PreSchool-Good toilet training books seem as scarce as a clean public restroom in Times Square, and, unfortunately, this book won't alleviate the problem. A parade of needy children is joined by a group of wise mice that guides the youngsters to the bathroom and back. Encouraging phrases will assist reluctant children: "Don't Panic! Don't Fret! And please don't ignore it! Now is your chance to show how BIG you are!" Reminders to use toilet paper, flush, and wash hands are included. A final message reassures, "Don't worry if you don't get it right the first time-you'll get another chance." The book's benefits are overshadowed by the busy and possibly confusing illustrations. Large, bold type is set word by word into flags, banners, and signs held by the small creatures. When one child arrives in the bathroom, the toilet lid is covered with a well-meaning but unfortunately placed mouse band. While libraries will be able to work around the chart on the inside of the dustjacket and the page of (unattached) stickers that will allow children to record their successes, these features make the book most useful for home libraries.
Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT
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PreS. This good-natured book, by the author of Don't Let the Pigeons Drive the Bus [BKL S 1 03], uses just the right tack for kids who theoretically understand toilet use, but still have misgivings about it in practice. Potty trainees will delight in reviewing bathroom procedures alongside a cast of worried-looking boys and girls and a pep squad of encouraging mice. Willems again demonstrates a genius for spare but expressive lines and an almost uncanny rapport with the preschool audience. The plainspoken text, which appears in placards raised cheerleader-style by the mice, offers pithy instructions ("Boys can stand. Girls should sit") and assurances ("It won't take long") that get right at the heart of kids' concerns. There's no real story, and true to its title, the book deals only with one bodily function. But, never mind; it will still go a long way toward easing the anxiety surrounding this developmental hurdle. Each copy comes with a chart on the flip side of the book jacket and reward stickers for home use, but don't let that stop you from putting it on the library shelf. Jennifer Mattson
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my 2 1/2 years old (boy girl) twins are liking it (but this is not the go to book), they are preferring simple drawing/cartoons on the pages at this age.Published 9 days ago by mimi521
I read some positive and negative reviews before purchasing this book. My son is 2 yrs + 3 months and we are trying to start the potty training process. Read morePublished 1 month ago by bFranj
My 2 year old son loves the illustration and simple read. We taped the weekly chart that comes with the book on the bathroom wall and I hand out stickers of his choice when he... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elaine Mayfield
helped my granddaughter understand the process of going to the bathroom and associate it with the urge.Published 7 months ago by Nancy Skinner
My 2 year old loved this book and the sticker chart! Helped us a lot!!!Published 8 months ago by EKH
I loved this more than my daughter did but she came around and brings it to me almost every day. She is 18 months and has been a really good potty trainer. Read morePublished 9 months ago by hailey lamb
A little humorous look at what happens in the bathroom. My daughter asked for it again and again. I think it helped solidify some of the routine of potty training. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sjutter-mommy
THIS BOOK WAS FANTASTIC. IT WAS SO GREAT TO LEARN ABOUT PEEING AND URINE ESPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO HAVE URINATION ISSUES!!! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Isabella D
Ugh, what a tedious book. The illustrations are fairly cute, though the children look like bad copies of Peanuts kids and one starts to wonder why this house is so infested with... Read morePublished 15 months ago by austex