Potty Animals: What to Know When You've Gotta Go!
  • Potty Animals: What to Know When You've Gotta Go!
  • Potty Animals: What to Know When You've Gotta Go!
  • Potty Animals: What to Know When You've Gotta Go!
  • Potty Animals: What to Know When You've Gotta Go!
  • Potty Animals: What to Know When You've Gotta Go!
  • Potty Animals: What to Know When You've Gotta Go!
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Potty Animals: What to Know When You've Gotta Go!

by Hope Vestergaard, Valeria Petrone
     
 

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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

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Overview

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.

PLAN AHEAD! DON’T WAIT TOO LONG! GO POTTY BEFORE YOU SLEEP! EXCUSE YOURSELF! KNOCK FIRST! BE SURE TO LIFT UP THE SEAT!

CLOSE THE DOOR! DON’T LOLLYGAG! NEVER FORGET TO WIPE!

WASH YOUR HANDS! ZIP AND FLUSH! ALWAYS TURN OUT THE LIGHT!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K—"Most critters are quite tidy:/a clean and pleasant lot./But now and then you'll meet a few/young beasties who are not." So begins this humorous guide that addresses checking one's zipper, washing hands with soap, lifting the toilet seat, and remembering to flush. All of these rules are taught in a preschool setting, with animal characters. The rhyming text is humorous without being silly, and gives some important instruction. At the end of each description of a given problem, there is a reminder of the correct behavior in a larger font ("Stanley, use the toilet!"). There isn't really a gross-out factor with this book—all of the behaviors and descriptions are appropriate for the audience. The funny situations will make for uproarious reading. The animal characters are endearing and friendly, with slightly exaggerated tails, ears, and noses. Potty Animals is a practical yet fun addition.—Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
Publishers Weekly
Petrone's cheery digital characters and Vestergaard's decorous yet humorous rhymes invite readers to help civilize the bathroom habits of some uncouth preschool-age animals. Each exhibits a different undesirable trait (a bear, Georgie, “didn't like to wipe./ He got an itchy feeling/ that made him groan and gripe”), which is followed by a clear-cut rule (“Wipe every time, Georgie!”). Vestergaard's rhymes are a weak point; they can meander and even confuse as they stretch to make the meter work. Readers may well recognize and empathize with the animals' bad behavior: forgetting to use soap, public farting, not knocking before entering, and failing to flush. Petrone's wide-eyed cartoon animals capture a broad spectrum of toddler emotions, from the blissful daydreaming of Helga the duck, who holds up the line with her lollygagging, to the embarrassment of Sukey the raccoon, who, at a slumber party, awakens from a dream about “floating down a stream” to discover “it's not a dream”—every kid's nightmare. Ages 3–6. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
Unruly critters from Sycamore Preschool learn bathroom etiquette in this wry tale. Rambunctious rhymes delineate the offenses of an assortment of forgetful creatures. From Benji the barger, who fails to knock before entering, to Georgie's aversion to wiping, all aspects of potty-training fundamentals are covered. Standard rhymes in an abcb pattern divided between each two-page spread outline commonplace infractions and are concluded with an exuberantly delivered reminder. Petrone's digital artwork portrays a cuddly zoo of offenders, including diminutive hippos, congenial tigers and perky pigs. Vestergaard tackles a delicate subject with levity, humor and a keen understanding of the potty-related foibles of the very young. Amid the giggles and innocuous bathroom humor, this potty primer adeptly conveys its vital message to preschoolers. This welcome addition to the genre offers parents and teachers a playful way to address a necessary topic. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402759963
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
476,000
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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