Toilet Paper Mummy: A Stepping Stone Book

Bk. 1. illus. by author. 128p. (Icky Ricky Series). Random. May 2013. pap. $4.99. 978-0-307-93167-2; PLB $15.99. 978-0-375-97101-3; ebook $4.99. ISBN 978-0-307-97538-6. LC 2012025090.
Gr 2–4—Icky Ricky is a wild little boy, although he has a good heart in that he looks out for a bully's little sister. The author has created ridiculous scenarios; it is okay if Ricky wastes food or puts ketchup and peanut butter on the ceiling. This early chapter book has a lot of destruction and not much substance. It probably won't appeal even to the crowd attracted to slime and dirt as Rex's goal seems to have been merely to fit in as many gross references as possible. Each page has a black-and-white cartoon illustration. Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School (HarperCollins, 1998) is a better option.—Elizabeth Swistock, Orange County Public Library, VA

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