Paperback: 34 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 31, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #17,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #23 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Toilet Training
Age Range: 2 - 4 years
Grade Level: Preschool and up
We had a heck of a time getting our four-year-old over his fear of pooping in the potty, and, though I can't know for sure, it sure seems like this book went a long way toward breaking down his resistance. The book presents the issue (fear of using the potty) in kid-friendly terms, and our son could really relate to the little protagonist who didn't even know why he was afraid any more. By the end, the little boy character has used the potty and is mighty proud of himself and tells the reader that he/she can do it, too. Our son kept pointing to the character when I asked him what he was trying to say to him and responded: "Don't be afraid to poop in the potty!" We read the book about 20 times in the first couple weeks, and I don't think it's a coincidence that our son willingly used the potty for the first time yesterday. I recommend this book to any parent dealing with a child who's afraid to use the potty and can't quite articulate why.
My 2 1/2 yr old son has been having trouble pooping on the potty. He likes to "hide and poop". We have an assortment of potty and poop books, all of which he loves and have been immensely helpful in the potty training process. This book, however, is his favorite. He really loves the illustrations and relates to the story line a lot. He enjoys the part where the boy in the book squeezes his butt tight and when he hides behind a chair in the living room that looks the same and is set in the same place as the chair he likes to hide behind when he has to poop. After a few weeks of reading this often, he now tells me when he has to poop and sits on the potty. We keep the poop books close by, and it helps to read them while we "relax and let the poops fall out."
I was very hopeful, after reading many positive reviews. My son is 100% potty trained with #1, but has a fear of #2. First he would only poop in his diaper, and now he doesn't even want to do that. He cries and begs me for help to keep it in. We bought this book hoping it would help, but I think it is not nearly specific enough. And the setback... it taught my son to say "I can't, I won't, No way!" whenever we tried to put him on the potty. I find the book very vague and does not get into the issue of pain, discomfort, potential problems. It hasn't been helpful for us.Also, the rhyming is a little off.
I don't normally write reviews (with four kids at home-no time!),however, after reading some of the other reviews, I felt I needed to take the time to give this book a few good words. Every child is different, but after reading to four...I can't imagine there isn't a little guy or gal who wouldn't love this book! The first thing out of my four-year-old's mouth was: "That's silly! He doesn't want to poop!" He was delighted!Our youngest has been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder, as well as being on the autism spectrum. All of our children approached toilet training on their own unique time schedule, but we continue to struggle with #4 and "pooping."I am quite sure this little guy wouldn't hold still for a detailed and technical discussion of things he should do, but he is absolutely delighted by the main character. His eyes lit up the moment he saw him. He loved the title because it caught his attention right away! The rhyming is developmentally appropriate and it helps him to "read along" with me. When he commented that the character was being "silly"-I could ask him why he thought that. When my little one won't poop...we can then discuss the main character and his feelings. The great thing is-the little guy in the book was successful and my little guy is successful. I think this book is well worth the investment. I have suggested it to several of my friends and I know they feel the same.
This book turned out to be a "saving grace" in our home! Upon reading the reviews posted by other customers, I felt compelled to share our story. Although not formally diagnosed, our daughter has displayed many of the behaviors associated with Sensory Processing Disorder. Although she trained easily for urination, she struggled mightily with bowel withholding (until the age of 4). Adding to the frustration was the lack of printed material (written from a child's perspective) dealing with this particular potty training problem. A friend of mine purchased the book on for us...I/we were skeptical (at first) but desperate, decided to implement it into our "routine". She immediately locked into the illustrations and was amused by the text. My husband and I also appreciated the levity!! I/we believe that a combination of patience, persistence and this thoughtful story ultimately led to a happy ending. I/we highly recommend this book for any home with a "poop refuser".
We've read this book twice and we just don't like it. I think the part I like the least are the drawings. The text is just not well written so I have to explain things to my almost three year old. There are other toilet training books that I can read and don't have to explain as everything is simple and self explanatory. I wish I could say this book helped but I just don't think my son is "there" yet in the toilet training dept. anyway.A really fun and easy book to understand that my son REALLY enjoys is "Where's the Poop?". He engages with it quickly to the very last page.
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