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Potty Animals by Hope Vestergaard ill. by Valeria PetronePotty Animals by Hope Vestergaard Illustrated by Valeria Petrone

Published by Sterling Publishing

Pages: 32

Ages: 4 and up

Publishers Summary: Meet Wilbur, who won’t wash his hands after going potty. Wilma, who waits too long…and sometimes doesn’t make it in time.  And Freddie, who’s afraid to flush. These are just a few of the preschool animals who need a little help with their bathroom etiquette!   With wit and good humor, Hope Vestergaard presents a unique “toilet basics” guide for toddlers.  It covers everything from lifting the seat and closing the door to planning ahead when you’re on a trip.  All told in cheerful rhyme, with hilarious illustrations, it’s a fun way to handle a serious subject.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Oh no! He forgot to zip his zipper! And look…mom? You’re not supposed to use a tree, are you? And that girl piggie, she waited too long…oops! I do that a lot, so I can understand.

“This is such a funny book and there’s even toilet paper all over it! It’s great too because there’s even a guy who reads a book while he goes potty and I always do that. The best though is the stinky part, so so funny! I really like this book, I always laugh even when I just see it on the shelf. It’s going to help so much when I am better at using the potty, I just know it because I will already know all the things I’m not supposed to do and do the right things.”

Mom’s Two Cents: “The Turkeybird has been on a roll this week and so I thought why not keep it going with another laugh-a-minute book? Potty Animals is hilarious! As a parent with little kids trying to learn to use the potty it just doesn’t get more comical than this and for the kiddos it’s just fun. You name it, it’s in Potty Animals, and the byline says it all: ‘What to Know When You’ve Gotta Go!’.

“Initially I picked up Potty Animals after seeing the book trailer I added below. The second reason had everything to do with The Turkeybird’s absolute lack of interest in using the potty and at this point, we read just about everything about the potty we can together. It’s definitely not a ‘potty training’ book, but more of a manners book once you’ve used the potty. And although it doesn’t focus on the beginning training aspect of using the potty, it has gotten The Turkeybird more interested. I’ll spare you the details, but after reading this book he’s definitely more excited about trying out the potty.

Potty Animals is the perfect book to get kiddos excited and interested in using the potty and wonderful for potty ‘veterans’ who may have some quirks they need to work on. Parents will most definitely love this book just as much as their kiddos (if not more), because the humor is so great and not at all crude. Vestergaard’s story and Petrone’s illustrations make this the potty book you want to read with your kiddos. A must for parents with kiddos in this often times difficult stage of life, not only to help the kiddos, but to give the parents a much needed chuckle.”

Hope also has an entire page on her site dedicated to Activity Guides for all sorts of different children’s books. Check it out and get involved in reading with your little one in more ways than just sitting on the couch together!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 and up. Any child who is beginning to potty train will love this story with simple situations every child is bound to encounter.

For the Comments: Have a funny potty training story you’d like to share? It doesn’t even have to be about your own kiddos…maybe just your “friend’s kiddos”.

This book was purchased for our home library.
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8 Responses to Potty Animals by Hope Vestergaard Illustrated by Valeria Petrone

  1. Mardel says:

    That Potty book looks great. We just helped out with my granddaughter’s potty training. I used M&M’s. Totally works. Or Skittles.

    I’m passing on an award to you here

    I love that I can get ideas for kid books from your blog. 🙂

    • Oh, yes! I had almost forgotten about the M&M’s trick, it does do a pretty good job, doesn’t it?

      Thanks so much for the award, I’ll be stopping by soon! And I’m so happy to help! Enjoy!

  2. Adorable review. Sounds like a cute one.

  3. NotNessie says:

    Lol! Yet another review that makes me want to break out the credit card. Keep ’em coming!
    .-= NotNessie´s last blog ..New Arrivals! May 23, 2010 =-.

    • You crack me up! I’m glad (well, maybe that’s the wrong word) that I could deplete your current available credit by adding to your library! :o) Thank you so much!

  4. carol says:

    This sounds adorable. I remember my daughter was not really interested in the potty, either, but then like a lightbulb went off or something.

    • It’s funny how it works that way! I really think it’s up to them, and once they decide it’s a done deal. I just wish they would do it a little sooner sometimes. 🙂

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