Format: Board book
Author and illustrator: Leslie Patricelli
Publisher: Candlewick (September 2010)
A good variety of books to keep a toddler sitting on the toilet or potty is one important key in the process of toilet training. Even better if you can find a bunch that will remind your child what the hell they’re supposed to be doing. And if they’re entertaining for you, all the better — ‘cuz you’re probably gonna be spending a lot of time in that bathroom. This upbeat, silly board book, told from the perspective of a toddler of ambiguous gender who isn’t sure what to do when it’s time to go, is a simple and exuberant introduction to the potty. Children will delight in watching their parents make the protagonist’s sounds of discomfort as s/he debates what to do — “OOH! MMMM! HAAA! EEEE!” — and will cheer as the victor accomplishes the task at hand. The final page displays an array of underwear in cheerful designs, and my two-year-old loves to look at each one and decide what pair would suit each character in the book. A great pick for anyone engaged in the thankless task that is potty training.