Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Commode Companion / Rolf Margenau

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Adult Picture Book/Humor

Approximate word count: Less than 1,000.

Kindle US: YES UK: YES Nook: NO Smashwords: NO Paper: YES
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Rolf Margenau “has been a scrub nurse in an operating room, a professional photographer, a sergeant during the Korean War, a correspondent for the Pacific Stars and Stripes, an attorney specializing in international corporate law, a volunteer executive running a not-for-profit dedicated to housing the homeless, a manager of large and small businesses and, lately, an author and Master Gardener.”

Margenau has three novels and a poetry/picture book available in addition to this volume.


An interactive photo book that exposes the innermost thoughts of animals, birds, bugs, butterflies, and frogs. Designed to induce laughter and thwart constipation. No commode should be without a copy.”


If you've ever had a friend post a humorous looking picture on Facebook and ask his or her friends to provide a caption, you'll have a good idea of what to expect with The Commode Companion. The origins of the name should be apparent. It's the perfect book for those times when you're looking for entertainment in bite-sized bits. The just shy of 100 pictures and Margenau's suggested captions should do the trick for a few visits to the room down the hall. How many will depend on how regular you are. I found the captions humorous and amusing. For the Kindle edition, the book works fine on an eink based ereader, but the pictures are much better in color. Use your tablet computer or smartphone for best results.

The book description calls this book “interactive.” What this is getting at, explained more fully in the book's introduction, is the author invites readers to propose alternative captions. The intent is to update the book from time to time based on these suggestions.


Some mildly adult content.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues except for several instances of hyphens in the middle of words where they don't belong. I suspect these were hard-coded for the print edition and incorrectly left in the Kindle version.

Rating: **** Four Stars

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