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Author: Wendy Wax and Naomi Wax

Illustrator: Stephen Gilpin

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens, ½2008

Material: hard cover

Summary: This lift-the-flap book hammers home the idea that everyone has to use the bathroom during the course of the day. From baseball players and construction workers and astronauts, to pilots and zoo keepers, no one is exempt from "nature's call"! This is an interactive story that helps kids understand that going to the bathroom is part of life.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 2 to 5

Reading Level: 2.6

Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our listener thought the pictures were funny.

Adult Reader Reaction: I agree, the illustrations are amusing.

Pros: Humorous pictures more than make the point that everyone has to use the bathroom.

Cons: I'm not sure why it is necessary to convince a child that everyone must occasionally use the restroom facilities. This knowledge, alone, will not make the transition from diapers to using the toilet any easier.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book youngsters will quickly outgrow.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ISLAND POTTY PARTY (The Playdate Kids)   MONKEY LEARNS TO POTTY   THE BOOGER BOOGIE (The Playdate Kids)

Educational Themes: You can use this book as a complement to potty training. It may help kids get past their giggles over "potty words."

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, interactive learning, health, community helpers

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2008

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