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Potty (Leslie Patricelli board books) Board book – September 14, 2010
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PreS—Both books feature the same smiling, bald baby. In the first book, the toddler has to "go potty." Intimidated, the child investigates the cat's and dog's solutions. Several sound effects and wiggles later, the youngster gives the potty a shot with eventual success and accolades. In Tubby, muddy footprints and an obviously dirty child let readers know that it is bath time. The excited youngster has a grand time playing with bubbles and toys. These appealing books feature simple text, bright acrylic illustrations, and everyday situations that are certain to engage the very young.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
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About the Author
Leslie Patricelli is the creator of a series of best-selling board books starring her adorable bald baby. She is also the author-illustrator of two picture books about the Patterson Puppies as well as HIGHER! HIGHER!, a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Honor winner. She lives in Ketchum, Idaho.
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- A gender-less baby character (12 months to 24 months max)
- Child using a toddler potty (not the regular toilet)
- A naked baby with privates cleverly covered; one image of a bare butt (see pic)
- A dog and cat going potty outside and in cat box
- No actual poop or pee
- Baby running with toilet paper in celebration at the end (see pic)
The story, in a nutshell [I say he, but baby could easily be a girl]:
Baby has to go potty and wonders where he should go (in diaper or somewhere else). He asks where the animals go to the potty and sees where. He decides to try going on his toddler potty. You see a sequence of the steps (remove diaper, sit, read book, wait, wait more) before he succeeds ("Tinkle, tinkle, toot... I did it!"). He celebrates with his parents. Last page spread just depicts all kinds of underwear, presumably to help your little one can get excited about wearing them (boy and girl styles shown).
The book is adorable and I love the art. This book has short, simple sentences and clearly target the younger potty training crowd (definitely for under 2, though older toddlers may still enjoy). I'll working on potty training soon (hopefully around 18 months) so I really appreciate a young character. I don't see my son relating as well to preschool age book characters. We are reading this now, ahead of time to familiarize him with the concepts and he loves this one. I wish the baby in the book asked where his parents go potty and not just the pets. Though parents are easier to make a direct relation to, the plot does allow conversations about everyone/thing having a place where they go potty, and baby's place is on the little potty. Since we have dogs, that may help.
I'll be reviewing every potty training book I can get my hands on in the near future as I find the ones I like best so stay tuned!
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Great rhyming and pace -- good sense of humor
Very much can be for girl or boy -- TOTALLY GENDER neutral which we LOVE.
Easy to read and understand
The naked baby's front parts are never shown (bare butt is) so gender neutral.
Would make a lovely gift.
Good luck to all with the POTTY training.
Some other good ideas are stickers as rewards and special undies that the child wants to try to wear.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND POTTY book
He loves reading the book just before potty time - which gets him ready for what is coming next. I also show him his special undies that are waiting for him once he is officially trained. He loves the Thomas the Train and the Cars characters, so those are the ones we have. There is a page in the book that shows the reward of big-boy (or girl) undies, so he is really looking forward to it. I've included a couple of photos his favorite pages..