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Summary: With rhyming text and simple statements, Monkey shows us how he is growing up with his potty training. This is a picture book for toilet training
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 4; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 2 to 4
Age of Child: read to 4-year-old child
Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler quickly engaged in repeating several of the lines in the book, relishing the idea of repeating "potty words."
Adult Reader Reaction: The sing-song, over-simplified statements were a little too much for us. Even if we weren't past potty training, this book wouldn't have been much help during the process.
Pros: Because it's a board book, it can take the wear and tear…even in the bathroom. This is a book probably best used when you are introducing the IDEA of toilet training so that kids get used to the words.
Cons: The book concludes by congratulating the child, but there is no engaging the child to model the behavior in the story itself.
Borrow or Buy: Skip it! There are other more useful titles out there, most of them with stories that allow for more effective "mirror imaging."
If You Liked This Book, Try: A Potty for Me; You Can Go To the Potty; and Wash Your Hands.
Educational Themes: This is a book for introducing toilet training.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, family, growing up