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POTTY ANIMALS by Hope Vestergaard


What to Know When You’ve Gotta Go!

by Hope Vestergaard and illustrated by Valeria Petrone

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4027-5996-3
Publisher: Sterling

Unruly critters from Sycamore Preschool learn bathroom etiquette in this wry tale. Rambunctious rhymes delineate the offenses of an assortment of forgetful creatures. From Benji the barger, who fails to knock before entering, to Georgie’s aversion to wiping, all aspects of potty-training fundamentals are covered. Standard rhymes in an abcb pattern divided between each two-page spread outline commonplace infractions and are concluded with an exuberantly delivered reminder. Petrone’s digital artwork portrays a cuddly zoo of offenders, including diminutive hippos, congenial tigers and perky pigs. Vestergaard tackles a delicate subject with levity, humor and a keen understanding of the potty-related foibles of the very young. Amid the giggles and innocuous bathroom humor, this potty primer adeptly conveys its vital message to preschoolers. This welcome addition to the genre offers parents and teachers a playful way to address a necessary topic. (Picture book. 4-8)