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on 23 May 2014
Although not stated, this is actually a shortened version of this story. (Which I had borrowed from a library.) Something that was very disappointing to discover and is the reason for the two star review.
It's not mentioned on the book or in the sales description that this is the case. I feel the publisher, Andersen Press, should be more transparent. It's not something I've encountered before as board book editions are, in my experience to date, usually complete just smaller.
When I contacted the publisher about my frustration they tried to justify their actions by saying "We find that our board books are usually enjoyed most by babies and the very youngest of children (who are perhaps not ready to move onto normal hardbacks or paperbacks) as their durability makes them ideal for this age-group. Often children at this age prefer a slightly shorter story, and we wanted this board book edition of 'Who's in the Loo?' to be appropriate for very small children, as well as children who are slightly older." Which doesn't explain why they hide the fact that it's abridged. It's deceptive in my view.
Rather than stating that it is a shortened version, they instead suggested that had I noticed the number of pages was fewer that I could have worked this out myself. This seemed absurd to me. It hadn't and wouldn't cross my mind to consider that an alternate print edition might be different in its content. I suspect others wouldn't either.
If you haven't experienced the full version of this fun story, then you may get on just fine with this. I felt duped. If you can, get the version with the CD of the story read by Stephen Mangan with sound effects. Brilliant.