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Children's Fiction Clothing & Dress

Shirt Tales (Big Kid Books)

by (author) Brigitte Waisberg

illustrated by Ariana Koultourides

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2018
Clothing & Dress, General, Body
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Mar 2018
    List Price

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Out of print

This edition is not currently available in bookstores. Check your local library or search for used copies at Abebooks.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 2 to 4
  • Grade: p


Do animals use the toilet? Get dressed by themselves? Sleep in a big bed? No? Why not? 

What is more exciting for a toddler than reaching such important milestones as using the toilet, getting dressed, or moving from a crib to a big bed?

But what if animals tried to do the same things? A lion, thinking that a toilet was his throne, might sit there all day; an octopus would probably have a hard time putting on socks, and how would an alligator fit his long tail onto a short bed? With adorable, softly-colored illustrations and jaunty rhymes, these three board books are ideal for encouraging  success as young children look at the antics of animals trying to perform the tasks they themselves are just mastering.  The folly of a mouse trying to use the toilet or a kangaroo sleeping in a bed are sure to make them laugh. 

Inspired by the original 1985 edition of Toilet Tales, these books also provide an opportunity to discover the names of many different animals.

About the authors

Brigitte Waisberg has worked in children's book publishing since 1980. She has also translated books from French to English, including The Biggest Poutine in the World and The Golem of Prague. The Big Kid books are the first she has authored.

Brigitte Waisberg's profile page

Originally from Indiana, Ariana Koultourides graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. She now works as a freelancer specializing in playful children’s book illustration with whimsical characters and animals.

Ariana Koultourides' profile page


  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

“Should be in collections serving preschool audiences.” 

CM Reviews, 12/07/18

Other titles by Brigitte Waisberg

Other titles by Ariana Koultourides