Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Review: Don't Dance on the Toilet by Teralyn Pilgrim

Genre: Humor/Memoir


“Being a mom isn’t at all how Teralyn thought it would be. Instead of feeding her children a well-rounded diet, she’s happy if she can keep them from eating newspaper out of the trash can. Instead of doing enriching activities like crafts and science experiments, she spends most of her time stopping her toddler from dancing on the toilet.

It’s a lot of work to make children act like human beings. With everything they do, say, bite, eat, lick, break, spit on, and jump off of, it’s a wonder they make it to adulthood. Raising kids is worth it, though, and not only because we love them. It’s worth it because children are hilarious.”


“Teralyn Pilgrim has a master's degree in Creative Writing from Western New England University and a bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters.”

For more, visit Ms Pilgrim’s website.


Kids are great. A lot of work, but great.

If you’ve experienced children and agree with the above, this book will keep you laughing and be an enjoyable read. If you haven’t experienced kids, you’ll still laugh, but might question whether you want to ever do so. However, the author will make it clear that, at least for her, the positives have far outweighed the not so great.

The core of the book is things the author never dreamed she’d ever say, but found herself saying to one of her kids. Things like “Who colored on the puppy with a highlighter?” or “Don’t use my finger to pick your nose! Use your own finger!” In between you’ll read other short vignettes about Ms Pilgrim’s two daughters and the wild and crazy things they’ve done.

A fun read. It kept me laughing, reminding me of things I experienced years ago as a dad and some of the fun and funny things I’ve experienced more recently as a grandfather.

Buy now from:            Amazon US        Amazon UK

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 30-35,000 words

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