- Age Range: 1 - 2 years
- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; English Language edition (May 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764152327
- ISBN-13: 978-0764152320
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 6.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 606 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is fine, and I can see why it appeals to some families., but I'm not a fan. I think it's probably better for older kids with more grasp of language who just need to see more of the process while learning.
The "plot" is overly complicated. There's a lot about what the new present could be, having accidents (because for some reason this potty-training child's parent are not letting him wear a pull up diaper), calling grandma, how his diaper fits well etc. I end up just skipping a bunch of pages because my 18 month doesn't need all that.
And despite all that, it's really ambiguous as to what's actually happening. He is just excited about his potty after looking at it.
It also bothers me that the rhyming doesn't quite flow. Rhymes for kids are a great learning tool, but the writing feels forced and disjointed and doesn't get into a smooth rhythm.
So how is it different from its competitor "Potty"? "Potty" is better for younger kids. The character is a non-gendered baby rather than an older kid. There are very few words, so my son and I just talk and laugh about what's going on in each page. We have pets, so seeing what cat and dog do differently is actually pretty helpful. And he gets really excited with the "tinkle, tinkle, toot" sound effects. Basically, he thinks "The Potty Book" is a nice story like lots of his stories, but when we're done reading "Potty", he often drags me off to the bathroom to try his potty as part of the game.
Another thing I tried was setting him backwards on the toilet with a dry erase marker. Very useful.
10/10 would buy again, but only works if you put in the time with your kid to read it to them and praise them when they try. PSYCHOLOGY
The Potty Book for Boys tells the story of a little boy named Henry who starts showing interest in using the potty. He tells us his daily routine, which includes getting his diaper changed, and he wonders if he should use the potty instead. The story continues on to show that he learns about going on the potty with some accidents along the way. The entire book is read in a sing-song rhyming manner. The book is 32 pages long, has colorful pictures and is printed on thick, glossy paper. It is a hardcover book and measures 6 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches.
For the most part, my son liked this book and out of the five total we bought this one and the Potty Book for Girls were the two books my twins asked for the most. As a former English major, I had some issues with the grammar in a couple of spots, particularly towards the end when it says "like me and Teddy do." To me, that is like nails on a chalkboard even if it is phrased as such to keep it flowing smoothly. The other thing that perplexed me (and this could just be me) is after Henry learns to go on the potty, he says he can "run and jump and play." Maybe I'm being too picky but I know my kids did those things while wearing diapers. I'm just glad this book seemed to interest my son for the few months he wanted to look at it.
Overall, both my son and I liked this book and it was the favorite out of the five we purchased. The illustrations are cute and the book gives the basics about potty training. My son looked at it for a few months and afterwards, he hadn't used the potty much at all so I don't feel this book helped too much. I'd say he hasn't even looked at this book in six months and he learned more from practicing and us helping him than reading a book. Still, if you are looking for a book for your little boy, it was the one my son liked the most and the price is just right. I haven't found any that we loved but this one is decent.
I decided not to hold it against the book that her favorite part of the book is where Henry says "Woops, I am too late!" ... oy vey... wish me luck.
It's a cute book, I'm happy with my purchase! :-D