Everyone can relate to needing to pee in the middle of an important quest, whether you were out doing some shopping that took longer than expected or you were on a long journey. Greg Gormley and Chris Mould tell the story of a brave prince, who really should have gone before he set off on his quest, in their new book, The Prince and the Pee.
Prince Freddie is relaxing on his holiday when his horse, Sir Rushington, turns up to take him to save the people in a burning castle from the dragon. Being on holiday, Freddie has been drinking lots of lemonade, but he knows that his quest is urgent and so he jumps on Sir Rushington and gallops off. It’s not long before he realises he needs to pee. The waterfall they gallop past and the rain that falls on his armour just makes Freddie need to go even more. He jumps off his horse and goes to pee behind a rock, only to be startled by an ogre. Freddie continues to try and find somewhere to pee but keeps getting interrupted, until he finally gets his chance and saves the day at the same time.
Make sure you pee before reading The Prince and the Pee otherwise you might find yourself peeing your pants with laughter. Everyone can relate to Freddie and his dire situation so you really feel for him. You understand the look of anguish on his face because you know the need to pee just gets worse and worse the longer you have to hold on. You can feel his pain when he sees and hears running water and you know it would be horrible to be bouncing up and down, up and down on a horse. Just when you think poor Freddie might finally get some release he is interrupted by ogres, wolves and even Puss in Boots.
Greg Gormley’s text will have you laughing out loud. As you read you can hear Freddie getting increasingly desperate and Sir Rushington trying to find suitable places to pee while still keeping Freddie on track to get to the castle. I’ve always loved Chris Mould’s illustrations and his illustrations for this story are wonderful. He really shows the desperation on Freddie’s face. I also love his illustrations of the other fairy tale creatures throughout the story.
The Prince and the Pee is a great story to read aloud (especially for Year 3 and 4 children) and children could even act it out. It’s another great picture book from one of my favourite publishers, Nosy Crow.