Skip to the Loo, My Darling!: A Potty Book

illus. by Anita Jeram. 32p. Candlewick. Mar. 2016. Tr $11.99. ISBN 9780763672348.
Toddler-PreS—With a play on the English term loo (or toilet), this title introduces a cast of animals—both real and fantastical—and their potties to young readers. But wait! Someone is missing! Who can it be? A rhyming text that is never too cloying keeps the action moving along as Bunny needs to go to the potty, thereby starting a menagerie parade through the fields and woods to the training potties. The rhyme starts to veer into "what else?" territory after introducing a big fat monster, a dinosaur, and "spooky wooky ghosties" that look like they wandered in from a Halloween title. Young children, however, will most likely giggle and relate to the general silliness that ensues. Jeram brings her soft ink and watercolor illustrations to life here. Bunny is awash in softly hued grays and pinks, while a charming elephant in a tutu and ballet toe shoes delicately parades through toward the final pages of a multitude of animals perching on their potties in the outdoors. And the surprise guest missing from the giant potty party at the end? A turn of the page reveals a spread with a smiling Bunny on the left and a sturdy mirror on the right to include young readers in the fun.
VERDICT While this will be useful in collections where the clamor is always for "more potty training books," the specific story line means limited use otherwise.

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