For the parent-toddler team about to embark on the next developmental milestone comes a new toilet-training tale destined to find a permanent place in a child's library. Ford (First Snow) and Williams (Tumble Me Tumbily) tackle this oftentimes tired theme with a freshness apparent in both the language and the artwork. Ford clearly understands that children learn by imitation: Ducky decidedly gives up her diapers when her friend Piggy cannot play because he's too busy in the bathroom (and Ducky's own diapers are wet). Both the text and the characters are straightforward ("I can't come out now... I am sitting on the potty!"). Because the story reads so effortlessly, it aptly reinforces the idea of graduating from diapers: it's just simply something one learns to do. Many of Williams's endearing images earn full-page attention, but the illustration of Piggy reading atop the potty, his pants laying crumpled on the floor and his curlicue tail front and center, will be a surefire favorite. In an age of hyper-parenting, this entertaining tale that teaches by example will be welcomed by adults and youngsters alike. Ages 2-4. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Monica Irwin and Marilyn Courtot
Ducky goes to his friend Piggy's house to play. But Piggy won't come out of the bathroom. He is on the potty. Ducky still wears a diaper, so he plays in Piggy's room. But when Ducky's diaper gets cold and wet, he takes off the diaper and kicks it across the room. Then he makes Piggy come out of the bathroom so that he can use the potty, too. This brightly-illustrated story will appeal to children who are in the process of being potty-trained or who have just discovered that skill. Parents will like the book because it shows how "grown-up" and "fun" using the potty can be. There is also a lesson in hygiene, as attention is given to handwashing before opening the door once off the potty. Originally a larger format book, this new board book edition is just the right size for potty sitting and is probably more appropriate for its intended audience. Reviewer: Monica Irwin and Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Ducky knocks on Piggy's door wanting to play, but Piggy is busy sitting on the potty. So Ducky waits. She plays with Piggy's toys and reads his books, but still he's not ready. Then she notices her own diaper. "It feels cold. It feels wet." She kicks it off and declares, "No more diapers for Ducky!" The book ends with the porker waiting to play while his friend sits on the potty. Both text and illustrations are simple and endearing. The message is clear, yet subtle: learning to use the potty takes time, commitment, and willingness on the part of a child. The interaction between these toddlers and their implicit support of one another is charming. The dynamic characters, done in thick charcoal outlines and watercolor, are set against a white background. Details are kept to a minimum-a ball, some blocks, a few board books-allowing for a focused presentation of a highly charged time of life. This title is simpler and more relaxed than many others on the subject.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
Praise for No More Diapers for Ducky!
* “[D]estined to find a permanent place in a child's library. Ford and Williams tackle this … theme with a freshness apparent in both the language and the artwork … This entertaining tale that teaches by example will be welcomed by adults and youngsters alike.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“… sends a valuable message about children approaching big transitions on their own terms, and the book's airy design; brief, oversize text; and droll watercolors … are right on target.” Booklist