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Potty (Leslie Patricelli Board Books)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  886 ratings  ·  72 reviews
A new toddler title charts a crucial achievement.

There comes a point in a toddler’s life when going in one’s diaper is only one possible option, and the question must be raised: Should I go in my potty? With pitch-perfect humor and pacing, Leslie Patricelli follows the inner dialogue (sure to have little ones shouting responses) and hilarious actions of everyone’s favorit
Board book, 28 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published 2010)
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Patricelli's darling little baby decides to take the diaper off and potty. Simple and fun, as with all her books.
Dec 23, 2012 Milo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Potty training toddlers
Recommended to Milo by: Mama bought it for me for potty training
I think this book is FUNNY. When I choose this book from the shelf, I love to look at the page where the little kid says, "Bye, bye diaper." I ask my Mama and Papa, "Why does he say, 'bye-bye' to his diaper?" Then I start to laugh and laugh. I also like to sit with this book when I am on my potty chair. It has a great balance of text to picture ratio for a toddler. I love the simplistic drawings. Most of all, I am so excited that the kid in the story goes potty and everyone celebrates.
Patricelli's books are so darn cute. Elliott just LOVES the baby featured in many of her colorful board books, probably because of his adorable mug and because she can relate so well to his antics. This is the one potty book she has really fallen in love with, and makes us read again and again while she sits there so cute on her OWN potty. In fact, we were reading this one that one amazing day when she - just like the character she loves - actually peed in her little toilet!
Mommy only reads this to me while I'm sitting on my toilet, because it's a special book about learning to use the toilet. If I go to the toilet without it, I always get up and run around and find it and then come back, because I like to read it. Did you know the baby in the story is also reading a book about pottying while the baby tries to potty?
Trevor Lalish-menagh
My son loves to read this on the potty. Great for toilet training.
When to ditch the diaper? Only a toddler knows when the time is right, but when the time gets close Potty will be there to encourage our young future potty users along. Go along with Baby as he discovers what it means to go on the potty instead of outside like a dog or in a litter box like a kitty, but on the potty like a big kid. From potty time with book in hand and kitty and doggie napping at his feet all the way to Baby’s first pair of underpants. Show your toddler just what it means to lose ...more
POTTY is my daughter's favorite book. I bought it when she turned 1 along with a potty thinking we would read it in a few months. She pulled it right off the shelf, though, and has continued to give it to me to read at least ten times a day. The art work is "simple" and colorful. The story has true conflict and a narrative arc. The little one going potty is adorable. We root for him and always end up cheering at the end.
I've bought four more books written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli si
April 2011 - This was an alright potty book. It falls into the general introduction to the potty category. The baby tries to decide where to go potty, then waits and waits until he goes in the potty. No info on the finer points, like toilet paper or hand washing or body parts. This seems like a good one to read when just introducing the idea of the potty, not for the hard core middle of training.

Nov 2011 - So, now that we starting some potty training, I must adjust my rating. Natalie loves this
Perfect for our two-year-old. He was using the potty regularly at 21 months, then we went on a trip and there was no potty there. When we came back, the potty was new again, and he refused to sit on it. This book is helping him have a more friendly relationship with the potty again. He asks to read "the toilet books" several times a day, and this new book is already a favorite.
I still haven't decided how I feel about this book. I understand the reasons for writing it and I'm hopeful that in a couple months it will prove helpful to my potty-training son. But there's something disturbing about two panels of drawings of a baby on a potty ending with the baby asleep. And I'm not sure I would use the same word choice to describe the "events" that are the center of the story. If the euphemisms aren't your euphemisms, then you either have to take the time to try to explain t ...more
Jason Luu
My son loves this book, it was the first book he's ever "read" (or memorized completely front to back and recited back to me) out loud to me. All of Leslie's books have excellent artwork, simple language, and are relatable to babies and toddlers alike.
Having a younger one potty-training, I didn't really want a book that makes a huge deal about being a "big" kid using the potty. This is a cute book with the baby realizing there's an option other than going in a diaper. My daughter laughs at the page with the baby doing the potty dance! She also loves the last page (undies!) for pointing out the various designs since she knows what some of them are (stars, puppy, fish).

I don't care for the page with the multiple image spread or the "tinkle" "to
Our little boy liked this so much that we read through it twice in one sitting.

For what it is, for a toddler and his daddy, this gets five stars. (Our little guy got even more excited to sit on the toilet. That, of course, is much appreciated.)
C had this one memorized. I enjoyed it. Simple, fun. Even my parents chuckled through it. Definitely one of the less awkward potty training books. This book was requested daily while we had it checked out from the library.
Robert Beveridge
Leslie Patricelli, Potty (Candlewick, 2010)

Of the batch of library books we got out this time (and as I write this, I'm three batches behind, I think), Potty was both my favorite and the Bean's. The illustrations are engaging and fun, our toddler narrator has a quick wit about him (and wonderful facial expressions), and the story is very simple without ever feeling like the author is talking down to her audience. We read this one at least a dozen times the first time we got it out of the library
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Woods could have cared less about this book. I'll have to try again when he's closer to being potty trained. He's no where near ready so trying to get him to even look at the book was too much work.
Big bonus points for the page of UNDIES! at the end, but there's only so much you can say about illustrations of a kid sitting and waiting on the potty.
Brittany Shaw
Great board book, my son likes to play with the book he is 14 months old. Hopefully it will help transition into the potty training stage.
My toddler loves this book. We read it about eleven times in a row this morning. The illustrations are cute and colourful.
Patricelli's art is always fun and accessible (I'm also a big fan of "Quiet Loud"). This one really makes my kiddo laugh.
Steven R. McEvoy
Life is changing now when I take the three kids to the book store; even the one and a half year old wanders around and wants to pick her own books. This was the first book she chose to read. This book was a great read for her and for the older two. They remembered their training time. The story is a fun read and well written. The illustrations are fun and the bright vibrant pallet will appeal to the young readers. But only time will tell if it will help, but either way an entertaining book the f ...more
My granddaughter LOVES this book and is asking to sit on the potty (and used it once) at 21 months ole!
She's still not sold on using the potty--our two-year old loves the book.
Love it. Simple for toddler. Cute kid. Our favorite potty book.
At this point, I have read many potty books for toddlers. This is by far my favorite. These days, many parents follow a specific method for toilet training their child/ren. This book does a great job of illustrating how things work generally, without giving too much specific information that could possibly conflict with a family's chosen toilet learning method. Plus, the text and illustrations keep things light, which is important! Toddler independence is emphasized, without being too heavy-hand ...more
July prize for summer reading program!
North Landesman
Tiny person loves this book.
Danica Midlil
Love all her board books!
adorbs, on target
This is a cute book, helping to prep my youngest for potty training
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Leslie Patricelli is the American writer of the books Blankie and Big Little. Leslie Patricelli grew up in Seattle, Washington close to Pine Lake. At college, Leslie Patricelli majored in Communications at the University of Washington. She became an advertising copywriter after college then became a ski instructor in Italy. Leslie Patricelli is also an illustrator for children. She created and ani ...more
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