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Manneken Pis: A Simple Story of a Boy Who Peed on a War

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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.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Atheneum Books
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Kristen Mcchesney
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 ...more
Dolly
Aug 22, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
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
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Lauren
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.
Kate
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
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Kim
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.
Edward Sullivan
The story of the legendary Belgian boy who made his own simple but brilliant protest against war.
Deneene
"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."
Megan
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.
Amy
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
Margaret
about a preschool age child
violent 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
A simple story about the futility of war, and based off a real statue in Brussels, Belgium. Apparently it's a true story.
jenna nims
caroline could not stop laughing when we read this, and she kept saying "mom, i cant even stop laughing" it was very funny
Julia
Hilarious and true story of the legend behind the peeing-boy statue.
Benjamin
Tee-hee!
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