Ian's New Potty

tr. from Dutch. illus. by author. unpaged. Clavis. 2011. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-60537-103-0. LC number unavailable.
PreS—Ian loves his new underpants, and is excited by the prospect of using the potty, but he soon learns that there is more to acquiring this new skill than simply having the proper equipment. He struggles a bit, but is determined to conquer this "big boy" rite of passage and ultimately is rewarded with the satisfaction of his success. This import is very European in its realistic illustrations and candid discussion of "pee" and "poop." The story is told primarily in dialogue that feels a bit didactic, but it offers a perspective on a universal experience to which all toddlers can relate. Ian's mother's patience and compassion will help children feel better about the occasional lapse, and sets a great example for parents. The cartoon illustrations are colorful and cheery, and will appeal to preschoolers.—Debbie Lewis, Alachua County Library District, FL

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