To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 19, 2019
I was really excited to read this to my kids, because I've been trying to teach them the lesson of taking responsibility for their own mistakes, and thought this would be a really fun & silly way to discuss it with them. And it was, for most of the book. It was really cute. But the conclusion was a huge let-down. This teaches the absolute wrong lesson.
****WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!!!**** My kids laughed like crazy when Reuben drank LEMONADE! And then he walked by a WATERFALL (hahaha! That's like...I don't know if I'm allowed to say in Amazon reviews... but... you know!). And then, he FELL ASLEEP, with his HAND IN THE FISHBOWL! (After which you can see his wet pants.)
Besides, not wanting to teach them about the "put a sleeping person's hand in warm water" trick yet, everything was great. And then... then Reuben figures out that it wasn't any of his friends. It was...
His pants. His pants sprung a leak. The end. Fin.
Okay, now look. This is the exact OPPOSITE of the lesson I want to teach my kids. This isn't accepting responsibility. This is just no longer blaming people who should not be blamed. It's now blaming *things* that should not be blamed.
His friends all know what happened. They say as much. They know he had an accident, and they all say they love him anyway. He needs to take ownership of his actions (he shouldn't have guzzled the pitcher of lemonade, he should have gone to the bathroom before taking a nap, he shouldn't have left his hand in the fish tank, he SHOULDN'T have accused his friends).
Long story short, I regret reading this to my kids, and I hope they didn't learn the lesson that this book taught.
1.0 out of 5 starsHad an opportunity to teach a powerful lesson, but completely misses the mark.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 21, 2019
The ending ruined this book for me. When Reuben realizes his pants are wet, he starts blaming every member of his scout troop, and he isn’t nice when he’s blaming them. His troop is depicted as very kind and understanding against all his accusations. The illustrations are fun and have lots of great detail. My problem with the book is that Reuben never comes to terms with the truth that it was him, and he doesn’t take any responsibility for his false accusations of his friends. There was a missed opportunity to make this book awesome by showing Reuben process all the emotions that a child feels in an embarrassing situation and have some accountability in making amends to all his friends he lashed out at. Instead, this book ends with him blaming his pants.
1.0 out of 5 starsI couldn't even finish it! Spoilers in review.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 24, 2019
I read a lot, by a lot I mean I won a contest in high school for pages read by triple the total pages read by all the other contestants.
I read to my kids daily - we typically read 3-4 books and we read new books daily as well as some of their favorites.
This book "Who Wet My Pants?" is a book about a bear with wet pants who blames other people and blames his friends - but even goes as far as to ridicule his friends. The friends try to be supportive of the situation and say accidents happen but the bear just isn't having it. The ending - well this is the worst of it as it never shows acceptance as the bear just blames the pants for being leaky. YES, HE BLAMED THE PANTS AND THAT IS HOW THE BOOK ENDS!!! I found no forgiveness from the bear just anger, embarrassment and blame.
This book had great potential, but it failed quiet miserably.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 3, 2019
This story is terrible and does not teach any sort of morality, the bear never takes responsibility for his actions and accuses his friends and authority figures of what he himself did. By telling his friends he would forgive them if they did do it does nothing for the story just teaches children to throw a tantrum and accuse others of what they know they did themselves to avoid taking responsibility for their own actions. I will never allow my child to read this book and I advise other parents to avoid it as well. Also, many of the phrases are not easy for children to understand, and the attempt at humor falls flat.