My Potty, Anita Bijsterbosch, Clavis Books, 2017.

At our house, we are in the midst of potty training. We have set a sticker system so that everytime Toddler J uses the potty, she receives a sticker. Once her sticker card is full, we take a trip to the Dollar Tree and she picks out one item (toy, coloring book, etc.)

During this phase of life, we are interested in books about using the potty. Something you never quite appreciate until you are a parent.

Anita Bijsterbosch’s board book My Potty is yet another book in this help-the-parent-out genre. While My Potty is no Daniel Tiger, it is a fun read. The illustrations are fun and bright. The animals in the story was a plus for Toddler J.

My Potty is about a little red potty. All the different animals take a guess as to what this object is, and how it is supposed to be used. Of course, the fun comes when the animals’ guess is not a potty. For example, Dog thinks it’s a hat, which generates laughter from the parent and the child.

Toddler J enjoys interacting with books and their stories. So when an animal guesses incorrectly, she will cry out, “No!” shaking her head with a big grin on her face.

The language is basic, making it easy for the toddler who has heard the story just a few times to be able to repeat or “read along” with the parent.

But what about potty training?

While this is a fun read, it did not do much to encourage using the potty. But it does engage creativity, something that toddlers are experimenting with regularly.

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital review copy.