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The Saddest Toilet in the World Hardcover – June 7, 2016
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One of the most creative toilet-training stories ever to make it to print. Danny, like many toddlers before him, is reluctant to touch his tush to the toilet. Understandably wounded by this flagrant rejection, despite Danny’s mother’s assurances, the toilet decides to pack up its things and disappear into the night. When Danny realizes that his throne is gone, he sets out to find it and promises to finally give it a try. Ricks’s hilarious cartoon artwork plays up the humor of a traveling toilet. The final scene shows the triumphant family, toilet in tow, going for a celebratory ride in a roller-coaster car labeled “#2.” (School Library Journal)
A "laugh-out-loud respite from charts, rewards, and accidents. ...Reluctant potty-goers might be encouraged to hit the head after this ridiculous adventure." (Horn Book June 20, 2016)
One of the most creative toilet-training stories ever to make it to print. ... Bizarre enough to work its magic. (School Library Journal June 1, 2016)
A mashup of toilet humor and self-esteem lit that’s as lemony fresh as a newly scrubbed bowl. (Publisher's Weekly March 28, 2016)
A hilarious story of toilet training that will make you laugh out loud! (Houston Family Magazine June, 2016)
About the Author
Sam Apple teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of American Parent and Schlepping Through the Alps. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Financial Times Magazine, and the NewYorker.com, among many other publications. A native Texan, Apple now lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children: Isaac, Lila, and Nina.
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Face it, I'm not the target audience for this book. For the first 4-5 pages I was not impressed. I didn't roll my eyes, but I thought about it. My kids are potty trained. I'm potty trained. Do I really need to...wait, he runs away? Ok, you got me. He wears a scarf and hat? Bwahaha! He goes on the subway? Yeah, I'm finishing this one. The illustrations really add to the fun, too. I'm going to be seeing cute little "smiles" in my toilet lids now for a long time.
The book tells the story of a sad toilet who is unhappy because little Danny won't sit on him. The toilet eventually runs away from home and right around this time Danny decides he is ready to sit on the toilet and now they have to go and find their missing "family member" so that the little boy can tell the toilet he's ready to sit on him and do his business.
My biggest problem with the book, which is reasonably well written and illustrated, is that it perpetuates this idea that children are eventually "ready" to sit on a toilet and do their business. In the book little Danny appears to be about 4-5 years old. The ideal time to train a child for using the potty is about 20-30 months old. For parents that want real potty training advice pick up the excellent "Oh Crap! Potty Training" by Jamie Glowacki which has actual useful information about succeeding at potty training.
If you want a lighthearted book that might entertain your younger child while they are sitting on the potty, this book is not bad (although the story just weirds me out and I don't like reading it to him).... definitely though don't buy it thinking it's actually going to help you with potty training advice.