Busting By Aaron Blabey




This week, we’re taking a break from the more serious, though-provoking books we’ve reviewed lately and having a look at a book that is simply designed to make you laugh! After all, sometimes laughter is the only thing we really need.


Busting is the humorous story of Lou, an animal (of exactly what sort, I’m not entirely sure) who is busting for the loo. Unfortunately, when Lou gets to the loo, he sees there is quite a queue. What on earth is Lou to do?

You can see where this is going.

The story follows Lou in his search for a solution to his dilemma. I won’t give away the ending, but I did enjoy it!

Why I love it:

In typical Aaron Blabey style, this book is funny and clever. It is also (again, in typical Aaron Blabey style) visually appealing. This author/illustrator certainly knows what children want, and he delivers, time and time again.

This book would also be an excellent teaching tool for rhyming patterns and text and for the ‘oo’ sound, as every rhyme uses this sound.

This is certainly an entertaining story and I would place a bet on your children loving it!

Themes/ideas to discuss with your child:

  • Humour
  • Rhyme
  • The ‘oo’ sound and the number of words used to make it
  • The feeling of ‘busting’
  • Desperation
  • Queuing
  • The judgement of others
  • Understanding
  • Relief

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • What kind of animal do you think is on the cover?
  • How do you think the animal on the cover is feeling?
  • Have you heard of the author, Aaron Blabey? What else do you know by him?
  • Have you ever experienced the feeling of ‘busting’?
  • Why do you think the title of the book has an exclamation mark?
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this book? Why/why not?
  • What was your favourite page? Why do you like it?
  • Why didn’t the other animals let Lou jump ahead in the queue?
  • If you had been in the queue, would you have let Lou in?
  • List 3 words the author used to rhyme with ‘Lou’.
  • What was unexpected about the very last page?
  • Is Aaron Blabey an author/illustrator you would recommend to other people? Why/why not?

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