Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews


Christine Ditchfield
Illustrator:  Rosalind Beardshaw 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Random House, 2009   ISBN: 978-0375841811

Babies sometimes have their own words for things, words that we can usually figure out after a while, but this baby has a word that she says all the time and it is a word that no one can translate. What on earth does “Shwatsit” mean?

Try as they might, the baby’s parents and siblings cannot figure out what “Shwatsit” means. It could be anything. It could mean “bus” or “Joe,” “brush” or “grass.” The baby says it all the time; when she is at home, when she is at the park, when she is following her mother around the house, and when she is saying goodbye to her brothers and sister when they get on the school bus.

In this charming picture book children will meet a “clever tot” who has developed a very unique word, a word that is very clear once you understand what it means.

With a rhyming text and a delightful and funny story, this is a perfect picture book to share with young children.