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Potty Poo-Poo Wee-Wee! Hardcover – June 14, 2005
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From School Library Journal
PreS–Littlesaurus refuses to use his potty. His standard reply to the adult dinosaurs is Potty Poo-Poo Wee-Wee!' He repeats this phrase on every spread. Then Grannysaurus tells him that his father behaved the same way when he was the same age. Finally, when Littlesaurus decides to use his potty, the adults shout, Potty Poo-Poo Wee-Wee!' This book attempts to use bathroom humor to get across the message about toilet training. However, with a steaming pile of poo on most spreads, this is a confusing message for toddlers. There is not much to reassure a young child learning about toileting habits. The illustrations are bright and colorful, and many varieties of dinosaurs are shown to be part of Littlesaurus's family. Fred Rogers's Going to the Potty (Putnam, 1986) or Joanna Cole's My Big Girl Potty and My Big Boy Potty (both HarperCollins, 2000) all give a realistic approach to toileting and are more help for a parent and child going through this passage of life.–Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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PreS. If you need a book that incessantly repeats the words poo-poo and wee-wee, this is it. Of course, that is exactly what children will do, especially if they sense that it annoys their elders. Here the child is a dinosaur, whose aversion to the potty is evidenced by the piles and puddles that dot the pages. Whenever Littlesaurus spouts the words, he is told they're rude. Meanwhile, he is using the potty to carry rocks and make sand castles. It's not until Daddysaurus says he doesn't care if Littlesaurus NEVER uses the potty that his son does just that. It's hard to know if children will take the hint or just use this as an excuse to yell "Wee-wee" at the top of their lungs. Surely, clever McNaughton could have found a way to put a bit more story into what is now just a situation. The art is also simplistic. The polka-dot dinosaurs are from the goofy genus, so their looks will appeal to little ones even when they're trying to look fierce. If nothing else, this will start talk about potty training. Ilene Cooper
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Top customer reviews
I also love it that the teacher and sister say things like, he will come along in his own time and don't make a fuss about it. I didn't like what the neighbor had to say, but then again, I think this book highlights the range of things people might say, and even the icky ones can provide an opportunity to say, wow, that wasn't very nice. I saw the people yelling the phrase at the end as more like excited acknowledgement. But then absolutely loved that Littlesaurus had the spunk to call them on it! Oh, and the dino names in the book are also very funny.
Anyway Love the book and I am looking to buy!!!! It is the ONLY book I found to get him interested in poo poo and pee pee going anywere but in his diaper. :)