I Want My Potty



An amusing potty story.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The princess has an unresolved accident at the end of the book, and no one reassures her.

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that princesses, castles and moats are used to introduce the potty and its proper use.

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What's the story?

Diapers are YUUEUCH! the little princess declares. The wise queen tells her child, \"The potty's the place,\" and eventually the little girl agrees. But the potty isn't always convenient when you need it most! An amusing potty story.

Is it any good?


The story is basic and easy for the very young listener to understand and to relate to; the pictures are softly colored, appealing, and humorous. (For example, the queen mother wears her tiara on top of the bandanna tied around her head, and there's a gold crown embroidered on her apron!). Children will laugh at the ensuing chaos when the princess feels the need to go while she's playing at the top of the castle. Despite the grown-ups' good intentions, however, the potty arrives too late, and the little princess is left standing in a puddle.

"Is she in trouble?" one 3-year-old asked at the final page. The author could have added a page or two to show that, yes, the princess had an accident but, sure, we all do -- and it's okay. It's not the end of the world.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about using the potty and having accidents. Have you ever needed to go when your potty wasn't around? Parents can reassure kids that accidents happen and are OK.

Book details

Author:Tony Ross
Illustrator:Tony Ross
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Kane/Miller Book Publishers
Publication date:January 1, 1986
Number of pages:23

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Parent of a 1, 4, 7, 11, 16, and 24 year old Written bypopcornpop1997 March 15, 2009


Why do people write books like this? Who would? Sick, twisted people, that's who. I do not understand why some freaks enjoy writting and drawing pictures for this disaster, but whatever. Don't read this book, overall it's dumb.


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