Goldilocks and the Just Right Potty

illus. by Leigh Hodgkinson. 32p. Nosy Crow. Dec. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763697990. POP
Toddler-PreS—Hodgkinson gives readers another "Goldilocks" work (Goldilocks and Just One Bear) in the form of a humorous fractured fairy tale geared toward toddlers who are beginning to toilet train. "Goldilocks was tired of wearing soggy diapers so she decided it was time to wear big girl underwear." But just like any story involving Goldilocks, she can be rather fickle about finding the perfect item. Once she decides which underpants are "just right", she moves on to look for her "just right" potty. She has to explore all of her options, including a large boot and a tiny teacup, before choosing the right one. The story touches on the idea that potty training takes some time, and that accidents can happen but that with persistence, success will be achieved. Mixed-media art, including watercolors, collage, and ink drawings complements the fun and lighthearted story, and even cleverly inserts Goldilock's friends, the three little bears, as they sleep outside a dollhouse.
VERDICT Recommended for picture book collections, this is a fun and engaging tale. Parents and children will delight in the humor and familiarity.

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