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Potty Train

Potty Train

4.0 16
by David Hochman, Ruth Kennison, Derek Anderson (Illustrator)

The Potty Train is coming! All aboard!

Time to say good-bye to diapers and take the journey to Underpants Station.

Are you ready? Let's chug away on the Potty Train!


The Potty Train is coming! All aboard!

Time to say good-bye to diapers and take the journey to Underpants Station.

Are you ready? Let's chug away on the Potty Train!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Borges
The purpose of this easy picture book is to help very young children with toilet training. The text is very simple and the bright, colorful illustrations are appealing and supportive of the text. A young boy and several animal characters, all of whom are clothed in diapers, board a train called the Potty Train. The lion conductor says that it is time to say goodbye to diapers because they are growing up As the train pulls away, the whistle says "chugga chugga poo-poooo." This small picture book has a very limited appeal because of its specific targeted audience (boys, train enthusiasts, children who are potty training) but it may be helpful in building enthusiasm among very young readers who are in the process of toilet training. Reviewer: Susan Borges
School Library Journal

This celebration of toilet training breaks down early but insists on chugging along to a confusing end. When an engineer-capped toddler in a diaper and T-shirt feels as if he has to go, he heads for the bathroom, where he imagines himself and his suddenly huge toy animals climbing aboard a Little-Engine-That-Could-type conveyance (a potty is attached to the locomotive). From "Diaper Drop" to "Undie Junction," the child is encouraged to persist despite setbacks (" . . . leaks happen and you can get all wet" shows an elephant and giraffe seeking shelter under umbrellas). Two attached cars each contain a seated animal with underwear around its ankles, and the engine holds a giant roll of toilet tissue that flaps in the wind as they travel roller-coaster style along the tracks. The text assures readers, "when you're really ready, the Potty Train will blow its whistle," and the next spread declares, "Chugga, chugga, poooo-pooooooo!" and shows the wide-eyed boy barely keeping his seat as the cars bound into the air. This is made worse with the odd promise that "Soon, you'll even ride through the night." Anderson's acrylic cartoons maintain energy and fancy in pleasingly simple fashion, but can not salvage the text.
—Gay Lynn Van VleckCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
The latest addition to toilet-training literature takes the train analogy and rides the rails to success . . . one hopes. A toddler engineer is playing with his toy train and stuffed giraffe, lion and elephant (all diapered) when he feels a sudden urge. Opening the bathroom door leads him to the station where the Potty Train awaits with Conductor Lion beckoning him aboard. Giraffe doesn't quite make it in time, but that's okay-learning to ride takes a while. Sometimes there are leaks, and sometimes nothing seems to be happening at all. But the potty train keeps going, and soon, the little boy will be able to ride it all the time. As he disembarks with his stuffed friends, the toddler is surprised to see that they are all now wearing underwear. Young children will enjoy the inventiveness of Anderson's acrylic illustrations, which incorporate everyday objects and toys into a fantasy train ride that marks the journey from diapers to "Undie Junction." One page is potentially problematic, however, as it shows the train about to chug through a pipe tunnel. Nonetheless, train enthusiasts will toot "Chugga chugga poo-poo." (Picture book. 2-4)

Product Details

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
1 - 2 Years

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Meet the Author

David Hochman is a journalist whose articles have been published in the New York Times, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly and Forbes. Upon graduating from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, he won the prestigious Pultizer Travelling Fellowship, which he used to visit and write about Australia and New Zealand.

Ruth Kennison has been a travel writer and theater critic, and now works as a professional organizer. This is David and Ruth's first children's book. They live in Los Angeles with their son.

Derek Anderson is the bestselling artist and cocreator of the Little Quack series. He is also the talent behind Gladys Goes Out to Lunch and Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale. He and his wife Cheryl reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit him at DerekAnderson.net.

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Potty Train 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Mindy0826 More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my son when we were having trouble with potty training. He loved the story and the silly pictures. He loves trains so he really got into it. I like how it takes the little boy from start to finish in potty training and ends with a positive result. I also like that it lets kids know that it is alright to have accidents and that they will still learn to go potty!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Always on the lookout for the magic bullet to potty training, I found this book a true first! Brilliant, vivid illustrations keep my wiggly sons attention (read, keep him SEATED) and the story gives me just enough ammo to explain the process! I will be buying this book in bulk for all of my friends in similar situations!
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123shannon More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely adorable. It is colorful and well illustrated. It has short words and sentences, perfect for the pre-reader. My son is infatuated with trains and he will treasure this book. It will also help him gain understanding of compassion and accidents during potty training. Perfect!
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Londons-Mommy More than 1 year ago
My Train obsessed son loves this book & it has helped with interest in potty training.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My almost 2 year old enjoys this book. I picked it up based on recommendations I read online. He has shown interest in using the potty and I'm hoping this book will help with those interests. It's a very simple story and I love the illustrations.
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MiMiL More than 1 year ago
My 2 1/2 year old son loves trains so naturally I bought a potty training book with a train in it. Bonus that he also loves elephants and giraffes! We read it every night before bed. I do not know if it is insighting him to use the potty, but it doesn't hurt. The pictures are engaging, he loves to look over each page and talk about what he sees.
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