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Time to Pee! Hardcover – September 8, 2003

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PreSchool-Good toilet training books seem as scarce as a clean public restroom in Times Square, and, unfortunately, this book won't alleviate the problem. A parade of needy children is joined by a group of wise mice that guides the youngsters to the bathroom and back. Encouraging phrases will assist reluctant children: "Don't Panic! Don't Fret! And please don't ignore it! Now is your chance to show how BIG you are!" Reminders to use toilet paper, flush, and wash hands are included. A final message reassures, "Don't worry if you don't get it right the first time-you'll get another chance." The book's benefits are overshadowed by the busy and possibly confusing illustrations. Large, bold type is set word by word into flags, banners, and signs held by the small creatures. When one child arrives in the bathroom, the toilet lid is covered with a well-meaning but unfortunately placed mouse band. While libraries will be able to work around the chart on the inside of the dustjacket and the page of (unattached) stickers that will allow children to record their successes, these features make the book most useful for home libraries.
Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT
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PreS. This good-natured book, by the author of Don't Let the Pigeons Drive the Bus [BKL S 1 03], uses just the right tack for kids who theoretically understand toilet use, but still have misgivings about it in practice. Potty trainees will delight in reviewing bathroom procedures alongside a cast of worried-looking boys and girls and a pep squad of encouraging mice. Willems again demonstrates a genius for spare but expressive lines and an almost uncanny rapport with the preschool audience. The plainspoken text, which appears in placards raised cheerleader-style by the mice, offers pithy instructions ("Boys can stand. Girls should sit") and assurances ("It won't take long") that get right at the heart of kids' concerns. There's no real story, and true to its title, the book deals only with one bodily function. But, never mind; it will still go a long way toward easing the anxiety surrounding this developmental hurdle. Each copy comes with a chart on the flip side of the book jacket and reward stickers for home use, but don't let that stop you from putting it on the library shelf. Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1st edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786818689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786818686
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Before he wowed the world with not-very-scary monsters and before the term "knuffle bunny" entered the American lexicon, Mo Willems began his career with two almost simultaneous picture books. The first of these was the incredibly popular and award winning, "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus". The other was the far more instructional, "Time To Pee". Obviously Mr. Willems must have understood that there is a significant gap in quality toilet training picture books out there. Though suspiciously similar in some ways to "Ten Minutes To Bedtime" by Peggy Rathmann, the book is an effective helpmate to those parents facing the inevitable toddler v. toilet battles to come.

The book is a sort of instructional guide for kids. A countless multitude of endlessly helpful mice hold up banners, signs, printed parachutes, etc. to tell kids exactly what to do when they get, "that funny feeling". Children are told not to panic and that this is the perfect time to show their maturity. Just go to the bathroom and follow some simple steps. Lift the lid (good thinking there!), remove underwear, sit or stand, use toilet paper afterwards, flush (again, good thinking), and wash your hands. That done you can continue with whatever it was you were doing. "At least, until you get that feeling again...". A small mouse positioned next a suspiciously yellow puddle holds a sign that reads, "P.S. Don't worry if you don't get it right the firest time - you'll get another chance".

What a relief (ho ho) this book is after all the other awful potty training books out there. I won't name them by name. They know who they are. It's fun to see exactly what the objections to this book have been over the years.
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We're using this book during a potty training marathon with our rather willful 2-year old. It has helped him put words to the positive feeling he gets when he succeeds ("I feel proud", he says, beaming.) The text is presented in a fun way, in the form of celebratory signs and banners paraded by supportive mice. His older brother enjoys sounding out the words, so it's nice to have a book they both can enjoy. I haven't used the stickers and chart yet (he's not to that stage yet) but I remember hand-making something similar for his older brother when we were working on consistency -- it worked like a champ!
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As a professional Child Counselor, I recommend this book and own it. The reason for this book, is to teach children how to use the restroom in a polite way. Eating, sleeping, and using the bathroom are learned behaviors.
The author writes very simplistic, and the pictures are eye-catching. Wonderful book
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This is the only book that worked for us. Our daughter was interested in the potty at about 2 years old, but I couldn't find any book that was for boys and girls (not just one or the other), that wasn't too detailed about how boys and girls are different, and one that didn't talk about a potty chair (we didn't want to use a potty chair is she wasn't afraid of the big toilet - we had a small house with limited space and couldn't take a real potty chair on the road). This fit the bill and to top it off, it was written in a way that was easy for both of us to remember...by the time we had read it a few times, she could say most of the words (even thought she wanted me there to read it). very cute. the sticker chart didn't work great at first, but when we were training on #2, we used it for successful number 2's in the potty and not the pull-up. After X number of #2's in the potty, she got an (inexpensive) barbie (b/c food/candy didn't matter to her).
I hope it works for my 2nd daughter (she's only 1, so time will tell).
Thank you Mo Williams!
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My daughter's daycare had this book and I saw how much she loved reading it so we bought one for home, too. It was great while she was potty training. We talked about the messaging on each page and what was happening. The illustrations are really cute (we like to joke about how the mice are having a party on the potty) and the copy is fun and real world. It does come with cute stickers and a chart but she was never into them.

The cool thing is now that she's interested in reading, we're using it to learn how to spell words. They're mostly pretty short and the boxes around each one help separate them so they're easier to read. She just turned 3 so simplicity is key. Plus, it reinforces the potty training message and anything that helps keep her potty trained is a good thing!
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I read some positive and negative reviews before purchasing this book. My son is 2 yrs + 3 months and we are trying to start the potty training process. While we haven't made it to the stages of using the potty, my son LOVES this book! While I thought it was a bit silly and too basic, he requests to read this every night at bedtime. I try to make references during the day "when you get that funny feeling" so he starts putting everything together. We even talk about using the stickers once he starts using the actual potty. I would recommend this book as it's a cute story that my son obviously likes, but I wouldn't say that it has worked any miracles... yet!
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