PreS. This good-natured book, by the author of Don't Let the Pigeons Drive the Bus [BKL S 1 03], uses just the right tack for kids who theoretically understand toilet use, but still have misgivings about it in practice. Potty trainees will delight in reviewing bathroom procedures alongside a cast of worried-looking boys and girls and a pep squad of encouraging mice. Willems again demonstrates a genius for spare but expressive lines and an almost uncanny rapport with the preschool audience. The plainspoken text, which appears in placards raised cheerleader-style by the mice, offers pithy instructions ("Boys can stand. Girls should sit") and assurances ("It won't take long") that get right at the heart of kids' concerns. There's no real story, and true to its title, the book deals only with one bodily function. But, never mind; it will still go a long way toward easing the anxiety surrounding this developmental hurdle. Each copy comes with a chart on the flip side of the book jacket and reward stickers for home use, but don't let that stop you from putting it on the library shelf. ((Reviewed November 1, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist ReviewsReview by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Not surprisingly, the author of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus infuses this potty training manual with saucy wit. Nonetheless, empathy underscores every laugh. From the beginning, Willems addresses the child's perspective: "If you ever get that funny feeling... don't panic! Don't fret! And please don't ignore it! Now is your chance to show how big you are!" He goes over the protocol-lift the lid, do your business, wash your hands-and ends with a reassuring, right-on-target observation. When you are through, "Everything will still be right where it was." Acknowledging an inveterate source of accidents-kids' intense desire to keep playing-Willems draws a relieved toddler bounding toward a tea party where her stuffed animals await her return. As in his debut, Willems pens rib-tickling, expressive cartoon characters on a white background, coloring in his images with an understated palette in ochre tones. A host of inviting mice narrate the text, which drapes across signs, balloons, banners and unfurling rolls of toilet paper. Antics such as rolling out a red carpet and the mice posing as an airport ground crew-who helpfully direct a youngster toward the bathroom with lighted, orange batons-provide gentle comic relief for a topic often fraught with anxiety. Ages 2-4. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-Good toilet training books seem as scarce as a clean public restroom in Times Square, and, unfortunately, this book won't alleviate the problem. A parade of needy children is joined by a group of wise mice that guides the youngsters to the bathroom and back. Encouraging phrases will assist reluctant children: "Don't Panic! Don't Fret! And please don't ignore it! Now is your chance to show how BIG you are!" Reminders to use toilet paper, flush, and wash hands are included. A final message reassures, "Don't worry if you don't get it right the first time-you'll get another chance." The book's benefits are overshadowed by the busy and possibly confusing illustrations. Large, bold type is set word by word into flags, banners, and signs held by the small creatures. When one child arrives in the bathroom, the toilet lid is covered with a well-meaning but unfortunately placed mouse band. While libraries will be able to work around the chart on the inside of the dustjacket and the page of (unattached) stickers that will allow children to record their successes, these features make the book most useful for home libraries.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Sign-carrying mice give encouraging instructions for using the toilet.Review by Publisher Summary 2
With the author's signature humor and a group of sign-holding mice, children are gently led through each step in the process that will finally bring them to their emancipation from diapers. 35,000 first printing.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Toilet training has never been such an adventure as when it is introduced by popular cartoonist Mo Willems. With his signature humor, the author gently leads children through each step in the process that will finally bring them to their emancipation from diapers. Featuring a crew of funny mice holding up signs with the text, children will be amused and inspired by this hilarious new picture book.