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Did you know a little boy could stop a big war?How?Turn the page and read about the legendary Belgian boy who showed the world just how silly it is to fight....

Title : Manneken Pis: A Simple Story of a Boy Who Peed on a War
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ISBN : 9780689831935
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 30 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Manneken Pis: A Simple Story of a Boy Who Peed on a War Reviews

  • Kristen Mcchesney
    2019-04-03 11:15

    I really adore this story. I love that it is a story about war that children could appreciate and understand. The emotions behind living through both war and peace are clearly told. The illustrations are a perfect match for the story, as well. I think the "historical" origin of the tale gives it more weight and therefore, could be useful in a History or English class that deals with ideas surrounding historical truths, oral histories or how legands are formed. The peaceful message of the book is told in an extremely sweet and clever way - with the people stopping their fighting to laugh at the boy peeing. I would use this with students of a variety of grade levels to show a number of lessons - war and peace, the power of one person to change the course of history and the use of fact and fiction within the telling of history. I think this book would be a great way to prove that a complex topic can be viewed in a simple manner (through a children's story) - yet, still revel a powerful message.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-08 18:05

    We discussed this book in my Children's Lit. class because it was challenged at one time or another since it has a naked boy in it. The illustrations are a lot of fun. The story's based on a bronze statute in Belgium, the Manneken Pis, or "peeing boy" and how one day when the little boy's village was at war he stopped and peed on everyone and ended the war. It carries a great message for children about the absurdity of war.

  • M W
    2019-04-07 12:19

    Normally I can't stand books that use potty humor, but I make an exception to this book. I need to read this book again with the kids and get past the humor of a boy peeing on everyone and instead talk about the war part and look up the statue, etc.

  • Dolly
    2019-03-27 14:03

    This is a strange and dramatic tale about conflict and the humorous way one little boy found to end the fighting. It is loosely based on one or more of the many stories that surround the popular tourist attraction in Brussels, Belgium. I have seen the statue myself and thought this would be an entertaining story, but I made sure to show our girls the pictures of the real thing and read a little about the statue online (here, here, and here.) Our girls loved that he is dressed in various costumes throughout the year. I also showed them pictures of the other peeing statues located in Brussels, Jeanneke Pis, and Zinneke Pis. They thought the dog statue was very funny, especially when I told them that I initially thought it was a real dog when I first saw it on the streets in Brussels.The story in the book is very short and is accompanied by bright, splotchy illustrations. The illustrative style is very rudimentary and often blurry and I didn't really like them, but I understand how this book can boil down the horrors of war to a comprehensible tale for very young children. I thought it was interesting that the enemy is depicted as evil, scary monsters, and then as nice, friendly ones later on in the book. Overall, I liked the content of the story and the intent of the author to write about peace. I didn't like the illustrations, but we still enjoyed reading the book together and laughed at the picture of the funny little statue. I also thought it was interesting that Vladimir Radunsky wrote the following below the author's bio on the inside book jacket;"Other recommended reading on related subject for parents: Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace"

  • Kate
    2019-03-24 13:05

    This is one wacky, and of course then naturally true, story of a little Belgian boy who is caught up in a war in his home town. And he ends the war, by peeing all over it. Yep. True story!The little boy is nameless, but his nickname, Manneken Pis, means “peeing boy.” So let’s just call him Pis. So the book begins with Pis and his happy little life with his mother and father who love him very much. But then war comes to their scenic little town and Pis is separated from his parents. One day while he is looking for them, he has to go and can’t wait, so he pees all over the place. Both sides of the war can’t help but laugh, and soon the battle is over all thanks to Pis’ bladder. The story is definitely unique, and the illustrations are abstract and colorful. It might not be fully appropriate for really young children, but slightly older kids (maybe 5 and up) will get a kick out of it for sure.Taken from my blog:

  • Dulce
    2019-04-20 10:28

    Con ilustraciones que parecen realizadas por niños pequeños que harían pis donde sea, este cuento narra en realidad o una leyenda o una crónica (requiero más rigor histórico para realizar esta reseña como Dios manda).Un niño que por hacer pipí en público haya detenido un guerra suena inverosímil, pero así es la historia y la vida a veces por lo tanto decido creerla y anoto en mi lista: visitar el mannneken pis en Bruselas.

  • Deneene
    2019-04-22 18:23

    "Poor little boy, he was scared. He needed his mother and father.But more than that he needed ... to pee. He could not wait any more and ... he peed right there.Down onto the Booms and Bangs and Cling-Clangs he peed.He peed to the left,then to the right.Please forgive him. He was just a little boy."

  • Amy
    2019-04-20 13:24

    You gotta love a book about a boy who pees on war...apparently it is based on a story from brussels associated with the famous "peeing little boy" stature we've all seen. The pictures look like they're drawn by a little kid, so that was a drawback for me...overall one of a kind

  • Megan
    2019-03-31 11:20

    Someone (and I won't name names) ordered this for me as a joke. I finally read it. If you're looking for 5-minute read that's something a little different, you might want to try this strange little tale. I wish I could pee on the ridiculous war in Iraq and get the same results the boy did.

  • Kimberly
    2019-04-02 13:19

    I think it's neat that this is a true story but this book was a little too weird for me...and the illustrations are kind of headache-y.

  • jenna nims
    2019-04-08 12:11

    caroline could not stop laughing when we read this, and she kept saying "mom, i cant even stop laughing" it was very funny

  • Julia
    2019-04-04 11:20

    Hilarious and true story of the legend behind the peeing-boy statue.

  • Benjamin
    2019-03-30 17:08


  • Margaret
    2019-03-27 12:26

    about a preschool age childviolent image s (of the war)number one reason it's censored is because the front cover has a picture of a butt on it

  • Rachel
    2019-03-30 14:10

    A simple story about the futility of war, and based off a real statue in Brussels, Belgium. Apparently it's a true story.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-04-15 11:07

    The story of the legendary Belgian boy who made his own simple but brilliant protest against war.