which will grab the interest of everyone from potty-training toddlers to their older brothers and sisters."

Carol Baldwin's Blog, Talking Story News | CLICK HERE for the full review

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