Beetle in the Bathroom by Brian Moses

Beetle in the Bathroom

Written by Brian Moses
Illustrated by Sonia Holleyman

3+ readers   Baby and Toddler   Poetry    

The Lovereading4Kids comment

The insects have well and truly taken over the bathroom in Brian Moses and Sonia Holleyman’s lively, satisfying picture book. You won’t believe the things you’ll hear - an earwig using Dad’s aftershave, a caterpillar shampooing his hair, a beetle singing in the shower – no wonder our narrator (who is waiting to use the loo) is so cross! The scenes of beetle mania are splendidly conjured up in Brian Moses’s accomplished rhyming text, which piles image upon image before bringing readers up short in its final lines. Sonia Holleyman has a great time with the illustrations too, giving us wonderful close ups of the sploshing, splashing, waving, misbehaving insects. Great fun! ~ Andrea Reece

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Beetle in the Bathroom by Brian Moses

A centipede was soaking his feet

And cutting his nails – they looked really neat.

There’s an earwig shaving, a woodlouse waving, lots of ants skating.

Meanwhile I’m waiting …

There’s more than a beetle using the bathroom as you’ll soon discover in this fresh and funny rhyming story by poet Brian Moses. Lots of friendly, fantastic characters are brought to life with Sonia Holleyman’s wild and wacky illustrations. So next time you see a spider in the bath, you’ll know exactly what it’s been doing!


‘… great rhyming pages. Big bright illustrations give the characters a whole topic in each of themselves’ silkysteps

‘Great for classroom and home reading’ Goodreads

About the Author

Brian Moses

Brian Moses has been a professional poet since 1988. He spends half his time writing and the rest of the time he visits schools across the UK and Europe, performing his poetry and percussion show. His poetry books include Behind the Staffroom Door: The Very Best of Brian Moses and A Cat Called Elvis. His solo collections and anthologies have sold over 1 million copies and he is featured on the National Poetry Archive.

Brian lives in a small Sussex village with his wife, their loopy labrador and a collection of bad-tempered chickens.

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32 pages


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Troika Books

Publication date

1st February 2018




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