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Another high-volume trail of victories for the red, toothy, roaring two-or-so-year-old introduced in Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (2008). Stoutly denying any need to use the potty, Dinosaur "conquers" a pitcher of lemonade, a lawn sprinkler, a pool toy, puddles and even a three-juice-box lunch in succession, each time exclaiming, "Dinosaur wins! And doesn't need to use the potty!"—but when that victory dance suddenly turns into a "potty dance," can he hold it long enough to reach the toilet? Children who have felt the pressure themselves won't be able to turn the pages fast enough to see if he makes it...and he does, as the final (discreetly posed) scene and Dinosaur's blissful—and still spike-toothed—smile reveal. "Close one, Dinosaur! Real, real close." Largely printed in display type, the text is as punchy and emphatic as the big, simple illustrations. A shoo-in for storytime fave status and an excellent title to supplement the standard, more earnest potty-training fare. (Picture book. 3-5)
Posted January 20, 2011
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