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PPBF: A History of Toilet Paper by Sophia Gholz



by Sophia Gholz

Art by: Xiana Teimoy

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Date: August, 2022

Did you know that people were around for 195,000 years before toilet paper was invented? Good grief! What did they do before that day?

Today's picture book is the perfect place to find out!

Sophia Gholz shares the history and mystery behind this useful invention in A History of Toilet Paper (and other potty tools). Her fun and fact-filled narrative illuminates the need, creation and evolution of toilet paper. Even better, she

does so in a manner and voice that's engaging and chuckle-worthy!


  1. You'll travel through time -- from the days of the caveman until the present day!

  2. You'll visit many cultures and countries and get to see their impact on this necessary tool.

  3. After many laughs, you will know all you need to know to understand and appreciate toilet paper.

Sophia's clever text is paired with enlightening and funny illustrations by Xiana Teimoy! There's such detail and at the same time, such humor!

This is an example of a perfect book which allows children to learn and laugh! Nonfiction was never so accessible and to see the importance of experimentation and creation!

REVIEW BY: Lynne Marie

Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten -- art by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School -- art by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- art by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- art by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling 2019 and Scholastic 2019), Let’s Eat! Mealtime Around the World -- art by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books 2019), The Three Little Pigs and the Rocket Project AND The Three Little Pigs and the Rocket Project Coloring Book -- art by Wendy Fedan (Mac and Cheese Press 2022), and The Palace Rat -- art by Eva Santana (Yeehoo Press 2023). She is the owner and Administrator of (a Rating and Feedback Service) and (a Critique and Mentoring Service). She's also a Travel Agent at

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