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Um ... Mommy, I Think I Flushed My Brother Down The Toilet by [Rivera, Jeff]
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"...where skillful wit and good storytelling come together into one fun-filled read!"
- Jackie Collins

"...deserves a prize for "The Most Imaginative Title of the Year-- or Any Year" --
Stan Lee

Welcome to ’Yuck Kingdom’! The streets are made of smelly jelly fellies. The trees are all winding, dinding and finding. And the hills are made of slushy gushy mush. It’s the Kingdom of Yuck and the last place that Falisha Whiskers wants to be in. But Falisha needs to find her brother Jesse.

She didn't mean to flush Jesse down the toilet… not entirely at least! And now, she needs to find him and take him back home before her daddy gets back or they’re both going to be in heaps of trouble! But the Kingdom of Yuck has more twists and turns than a water slide. Will Falisha find her brother in the twisting streets made of smelly jelly fellies? And will she be able to get him back in time, and all bathed and clean, before their mommy tells their daddy that Falisha flushed her little brother down the toilet?

Teacher Recommended! For ages 4-8. Parents should explain being flushed down the toilet is only pretend.

"A must-have early reader book." --

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Jeff Rivera is an award-winning young adult fiction author and debut children's book author. A popular inspirational media personality, he has written for Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, School Library Journal and many other national outlets. Jeff Rivera has interviewed such children's book authors as Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), James Patterson (The Worst Years of My Life) and S.E. Hinton (The Outsiders).

Being the uncle of 12 active nieces and nephews and recalling the childhood antics of his oldest sister and younger brother inspired him to turn his creativity towards writing children’s books. His first children’s book, Um … Mommy, I Think I Flushed My Brother Down The Toilet, marks the adventures of Falisha Whiskers as she sets out to bring back her little brother after accidently (well… mostly accidently) flushing him down the toilet into the Kingdom of Yuck!

Exclusive: A Q&A with Jeff Rivera

Question: You write for many national outlets, you blog, you're on TV, you talk to kids all over the world and you’re a son and uncle of 12 nieces and nephews. How do you balance all that with your writing?
Rivera: Great question. Sometimes I wonder the same thing but here's how I look at it: We're all blessed with 24 hours a day, so if you really want to do something, you can carve the time out to do it. Sometimes when people look at their lives and they think they don't have the time, they realize that they spend a lot of time watching TV or surfing the web or playing video games or staring up at the ceiling and when you subtract all that time, you realize, "Hey, I have a lot more time than I thought I did."

Q: You've written mostly for young adults in the past. How has writing for children been different for you?
Rivera: I think it's a lot more fun because kids are so honest. They'll tell you very clearly what they like or don't like and you're able to write stories exactly the way they like them. Plus, I'm one of those adults that never has really grown up totally. I still buy toys for me to play with and I still watch cartoons and Disney and Dreamworks Animation movies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1291 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jeff Rivera (Dec 24 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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This book for children may be capable of setting the record for the number of “Yeeeews” uttered by the young people that read it. The premise is that an older sister (Falisha) decides to get rid of her annoying younger brother (Jesse) by flushing him down the toilet. Her infuriated mother tells her that she must go down the toilet and get him back.
Horrified at the thought, Falisha nevertheless agrees to flush herself to engage in a rescue mission. Her experiences in the yuckiest area of the universe are sure to elicit an enormous amount of giggles from the young readers. There is plenty of smelly goop, gross bugs, drippy slime and brown “dirt” everywhere. It is a hilarious retelling of the classic tale of Alice falling down the rabbit hole.

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"The hills were made of slushy, gushy mush. The streets were made of smelly, jelly fellies. The trees were swaying and fraying and graying.

This is NOT the place for a good girl like me to be, at all."

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Um...Mommy, I Think I Flushed My Brother Down The Toilet (vol.1) is as the title suggest a childhood fantasy for anyone who grew up with siblings.

And, on the surface, you're asked to accept the outrageous concept with an ample dose of humor. But, this book is not bad.

What kept coming back to me when the older sister flushes herself down the toilet to find her brother and ends up in this whole other world was the film "The 5000 Fingers of Doctor T" -- with its allusions to being trapped in Dungeons with all sorts of strange phenomena happening.

This is where I think the book and hopefully any sequels would concentrate their focus: on the strange, wacky and unpredictable elements that they'd find. Having the children separated from their parents (a common literary theme about coming-of-age) means that the time spent in this unfamiliar place could be where they unlearn bad habits or discover new and interesting things about life that they were missing in their "normal" life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e048a0) out of 5 stars Mixed Impressions Jan. 28 2013
By Grandma - Published on
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One day last week Jeff Rivera, an award-winning author of Young Adult fiction, wrote to ask if I would take a look at Um ... Mommy, I Think I Flushed My Brother Down The Toilet, his first foray into the world of books for a younger audience. Though I don't often review children's books these days, the "child" in my life now being old enough to acquire a Provisional Scooter License in the UK, I do have a love of children's literature so I was happy to have a look. I have mixed impressions.

Unlike books for the Young Adult market, where one's audience can read, there really are two kinds of children's books, books to be read together and books to read "all by yourself." As a Read Together, Um ... Mommy, I Think I Flushed My Brother Down The Toilet is engaging and funny in a way that boys both small and tall adore, a great book for Dads or Uncles to read with the young people in their lives. As a bonus, the book displays nicely on Grandma's beloved iPad - something that not all children's Kindle books do by a very long shot. As a Read Together, this is a solid 4-star read.

Sadly, Um ... Mommy, I Think I Flushed My Brother Down The Toiletis not as successful as an "All By Myself." Children in general do not care to read about children younger than they are themselves as they consider it "babyish." By giving his main character, big sister Faleesha, an age - 7 - Jeff pegged his book for Ages 6-7. Throughout most of the US, 6 and 7 year olds are in first or second grade and often just learning to read. Most won't yet have acquired the vocabulary and decoding skills to read this on their own - even with substantial help from an adult. As an All-By-Myself, this simply doesn't work.

Accordingly, I've split the difference in the stars I've awarded. If your intent is to purchase a book to enjoy together with the children in your lives, this may be a great choice. If you're looking for something for youngsters to read alone, this wouldn't make the top of my list.

Nevertheless, I applaud Jeff for his courage in tackling a sometimes difficult group to write for and hope to see more from him.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e04978) out of 5 stars Kids Will Love It Jan. 23 2013
By Dave - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I have a ten-year old grandson and he loves anything that may be gross or disgusting. He would love this book that spins a tale of a young girl who flushes her little brother down the accident? And then must venture after him in a rescue effort before their father finds out. The illustrations are awesome and the book will be a hit for anyone with young children OR grandchildren who may find foul and repulsive things really cool!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e04e34) out of 5 stars Excellent Fun Read! Jan. 14 2013
By Shirley Priscilla Johnson - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Let me start this review off by saying, as a reviewer I have reviewed countless children's books over the years, but....I have never reviewed a book such as this and I say that with a smile. First of all the title is going to grab the attention of any little one, because it is definitely not the norm for a story tale, but it's a winner just the same. The author uses something that a child has contact with everyday and probably at one time in their young life has thrown a few choice articles down its inviting mouth, but their little brother? Hummm!!!! The adventure begins as Mom definitely is not a happy camper when she finds out her son, Jesse, has been flushed down the toilet by his sister, Falisha Whiskers. Mom demands that Falisha finds her brother and brings him home.

Falisha is not happy about this, but knows better than to tell her Mom no, so off she goes down to a land few have traveled before, one that is called the Kingdom of Yuck! Our author does an excellent job in describing how this 'Kingdom' looks, hills made of slushy gushy mush, streets made of smelly jelly fellies...and illustrator, Danko Herrera. brings the story alive with his excellent colorful illustrations. Now, the question is, does she find her brother and bring him home, or does Falisha wonder in this Kingdom of Yuck forever? Ah.....I leave that for you to find out.

Final words, I highly recommend this book for several reasons. First, it is different than any other I have seen. It's a fun read with wonderful illustrations, yet doesn't stop there. The story also shows a child if they are going to do something they know they should not, there will be consequences and if possible they will have to make it right. Responsibility for their actions, a good lesson to learn. I loved the way author, Jeff Rivera, wraps all of this around in a fun adventure in a very forbidden zone. Sure to bring more than one giggle from young and old alike. Very well done.

I received a free copy of this work for an HONEST review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e06210) out of 5 stars " Delightful Adventure into a Different World " Jan. 11 2013
By Robin Lee - Published on
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I don't usually review childrens books, but this AM the covers were sticking straight into my face from Kindle recommendations area on my reader. I finally remembered that I just ordered a set of childrens books for my little niece, so, it was Amazon tracking. LOL... I am a very open minded person so if it's interesting, I will read anything. So, the title of the book is what grabbed me. So, I purchased it to my e-ink reader to prescreen it, and see if it was appropriate for my niece.

Well, I am glad I did! This was a delightful tale that actually had me laughing this morning. The author starts the book of with a very appropriate, warning to children to not try this at home. We all know how curious children can be at this age, that was very responsible. It's a very short story that follows 7 yr old Falisha Whiskers, trying to get her 5 yr old annoying brother Jesse out of her, because he never gets her name right. Purposely, calling her Faseesha all the time. So once he can't be found by their Mom, and she questions her daughter for his whereabouts. This stumbles out of sister's mouth, " I flushed Jesse down the toilet" with the matching detailed illustration to it on the next page, as an adult I was hooked and hysterical.

This author a wrote an excellent, funny, very imaginative adventure into the yucky toilet world now having to get her little brother back, under house orders. This book teaches children to love each other no matter what, and we need a little more of this in our world now. I would definitely recommend this book for children, but I am going to order the paperbacks, because in school storytelling time, the teachers are still using book.
I was amazed though, how clear and detailed the illustrations stood out on my e-ink reader.

This author's writing was excellent, a new, very creative tale and gaged perfectly towards children. I loved it! I am going to read the second part.
I think my niece is going to have me reading this story over and over, especially because of the funny, rhyming words. I do anything to put a smile on her face.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e061bc) out of 5 stars Universal story of siblings Dec 30 2012
By atibamanii - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Falisha has "accidentally" flushed her brother, Jesse, down the toilet and is in big trouble now. Mom says that she must go get him right now, or suffer the wrath of her dad.

Falisha puts on her raincoat and boots and whoosh...down the toilet she goes to search for her little brother who always calls her Faseesha and gives "...slobbery kisses and wipes his snot all over me!" Falisha goes down, down the toilet and into the Kingdom of Yuck "...where the toilet gnomes roam...," and bad little brothers go.

As she walks through the muck and is pushed out of the way and generally abused by the strange creatures residing there, Falisha thinks out loud about the little brother that she is now actually beginning to miss. After all he had hugged her once without slobbering on her, and he had been known to give her a lick off his lollipop. Finally Falisha hears a familiar voice calling to her and she is very relieved to find that it is Jesse who tells her of his adventures in the muck before they both swoosh back home up the toilet.

This is a story that older and younger siblings can relate to, and that children can imagine happening. I remember my son at this age being fascinated by what could go down the toilet and where it ended up. It's also about the dichotomous relationship between siblings--your little brother is such a bother until he isn't there anymore and then you miss him--and about the fact that we learn to love the people in our families, even if they bug us!

The story is relatable for the 4-7 age groups and has a nice rhythm to it. The author also uses language that is both comfortable and not condescending as some picture books can be. The illustrations complement the story very well. My first impression was that the colors inside what Falisha calls the "Kingdom of Yuck" should be darker. However, I remembered that this comes from an adult who has seen the inside of a sewer pipe!

The only negative that I see in this book is the fact that, at over 2,000 words, it is probably going to be too long for most of the target audience who usually do not have the attention span to persevere to the end of a story of this length.