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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 20 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival; Ltf edition (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060530898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060530891
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julie Markes lives with her husband, Eric Schine, and their two sons, Charlie and Nicholas, in Brooklyn, New York. Her books include Thanks For Thanksgiving; I Can't Talk Yet, But When I Do ...; Good Thing You're Not An Octopus!; Sidewalk 123; and Sidewalk.

In addition to illustrating the books about Mittens, Susan Kathleen Hartung has provided the art for numerous picture books, including One Leaf Rides the Wind by Celeste Davidson Mannis. She lives in Brooklyn, Michigan.

Customer Reviews

My 1 1/2 year old LOVES this book.
Even though he is potty trained, he still enjoys reading this book.
Jenna Cassidy
My son chooses to read this book every time he sits on the potty.

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160 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Maciels on July 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This first page on this book begins with, "Each little animal had made a poop. But where's the poop? Can you lift the flaps and the help the animal mommies and daddies find the poop?" Then on each page a mother or daddy asks the baby animal, for example, "Little elephant calf. Do you need to make a poop?" After the baby animal responds "No, I already did," your child lifts 3 flaps to discover the poop, always under the flap on the bottom right corner. On the last page, you see a little boy and his mother in a bathroom. The illustration shows his poop in the toilet once you lift the flap. We're just doing an intro to potty training at my house, but my 17 mo. old LOVES this book. For one thing, it is interactive and asks the reader to participate in the story! I really appreciate how this book removes the mystery of poop and makes it something natural all animals and people do. I wouldn't consider this book instructional-it doesn't show a child using the potty or anything, only the poop in the toilet once he's finished. Instead, this book is a great tool to help alleviate some of the fear of going poop in the toilet (doesn't show a potty chair). I am not too thrilled about the terminology "make a poop," but as with all toilet-training books, I've had to change various words to fit in with our terminology at home (We say 'go poo-poo'). One thing to know - this is a hardback, and while the pages are sturdy, they are not your typical board book pages so this probably won't be a book you'll want to leave laying around for your kiddo to play with independently. It just won't withstand being tossed around and stepped on like some of the more durable board books. Finally, I think any young potty-trainers can enjoy this book, but because it shows the toilet and not an actual potty chair, it may be slightly more suitable for older toddlers. Hope this helps!
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By M. Ross VINE VOICE on April 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is one of a raft of books that my wife and I got to prepare for potty training our daughter. It is a flip-up story book that allows the child to interact with the story and also serves to make him or her comfortable with the concept in general. The story follows different animals and asks the question 'where's the poop?' ending with a child on a potty thereby demonstrating where little girls' and boys' poop goes. It's really quite clever and works well as part of a general familiarity campaign with the whole concept.

Honestly, I struggled deciding whether to give this three or four stars. It is fun and clever, and my daughter liked it at first, but she tired of it fairly quickly. Unlike other books, there isn't much story to it; you find the poop for each animal, and you move on to the next one and that's it. Unlike stories, which my daughter never seems to tire of, this one didn't seem to hold her interest over time. Was the book useful? Yes, I think it was and I do like that it is interactive, allowing the child to see for him or herself where the poop is. As an instruction aid, however, I think it is limited as there is not enough narrative to hold the child's interest nor to explain the critical features that make up the whole potty training sequence, as some other books do very well - for both child and parent.

In the end (pun not intended) I do not regret getting this book, but it is probably one that I could have done without if I were to do this over. It is good, but not necessary, in my opinion. Every child is different, however, and I ultimately rated it three stars based on my child's reaction to it. Unlike some other books that combine a story for the child along with excellent reference and instruction material for the parents, this one is solely for the child.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By KSL on June 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My daughter is at the age right now where she's been interested in seeing her poop which I know is perfectly natural for her age and we are in the beginings of potty training.

This book is really neat, the animals are beautifully drawn and there are 3 flaps per animals. Two of the three flaps are of other things like animals and the poop is always in the same place bottom right hand corner of each page. Pretty soon your toddler will know exactly where to look. The poop is not graphically drawn but very tasteful. The last page shows a little boy telling his mama he pooped and there in the right hand corner is a potty. So, it does show that that animals and humans poop. Even the very last page is rather cute with a door that you open to see a young girl sitting on the potty reading the very book your reading this review about. Definately a good way to show your pre-potty training child that everyone poops and also where children should and one day will.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Stephens on July 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've been a child therapist for 30 years & have consulted with many parents on the difficulty with potty training. NOW I have custody of my three year old grandson. Peepeeing in the potty wasn't much of an issue but pooping in the potty was a different issue. It was met with "I don't want to." He even goes to a fantastic early education school that is great with potty training. As a therapist I was aware of many potty training books but not this one. However I read all the reviews on-line. My little one loves lift-the-flaps books and I knew that children learn better with hands on material. I decided to give it a try. The book arrived three weeks ago and we read it. He immediately wanted to go set on the potty and read the "poop book." INSTANT SUCCESS!!! For the first two weeks we had to read it each time he went to poop or he read it himself. (He memorized it the first day). BUY THE POOP BOOK, I give it a 100% rating.
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More About the Author

Julie Markes, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, has worked as a photographer for the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press. A former world traveler, she now finds her inspiration much closer to her home in New York City, where she lives with her husband, Eric Schine, and their sons, Charlie and Nicholas. Good Thing You're Not an Octopus! is her first book for children.

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