Once Upon a Potty: Boy

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Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Popular toddler potty-training book becomes interactive.

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Ease of Play

The options for interacting with the book are clear, but tapping on words and objects often has a slight delay.

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Sexy Stuff

The app shows a cartoon drawing without much detail of a naked boy.


Informal terms such as "pee-pee," "poo-poo," and "wee-wee" are used to stand in for more specific wording.


Tapping icons on the main screen will take kids to more information about other apps by the publisher, the publisher's website, and the author's website. After the first time through the book, the Once Upon a Potty: Girl app is advertised on the main screen.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Once Upon a Potty: Boy is a storybook app that goes through the stages of potty training for kids. It starts at the beginning from when a baby is born, to where kids are done with diapers entirely. There are three options for reading the story: Read To Me, Read It Myself, and Autoplay. Read to Me reads the story to kids, highlighting words as it goes. Kids can also play with each scene before turning the page themselves. Read It Myself will not automatically read the words to kids, but will if they are tapped. Kids also turn pages themselves. Autoplay both reads the story and turns the pages. On each page, when kids can tap on the illustrations, the part tapped are identified out loud by a child's voice. The app also has an option to listen to The Potty Song or do a sing along. The Potty Song plays the song, highlighting the lyrics as it goes. If you select the sing along option, the background music to the song plays along with some backup vocals and highlighted lyrics, allowing kids to supply the main vocals. The publisher also makes a version of this app for girls.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat June 9, 2020
Teen, 14 years old Written bypastelmoonnn December 1, 2019

Is it any good?

ONCE UPON A POTTY: BOY only offers slightly more functionality than the printed book itself. Tapping on a word doesn't individually highlight and read it; the tapping causes the passage to be re-read in its entirety. Tapping on images on the pages identifies the images out loud, but no corresponding written word appears so that kids can connect them. On Autoplay or Read to Me, words are highlighted as they are very slowly read, but the way the app highlights more than one word at once can be confusing to new readers. The book may be less helpful for kids whose families use different terms for the relevant body parts and bodily functions.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: May 31, 2011
  • Category: Books
  • Size: 19.50 MB
  • Publisher: Oceanhouse Media
  • Version: 1.08
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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