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Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Stk edition (January 1, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
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Age Range: 2 - 4 years
Grade Level: Preschool and up
I wrote a review for The Potty Train, one of the worst-conceived potty training books ever written (despite the catchy title and concept--seriously, who can screw up TRAINS?), and thought I'd offer a review of a pretty good one to balance it out. I eventually stumbled upon this book, at a Target or something, more than a year into what seemed like a never-ending struggle with the potty and the many associated candy bribes and sticker sheets and charts that went with it. This book was more successful than any other. I think it's the pirate hat. To those who complain, rightly, of its flimsiness, I can say that with some strategic packing tape support, this hat will last....and I say this because I still stumble on the damned thing every now and again and we completed potty training three years ago. I also occasionally find the accompanying coin stickers on the bottom of a sock or shoe (which probably says more about my housekeeping than I'd care to admit). It is a cute book (and it is very peg-leg-positive, if that matters to you. Lots of artificial limbs here). So just buy it. (To whoever said they got it out of the library....really? You would check a potty-training book out of the library? I have one word for you: POOPYBOOK.)
We have twins, boy and girl, who are in the midst of potty training. When my older son was learning, we accumulated numbers of books to make him familiar with the process. None were as motivating (or as cute!) as this one! My kids love the pictures, the pirate-y talk (the pirate boy says to the potty, "Prepare to be boarded!"), and the motivational stickers. Not every motivational system will work on every child - a good thing to keep in mind. But mine sure love these books (we also bought Princess Potty for my daughter - every bit as cute and useful!). Having read lots of kids' potty training books, I can't recommend this one highly enough.
I borrowed this from the library before purchasing it (and [ASIN:0545172969 Princess Potty]). I have boy/girl twins and both of them love this book. They ask for it before naps, at bedtime, even first thing in the morning. We also read it while they are on the toilet. The absolute BEST part of this book is that they show the pirate boy using a real toilet, not a potty chair. Books geared toward kids who use a toilet rather than a potty chair are very hard to find. I am so happy that I found this one.Note that although there is a DVD with a similar title ("I'm a Potty Pirate"), these are not the same story. The boy pirate in the DVD uses a potty chair. But the DVD does give good information in a kid-friendly format on aspects of toilet use like wiping that are not covered by the book.
My 2 year old girl loves pirates. Even though this book is designed for a boy it works (say she instead of he etc) it's cute. Includes stickers and a pirate hat for reward system. She wears this hat all day so it's already ripping but oh well. The fact that it shows the little boy sitting on the toilet makes it usable for both genders. She loves to read it and we sing the pirate potty song while she sits on the toilet. She even finishes by yelling "anchors away!" When she flushes the toilet.
2 year old loves this book. He's my third kid, so I already owned about 5 other potty books, but he was not very interested in any of them until we got this one. The pictures are cute, and have enough little details to make it interesting to look at. The story is the basic "no more diapers" "let's sit and wait" "let's wash our hands" theme, but I agree with previous posters that something about the piratey language makes it more fun. I end up reading it at least twice, even after the deed is done, because he really likes to hear it, plus I have to sing the song parts at least 4 times. The closest I can come up with for a melody is the Pinocchio "An Actor's Life for Me" intro and the standard Pirates of the Caribbean song. Probably not many people who are as neurotic who feel like they need an actual tune, but in case you do, those seem to work. I have the same issue that the hat is adorable, and he loves to wear it, but it comes apart easily, so you'll probably have to tape it once it's fitted. The stickers are also very very fun and cute, but mine seem to have a problem staying stuck to the laminated hat. So far, he doesn't care, but it could probably be improved to be a little more sticky. Overall, I think it's a great addition to the potty-training library since I don't have to hunt down any printable charts and go buy stickers, it's all included.
I teach two-year old children, so I am constantly looking for books that make the potty seem enticing and exciting. This book has been one of my class's favorite book (tied with The Potty Train). The book has a fun rhythm that keep kid's attention and is a perfect length for children of potty training age. The illustrations are excellent, too! Some of my kids like to say "Anchor's away" as he/ she flushes the potty, just like the pirate in the book. We even made an "X" for the wall of our potty area! I have purchased this book 3 times...hey...with 12 two-year old kids sharing the book, it DOES have a tendency to get torn on occasion, and not having this book on our shelf is simply not an option!
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