The Toilet Kid, by Pat Flynn

Perhaps she’s looking for me, wanting to kiss my fat lips.
Just as I’m about to walk out and meet her she bends over.
Aww, that’s disgusting! She’s just chucked up her breakfast.

Matt’s life is looking up. He’s fitter, he’s lost weight – and he has a girlfriend – the beautiful Kayla. But Kayla is acting strangely, and it soon becomes apparent that Matt isn’t the only kid with issues about food. Skinny, healthy Kayla has issues of her own – and if Matt is to help her, she might not like him any more.

The Toilet Kid is a sequel to the award-winning The Tuckshop Kid and, like its prequel, combines humour with an exploration of serious issues. Whilst Tuckshop Kid focussed on Matt’s unhealthy over eating and bad eating habits, the chief focus of The Toilet Kid is the issue of bulimia and body image.

Aimed at upper primary aged readers, the story is light-hearted and short enough to be accessible to even reluctant readers, with illustrative support and the use of notebook entries adding interest.

The Toilet Kid

The Toilet Kid, by Pat Flynn
UQP, 2009

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