You Poop Here

Holiday House. Nov. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780823446018.
Toddler-PreS–In a field filled with gendered books about toilet training, this refreshing title stands out by encouraging all children to see pooping, and by extension the use of the potty, as a universal, cross-gender, interspecies need. Lively illustrations in acrylic ink-on-paper are accompanied by sparse text, with each illustration depicting an organism defecating. The portrayals are comical and not scientifically accurate, focusing not on the action but on the location the act takes place. The only difference between an ant, a monkey, an alligator, and a child comes down to one question: “Where do you poop?” The title draws toward a fitting conclusion while accompanying illustrations feature a racially inclusive cast all using the potty because “You poop here!” Included at the end are fun facts about poop and a short primer on what it is.
VERDICT An excellent first purchase for anyone looking to expand their potty learning collection, and an ideal complement to Taro Gomi’s classic Everyone Poops.

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