HOW TO PEE by Todd Spector


Potty Training for Boys
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 2 - 4
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Sure, potty training is important, but how many books emphasize how to urinate with style?

Family practitioner Spector explains that he and his wife potty trained their son using the “free style” method. Translation: Costumes optional. Moved to inspire others, he offers this minihandbook highlighting 10 different styles from which a boy can draw inspiration. There’s “Rocket Style,” which involves a countdown to “blast off”; “Superhero Style,” in which the valiant urinater defeats a villainous square of toilet paper with proper aim; and “Firefighter Style,” in which the stream is put to good use extinguishing an imaginary potty fire. For all these and more, wardrobe changes and props are encouraged. Naturally some styles are stronger than others. “Magic Style” makes perfect sense, while “Mommy Style” (in which the child presumably imitates his mother and complains that the toilet seat is up) is just a cheap joke. Parents who would rather their kids not pee outside may wish to avoid “Free Style” and “Waterfall Style,” both of which turn the great outdoors into a boy’s personal lavatory. Illustrator Chung treats the material with suitable razzle dazzle, imbuing his hero with the heart and soul of a performer while never showing a single penis. A note to parents and a list of basic potty-training rules at the end make this a touchstone for the anxious.

The lesson is clear: Pee with flair. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: April 14th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-8050-9773-3
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2015


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