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Children's Fiction Humorous

Gotta Go!

TOON Level 2

by (author) Frank Viva

Astra Publishing House
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Humorous, Multigenerational, Humorous Stories
Recommended Age
5 to 7
Recommended Grade
k to 2
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
    List Price

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Will Owen be left high and dry?

Owen should have listened but instead he’s now squirming: he’s just gotta go! Luckily for him, Mom and grampa are there to offer advice and show him silly tricks that can help flush the urge away. FRANK VIVA, the acclaimed designer and author of A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse and Young Frank, Architect, doesn't mind getting his feet wet as he dives into what can be a scary topic for children and turns it into a hilarious and liberating romp.

About the author

FRANK VIVA is managing director and founding partner of Viva & CO., an independent branding and design agency that has created award-winning work for companies such as Le Creuset, MoMA, and Butterfield & Robinson. He is a frequent cover artist for

The New Yorker

magazine and his first book,

Along a Long Road

, was a bestseller and a

New York Times

10 Best Illustrated Children’s Book selection. His fourth book,

Young Frank, Architect

, was the first picture book ever created for The Museum of Modern Art’s publications department and was translated into seven languages. He lives in Toronto with his family.

Frank Viva's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“Something of a mini-masterpiece, the sort of thing that both you and your children will adore...the perfect book for those kids having trouble holding it in…a truly endearing and funny way to turn worries into giggles.” -- Comicon
“Certain to resonate with young readers." -- Publishers Weekly
Selected as one of 6 Big Indie Books for Fall for Youth by Publishers Weekly
"Wry, cool and spot-on….Charming… A perfect suggestion for read-alouds or one-on-one reading….A kid-friendly early reader graphic novel that hits all the right notes. You Gotta Go purchase for early elementary shelves.” - School Library Journal STARRED review

"I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this! Frank Viva is a cool artist." -- Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse #8 Production, School Library

Selected for Publishers Weekly’s Early Reader Spotlight

Selected as one of 10 titles featured in Kirkus Reviews' "Most Anticipated Picture Books Preview: "Another reminder of the importance of family….hilarious dances…a charming graphic novel for the youngest set.” — Kirkus Reviews
One of the 150 Most Anticipated Fall Books: "Funny—and comically instructive.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Frank Viva’s Gotta Go! Holds The Secrets For When You Need To Pee. Kids are always going to need to use the bathroom at inconvenient times. However, Frank Viva’s Gotta Go! makes those moments easier for everyone involved by teaching kids the tools to ignore the urge through a fun package that’s easy to read.” — How To Love Comics

"In this rollicking and appropriately goldenrod-washed comic, Viva assures readers that no one ever outgrows needing to go." — Publishers Weekly

“Frank Viva is always fresh and funny. Not talking down to anyone. A kind and whimsical spirit. One of a kind.” Maira Kalman

"This entertaining tale with all its squirmy, wiggly physical humor, marked by Viva's sleek, styled illustrations, also includes practical tips for children who have to go but aren't in a place in which to do so." — Horn Book

“A hilarious and liberating romp….Unreservedly recommended.” — Midwest Book Review

“A lot of fun! I keep track of as many books as I can on this topic … a great fit for older kids…helpful and humorous and normalizes things that can be really embarrassing. The illustrations are great, as is the grandad/grandson relationship.” MD, Educator, University of Maine

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