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Author: Tony Ross / Format: Hardback / Date of publication: 24 February 2000 / Genre: Baby Books / Subcategory: Picture & Activity Books / Category: Picture Books / Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd / Title: I Want My Potty / ISBN 13: 9780862649654 / ISBN 10: 0862649654 / Alternative title: Little Princess: I Want My Potty - Tony Ross / Alternative ISBN 10: 086264965X

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      18.09.2013 19:13
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      every child should own this book.

      Growing up there were a small selection of books that I loved reading and being read and only a few of them I really remember. I want my potty was one of these books so I was keen that my daughter had it in her book collection and with her coming up to potty training age I was keen to find it for her and I'm so glad I did.

      I actually ended up finding this book in poundland so of course I only paid £1 for it which for such a well loved childrens book was a total bargain so I was really pleased with price. The book is also widely available in other book stores and online with an rrp of £5.99.

      The book is a soft cover large square with a bright red cover. It has the little in large letters with a lovely big illustration of the little princess sat on the potty. I love the sketchy style of the illustration.
      The book is part of a series of little princess books and there is a list of the other books on the back cover. There are 9 other books in the series.

      The actual story is 23 pages long with small sections of text and large colourful illustrations on each page.
      The book follows a lovely main character, the little princess, in her journey to potty training. I love the language used in the book the way the little princess is so like that of a toddler, my daughter could really understand it. It follows the little princess from wanting something other nappies to her mum introducing the potty to her which at first she hates and thinks its worse than nappies. Both me and my daughter could relate to that feeling right at the start of potty training when they don't want nappies or the potty.
      It then moves on to her using and a particular time when she is far away from the potty and how when she yells for it all the castle staff are frantic looking for it. This part is great for children to really get involved with the book as its repeative of all the various people shouting 'she wants her potty' my daughter quickly picked this up and loves joining in with all the different voices I do. She finds it really amusing too.
      It then ends with the little princess getting the potty just a little too late and theres a picture of her with a puddle round her feet. I love this ending because all toddlers will have accidents when potty training and this says its okay it happens which can be reassuring that the character has accidents too, it happens.

      I think the length of the story ia great for young toddlers and the lovely big colourful illustrations really involve the child in the story. Theres plenty of opportunity to get them to point out things in the pictures too. The main character is loveable by both child and parent alike, its a good job really as I spend alot of my time reading it to my daughter its one of her favourites.

      Overall its a brilliant introduction to potty training and really gets your child involved. A huge thumbs up from me and my toddler!

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        29.07.2013 23:54
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        A good fun book to introduce idea of a potty

        My daughter will be 2 next month and although she's still pretty young, she has recently been showing a lot of signs of readiness for potty training and they do say girls are usually faster at picking up potty training than boys. A few months ago, at our school summer fair, I picked up a handful of books for my daughter. She is mad about books, and I thought this one 'I want my potty' by Tony Ross might be useful in starting the conversation about the potty early to get my daughter used to idea of going to the toilet and getting rid of the nappies!

        When I first introduced this book to my daughter she didn't take a lot of interest, but every so often, I brought it out again and talked about the potty and the toilet and she started to understand more about the storyline of the book. The storyline follows a little princess who has outgrown her nappies and thinks they are 'yeuch' and wants something better. 'The potty's the place' says the queen several times to her. The little princess isn't quite so sure, but she gradually starts to like her potty. She jumps around on it, puts it on her head (something I hoped my daughter wouldn't try) and generally begins to warm to the idea of using it, eventually telling others that the 'potty's the place!'. On one occasion, when she is upstairs at the top of the castle playing she needs her potty, and the message is relayed amongst the staff of the palace/castle, until it is the Admiral who finds it. It is then transported to the princess just a 'little to late' and there is a puddle on the floor.

        My daughter giggles everytime at the page where the potty plays tricks on the princess and the princess plays tricks on the potty, when she puts it on her head. I try not to draw too much attention to this so she doesn't get ideas(!) but she does like the book and she understood from it, that you need to get to the potty quickly so there isn't a puddle on the floor.

        In terms of relation to potty training, I think it has benefits in introducing the concept of the potty early to a child before you even think about potty training. In a fun way it brings the ideas of potty training in front of a child without it explicitly saying so. I don't think this encouraged the actual potty training process with my daughter when it started however, I think its benefit lies in the few months leading up to potty training. A good book, especially if you can pick it up second hand like I did.

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          28.01.2013 14:19
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          A funny little story

          My daughters like to watch Milkshake on channel 5 on a morning and through this they have started watching the programme "Little Princess", my youngest daughter is 2 and I have been trying to get her to use the potty to no avail so we borrowed this book from the library to read to her.

          The book is a square board book about 8 inches square and shows the Princess from the show on the front cover sat on her potty, the authors name (Tony Ross) is written in black above the picture and the title of the book is written in bigger writing underneath the picture. On the back of the book it has a RRP of £4.99 which seems a decent price to me.

          The book starts with the Little Princess deciding that wearing nappies is "Yuuech" and deciding that there must be some better way, the Queen introduces her to the potty. The Little princess decided that the potty was worse at first but the Queen made her sit on the potty much to her dismay. The Little Princess would play with her potty instead of using it and do things such as putting the potty on her head and tying herself to it to jump around on the potty and she discovers that she loved her potty. Everyone was very happy with the princess for enjoying her potty but she still had not used it, one day the princess is playing at the top of the castle when she needs a wee, the Maid runs for her potty along with the King and the General but by the time they get the potty to the princess she has had an accident on the floor which is how the book ends.

          The pictures in the book are exactly like on the TV programme which is great as Emily sits and names all the people in the book. The books pictures are a little duller than normal childrens books which is a shame and would have been nicer is they were brighter. Emily has no intention of using her potty and this book has not made any difference and she laughs at the end when the Princess wees on the floor which I think may give her the wrong idea so I was glad when the book went back to the library and we didn't have to read it anymore.

          The book is quite amusing but I wouldn't read it to a child who is potty training at the time as it may just give the wrong idea, my daughter enjoyed the book so I would rate it 4 stars as I feel the pictures in the book could be a bit nicer.

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            12.01.2013 23:31
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            Nice book, fairly good storyline which is easy to read and follow the pictures too.

            Having read some other peoples reviews on this book on the internet it would appear some people think this book is amazing and had their child potty trained in a week and other reviews seem not so keen on it. I'm kind of in between. Even a mention on the book from the Daily Mail says Hilarious, A god send to parents.

            This book is by Tony Ross writer of a series of I'm a little princess books which went on to be made into the tv cartoon for children. As well as I want my potty book there is I want my dinner and I want to be. Would the book being named Please can I have my potty not have been as good?

            The RRP on this book is £4.99 however can be purchased for under £3 on Amazon or look out for it at car boot sales, fete stalls etc as I got mine for 10p at a fete last year.

            My daughter is 2 years old now and ready for the dreaded potty training, she already strips off when she wets her nappy and does love to sit on the potty even though she hasn't managed to use it yet at least she is trying.

            The book is 23 pages long and is not a board book.The pages are big showing animated pictures of some of the scenes and each page has just one sentence to read at the bottom in clear bold words.

            The princess lives with her mum and dad who happen to be a king and queen. It starts off with the little princess not liking her nappies anymore and says "yuuech there must be something better". The princess doesn't like the potty to begin with and with an L plate on the potty she started to get used to it and grew to love it using it in play and in it's proper use form. Her family and servants said she'd make a great queen for doing so well. Now I wont be a spoiler and tell you how the book ends so you can find that out yourself.

            My feeling about this book is that my daughter likes me to read it to her and she brought it to me tonight for bedtime which is why I thought to review it, she likes the pictures but I don't feel she understands the story completely especially with me trying to do the different voices of the characters in it. She does understand what the potty is for though.
            The part of the book that has the princess playing with the potty and especially whilst playing with it on her head I thought wasn't too good in case children do try to copy that. However different people have different opinions on a book but I hope I've reviewed this fairly

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            23.01.2012 13:46
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            There are better potty training books than this - and better role models than the Little Princess!

            My 2 year old daughter loves the Little Princess. However, I've realised that just because she loves her, it doesn't make the LP a particularly good role model (and I rue the day my husband first turned the programme on for her!).

            Anyone who knows about the LP (and I assume you do if you're considering buying this book), knows that she's actually loud, demanding and selfish. There may, generally, always be some 'moral' at the end of the tale - but you need to rely on a toddler understanding that moral, as opposed to all the shouting and demanding that precedes it. And this book is no exception. After being introduced to the potty (and using it in a variety of inadvisable ways), the princess finally decides, 'I WANT MY POTTY'. This leads to a number of wasted pages where various characters are running round trying to find it and get it to her in time.

            Worse still, it doesn't reach her in time and she ends up weeing on the floor. Okay, accidents happen - and it's good for children to understand that. However, this book doesn't then end on a positive note (with the princess finally getting it right). Nope, it just ends with a puddle of wee on the floor. Not very helpful. Likewise, the depiction of the LP actually enjoying the 'naughty step' in one TV programme hasn't helped with that. My daughter now wants to sit on it. I honestly think the LP stories have been deliberately devised to make parents' work harder - and this book falls into the same camp.

            If you've got a little girl and she likes princesses, a better option is Princess Polly's Potty by Andrea Pinnington. It comes with a sound button - so your little one can 'cheer' each time Polly gets it right. And whilst she has an accident, in the end she actually uses the potty in the way it's intended. So everyone's happy!

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            13.06.2011 10:42
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            a lovely book

            My eldest son who is three and a half first came across the little princess on the odd occasion when he was watching the milkshake show on channel five which is very rare as he is a massive Nick junior fan. He seemed disinterested by most of the programmes that had been on till the little princess came on. He has been a fan of it ever since, still not a fan of the programmes on the milkshake show though. He has since watched a good few episodes of the little princess. It was in our local library that my son spotted this particular book of the little princess 'I want my potty'. I thought it would be a great one to rent out since he was familiar with the character.


            For those of you who are not familiar with the little princess she is a very strong wilful little girl. She has the staff at the palace running round after her all the time. She sometimes can sound a little rude put is usually put in her place by the end of the story. My son really likes her and finds her funny. Each episode is fairly simple and easy to enjoy. The books run the same with a simple short story and layout.


            This particular story is simple. The princess decides she doesn't like nappies anymore and wants something different. The queen suggests she tries the potty. The princess is a little reluctant but decides to give it a go. She isn't that keen but thinks it is better than nappies. She begins using it and often ends up in adventures with it. That is till one day when she is far away and needs her potty and she needs it then. Will they get the potty to the little princess in time is the question!


            The layout of the book matches the simple story. It has a very basic layout with each page the same. There is a large box with a simple illustration of what is happening followed by a short amount of bold text underneath. I find the pictures pretty much speak for themselves. This has helped my son in trying to be independent and read a story alone. This is something my son has just begun trying. He is trying to tell the story of a book by the pictures and he really enjoys it. The pictures are simple with little detail but I think they are great.


            Me and my son both enjoyed this story from the little princess. Like the television programme my son was engrossed in it. It may have only been short but it certainly held his attention. I wouldn't recommend it for a child you are trying to encourage to use their potty as there is little in the form of encouragement in this story never the less it is a fun story most children would enjoy, girls or boys.


            This book is currently available on Amazon for £3.90 but I imagine you will be able to find it cheaper at discount book stores or like me try your local library. As I have mentioned there is a tv series but there are a series of books too. I will be making sure I look out for then. There is I want my dinner, I want my dummy, I don't want to go to bed and many more in the series.

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              04.06.2011 10:03
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              A great book

              A few years ago I was working in a primary school and various people representing book companies would come and drop off a selection of books in the staff room for us to look at and then order should we want to. A representative of the book people was selling a set of the Little Princess books one day and so I ordered them for my son. I shall review the book "I want my potty" today which was one of the books in the set.

              The Little Princess books are not particularly "girly" as the name would initially suggest. The books are about a very spoilt little girl who is also a Princess. She is often a brat and is used to getting her own way but the books are written in a way which is often linked to children in general. The books are most definitely suited to both boys and girls.

              I want my potty is written and illustrated by Tony Ross and the edition that came in our set was first published in 2001 by Collins picture books. It was actually first published as a book in 1986 though so it has been around a while really. This paperback has a recommended retail price of £5.99 but you can purchase it from amazon for just £3.78 including free super saver delivery.

              The book I want my potty tells the story of the Little Princess as she decides that nappies are horrible and there must be something better as an alternative. She is introduced to the potty by the Queen but initially she hates it. With time she begins to get used to the potty and is happy to use it. One day she is playing away in her bedroom when she suddenly realises that she needs her potty and screams "I WANT MY POTTY!" Chaos ensues as everyone in the castle hears and looks for the potty. When they find it they rush it to the Princess but get there a little too late and find her standing in a puddle of wee!

              What I really like about this story is that it looks at a topic which all young children will have to or will have already gone through in making the transition from nappies to the potty or the toilet. It covers feelings that lots of children face when presented with a potty as well as showing that sometimes even Princesses don't make it to the potty in time and have accidents! As the book focuses on these issues I think it is perfect to read with your child when they are going through potty training but that is not to say it cannot be enjoyed at other times too as it definitely can.

              The illustrations in the book, as with all other illustrations I have seen by Tony Ross, are brilliant. He has such a way of portraying the emotions running through the Princesses mind and in this book we see her scared, happy, proud and embarrassed amongst other things and you are never left in any doubt as to how she is feeling. The illustrations in the book are the main focus of the page with just a line or two of text underneath each one. The colourful fun pictures certainly kept my son's interest when he was younger and he still likes to look at them now if he chooses to read this book sometimes.

              I really do think this is an excellent book to purchase if your child is coming up to the potty training stage as I think it helps for a child to see that other people, fictional or not, can use the potty too. My son enjoyed this book when he was younger and whilst he rarely reads it now I still feel it was a great purchase.

              Thank you for reading my review!

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                21.06.2010 20:42
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                A great book :)

                Tony Ross wrote a range of stories about a little princess and the phases she goes through in life. His first book, I Want My Potty was originally published in 1986. This book is one of my little girls favourites, we must have read it a hundred times, maybe more!! I tend to read it more to her now as potty training is in full force!

                The little princess is a spoilt little princess, everything is "I want, i want". This story is about wanting her potty. Little Princess decides she doesn't like nappies, and thinks there must be something better. The Queen tells her "the potty is the place" But, at first the little princess thinks the potty is worse, although mummy queen keeps telling her "the potty is the place". So, the little princess has to learn, but sometimes she finds herself a long way from the potty, sometimes she plays tricks on the potty by sitting on her crown and wearing the potty on her head.....but sometimes the potty plays tricks on the little princess too!! Soon, little princess decides the potty is fun and she loves it. One day, little princess is playing at the top of the castle when all of a sudden "I WANT MY POTTY!!!" The maid, the King, the Cook, the Gardener, the General and the Admiral all rush to get the potty to little princess, just.....a little too late.

                This book is well written for the children, the pictures are fantastic, however i think that the book is directed more to older children, even though my little girl adores it, i'm not fully sure that she understandsthe humour completely.

                A well recommended book!

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                  04.12.2009 22:42
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                  I want my potty!

                  'I Want My Potty' is part of a range of Little Princess stories written and illustrated by Tony Ross. The Little Princess is now also a TV series shown on Channel Five, so I suspect these books will be a popular fixture in lots of household with young children.

                  A Little Princess story might seem a bit of a strange choice for a household full of boys, but this was included in a set that I bought from www.bananas.co.uk and it has been a book that has recently come into its own, as we have started to think about potty training our two year old. Both my boys like the Little Princess character, perhaps because she can be a little bit cheeky and naughty at times and makes for interesting bedtime reading!

                  'I Want My Potty' starts with the Little Princess deciding that 'nappies are YUUECH!', although she isn't too enthusiastic about the idea of using a potty as an alternative to begin with. As the (short and simple) story progresses, the Little Princess grows quite attached to her potty - quite literally at one point, as one of the funny pictures shows her falling over having got stuck to the potty! Unfortunately, even Little Princesses can fall short sometimes and the book ends with a puddle on the floor as she can't quite get to her potty in time!

                  The language used throughout this short story is very simple and repetitive which is ideal as potty training tends to be a topic that starts to get more relevant when little ones are around eighteen months to two years old. A child of that age should be able to enjoy and understand this short story, particularly if they are already familiar with the idea of using a potty (even if they aren't actually at the stage of successfully using it themselves!) My two year old will use the potty sometimes whilst he's at nursery (albeit with quite a few accidents, judging by the extra washing I bring home) but will only sit on it for a few seconds at a time. I'm hoping that reading this little book will help him to see that a potty can be fun and encourage him to show more interest in it at home.

                  This book might be helpful to read with slightly older children, particularly if they are getting upset about those inevitable little accidents. I think it would be quite reassuring to show that even Little Princesses have these sorts of accidents too! My two year old isn't quite at the point where he feels upset about weeing on the carpet though - other than being upset about having wet socks.

                  As well as the simple language, I personally love this book because of the clever illustrations. Tony Ross' books are always well-illustrated and this one is no exception with very funny images of the Princess and the Potty. I particularly like the bright red face when the Princess is sitting on the potty which parents of toddlers are bound to recognise as a sign of things to come! There is also an image of the whole household watching the Princess with obvious pride as she produces something on the potty. Having been through the potty-training experience once before with my eldest, I can admit that I never thought I'd be so proud and impressed by the sight of somebody else's poo as I eventually was! All of these little touches help to make this book a pleasure to read to my little ones and brings a smile to my face too.

                  I would recommend this to any parents of toddlers approaching the potty training stage or any little princes or princesses who aren't totally convinced about the benefits of using a potty. It's a fun starting point for talking about potties, if not a guaranteed lesson in how to use them.

                  RRP is £5.99 but it is currently available on Amazon for under £5 including postage and packing, with used copies considerably cheaper.

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                    16.11.2008 16:27
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                    a great story for parents and children

                    I bought a set of the little princess books from my daughter's nursery school last year, in the set there is 9 books and they cost me £9.99 although I know that they would of cost me more than that individually so I was pleased with my bargain purchase. The price on the back of the books are £5.99.

                    I knew my daughter would love these as she loves watching little princess on the tv.

                    I want my potty which is the book i'm reviewing is by Tony Ross and the illustration's inside are lovely, the book I have is slightly different than the picture shown above, my daughter's copy is red with blue wording.

                    The story is about the lttle princess coming out of nappies and trying to be potty trained, it takes some time but eventually she finds it to be fun and learns to use it.

                    One day while she is playing at the top of the castle she realises she needs her potty and screams out "i want my potty" which creates panic in the castle. The next few pages shows everybody crying out "she wants her potty" in turn ....maid, king, cook, gardener, general then luckily the admiral finds it. Then the potty is rushed back to the princess by the maid but unfortunatly she wasnt quick enough as the princess has already had an accident!!

                    The story is great for any child going through potty training, it certainy shows them that it's easy to learn and more importantly that it's ok to have accident's along the way.

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                      worth a read, but we wouldn't buy

                      My son and I got this book from the library yesterday, so it was free for us. The version we got was a board book, retail £4.99. It is a widely available book both online and in stores. My son is just under 6 months old. I imagine that the target range for this book is slightly older - around 1 1/2 -2 years when potty training becomes more of a topic.

                      Construction
                      The book is made from thick board which, despite being a library copy, shows very little sign of wear and tear. The book is 21cmx21cm which is a reasonable size for the target audience to manipulate, though too large for my son.

                      Content
                      The book contains simple illustrations against a white page. The illustrations are less bright and contain more paler colours than many children's books. The storyline contains repetition from the queen and the princess which the child can join in with. I feel that the admiral and general are probably concepts which may not be understood by young children, though the illustrations assist. I feel the "I want" selfish part of the princess may not be a good example for children, but I'm probably being a boring grown up there.

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                        a great book to help with toilet training!

                        Having been through toilet training with my elder daughter, and going through it at the moment with my younger one, I have found that it is always good to find a decent book which helps to deal with the subject. 'I Want My Potty' is one such book! It is written and illustrated by Tony Ross, and is part of his Little Princess stories (which are televised on Channel 5's Milkshake) and certainly deals with the subject in a humourous way.

                        In 'I Want My Potty' we meet the character of the Little Princess, and at the beginning of the book she is just at the stage where she is beginning to think that nappies are rather disgusting - in fact she thinks they are 'YUUECH!' The queen tells her that 'the potty's the place' but the Little princess thinks that this is even worse! So much so that she throws quite a big tantrum, and there is a wonderful picture shoing this with the Princess's face as red as it could possibly be! The queen insists on the potty being the place though, and as we go through the book, we can see that the princess is beginning to learn.

                        She soon decides that the potty is fun and there are some very amusing pictures showing the princess using it for many things other than its main purpose! For example, in one picture she sits on her crown and puts the potty on her head! Another time it looks like she is using it as a chariot! But basically, what we are seing is that she is starting to come to terms with it and even starting to use it for its proper purpose!

                        Towards the end of the book the little princess is playing at the top of the castle when all of a sudden she realises that she needs her potty...rather urgently! She calls for it at the top of her voice and then there are a whole series of pictures showing the maid, the king, the cook, the gardener and the general all shouting 'she wants her potty!' Finally the admiral says that he knows where it is, and it is floating on the water with all his toy boats. The potty is taken very quickly all the way to the top of the castle but, you've guessed it.....just a little too late!

                        Both my daughters and I really enjoy this book and think that it treats the topic of toilet training with a lot of humour (and you definitely need this when you are going through it!) It is one of those stories which has a really simple text, but it is when you look at the pictures that you gain the whole story, and it is these pictures that provide a lot of talking points. For example, the looks on the little princess's face in many of the pictures tell so much. Her fury at first when being put on the potty, followed by looks of intense concentration and determination when actually trying to do a wee! The picture at the end when the potty has not quite arrived in time show a very sheepish looking princess.

                        I do find the illustrations quite interesting, because in most books aimed at toddlers you find that generally the pictures are very cute and sweet. This is definitely not the case with the little princess series. In fact some of the characters depicted are verging on the grotesque, with bulging eyes, long pointed noses and scarlet cheeks. However, they are funny and both my daughters really enjoy looking at them.

                        Although I think this was a useful book to help my daughter think about going on the potty, and she did find it funny, I don't think it's the best book if you want to actually go through the process of using the potty and ultimately going to the toilet. We had other books which certainly did that better. But reading this one alongside some of those others really did seem to help the process! I also quite like the way that the story ends with a little accident, because this helps to then talk about the fact that this doesn't really matter - and accidents will happen, even to little princesses! My youngest daughter likes to pretend she is the little princess when she goes and sits on her potty these days too!

                        So, overall, I do think this is a useful book to look out for when you are starting to embark on potty training, if only for the fact that it will make you all laugh! It is published by Collins and my paperback copy has a RRP of £4.99.

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                          04.02.2007 21:18
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                          A fantastic children's book

                          'I want my potty' is a fantastically humorous book for all of you going through the sometimes nighmare experience of potty training!

                          ~ The author / Tony Ross ~

                          Tony Ross went to Liverpool's School of Art and is a prolific writer and illustrator of children's picture books. The books listed below all deal with social and emotional areas of childhood learning and are a great resource to use with children dealing with any of the issues:

                          I want my Mum
                          I want a sister
                          I want my dinner
                          I don't want to wash my hands
                          I want to be .....

                          ~ The story ~

                          In short it's a tale of potty training featuring a little princess who is absolutely fed up with nappies:

                          "Nappies are YUUECH, there MUST be something better!" said the little princess.

                          In response to this, her Mum, the Queen shows her a potty and tells her that this is the place!

                          Initially the princess thinks that the potty is even worse than nappies but with great determination on the Queen's part she is forced to sit on the potty and learn.

                          Then begins a humorous look at what happens during this potty training:
                          * sometimes the potty is too far away for her to get there on time.
                          * she thinks it would be funny to sit on her crown and use the 'empty' potty as a crown.
                          * sometimes she just plain falls off the potty.

                          Finally the little princess grows to love her potty and relishes the praise everyone gives her when using it.

                          But..........one day she was playing at the very top of the castle and screams "I WANT MY POTTY!"

                          So begins a huge rush from the maid, who passes numerous members of the household who all begin to shout "She wants her potty!"

                          The maid eventually finds it, the admiral had been using it as one of his toy boats......as quick as a flash the maid runs back to the top of the castle with the potty but it arrives ....................a little too late!!
                          Let's face it, even princesses can have accidents now and then.

                          ~ The illustrations ~

                          For children, these are very bright and bold, set against a white back drop and therefore very appealing.
                          The things that the princess does with the potty will make children giggle.

                          For adults who have gone through the experience of potty training their little ones, the illustrations are particularly amusing so it isn't dull reading for you!

                          * The facial expression and the redness of her face when doing what needs to be done on the potty are great.
                          * The way that she proudly shows her 'produce' to all and sundry, who have to look gleefully on is so reminiscent and true of potty training toddlers.
                          * I love the 'L' plate on the back of the potty.

                          These are just a few examples of the very witty illustrations Tony Ross depicts in this book.................he really must have gone through this with his own daughter to be so 'spot on' with his ideas!

                          ~ Price and where to buy ~

                          'I want my potty' has been published by the following:
                          Andersen Press Ltd
                          Kane / Miller Book Publishers
                          Magi Publications

                          My paperback copy (ISBN: 0-00-662687-4) cost £3.99 about 10 years ago but for great bargains try www.amazon.co.uk

                          Hardcover used and new from £1.25
                          Paperback used and new from 1p (what a bargain!)
                          Boardbook used and new from 1.78

                          ~ Conclusion ~

                          The trials and tribulations of potty training are described with great humour. It is guaranteed to make all frustrated parents and confused children see a funny side to potty training.

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                            23.06.2006 11:35
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                            Another good book in this series

                            I want my potty

                            First published in 1986, this was a great favourite of all 3 of my children, although I have to say that Little Miss enjoyed it far more than the boys did! I first read it way backing 1991 when the eldest was being potty trained.

                            It’s one of those books which hasn’t dated- after all, children will always need to be potty trained and when they are in the process of this training, they do like to hear stories of other children going through exactly the same thing.

                            THE STORY

                            As with all of my book reviews, I will include a brief synopsis of the story so that parents and carers can gauge the appropriateness of the book for their own child.

                            The story starts with a little princess expressing that nappies are “YUUECH!” Great word which children like to repeat and the think of their own nappy descriptions. She wants something better so her mum, the queen tells her that she must start to use a potty.

                            At first, she hates the potty but mum is adamant and the little princess hadto learn to use the potty.

                            There are times when this potty training almost gets too much or the little princess like when it is a long way from her when nature calls there is a great picture of the princess fleeing across the room with a look of desperation on her face and the potty just in sight but elusively far away.

                            After a while, the potty becomes fun, and the little princess loves it, especially when everyone tells her how clever she is.

                            However, all is not plain saiing, and one day when she is playing at the topof the castle when…”I WANT MY POTTY!” Even the teddy looks hocked, and his hat bounces off his head, which tells Little Miss that she must be shouting very loudly.

                            The cry makes every one galvanise into action… the maid, the king, the cook, the gardener and the general all jump but it’s the admiral who knows where it is (tied to some boats in the sea).

                            The potty is taken as quickly as possible to the princess but it’s just “A Little too late”. We always liked this picture, because even princesses can have accidents and there she is standing in a puddle with a rather shame faced expression.

                            THE ILLUSTRATIONS

                            The illustrations are bright and cheerful and certainly do appeal to children because they are amusing and not overly “busy”. The people also have great expressions ad when the princess looks angry, she looks really angry.

                            All of the illustrations take a full page with the text (usually only one sentence) written underneath the picture. This actually makes the picture the main focus, which is fine, because even looking at the pictures, children can tell the story.

                            The author of the book does have a very distinctive style of illustrating children’s books and has illustrated lots of them! If you and your child enjoy the illustrations, check out some of the other books he has illustrated such as all of the Horrid Henry books, written by Francesca Simon, and the Dr. Xargles books

                            OTHER BOOKS BY THE SAME AUTHOR

                            I want my dinner
                            I want my mum
                            I want a sister
                            Oscar got the blame
                            I want to go home
                            I want my dummy




                            WHAT I THOUGHT

                            I think this is a great book to read to young children, especially when they are being potty trained. At the age of potty training, they won’t understand the text unless they are exceptionally bright, but they will understand the message…when I need my potty, I need it NOW!!!

                            Parents and careers will, as I did, recognize the sheer panic on the faces of the adults in the story as they try to g the potty to the small person as quickly as they can before there is an accident.

                            Because it features a princess, it is possibly more appealing to girls (as I found out in my house), but boys and girls will recognize the humour. Some of the illustrations in particular will appeal to all children, for example, the L plate on the potty, once explained, will be a source of amusement.

                            In my opinion, this is a definite for your bookshelf, and should become a favourite, especially if read alongside some of the other similar books. They all have very little text on each page, and so very young children can read the story to you and so gain in confidence.

                            PRICE, AVAILABILITY AND OTHER INFORMATION

                            My copy is published by Picture Lions, ISBN 0-00-662687-4.

                            I have seen this for sale on www.amazon.co.uk, starting from 1p so at this price, the postage costs won’t make it more expensive than buying new.

                            Thanks for reading

                            Daniela xx

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                              21.06.2006 22:25
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                              We're all potty about this book!

                              Tony Ross is a brilliant writer and illustrator, well that's my opinion, anyway! I read this book to children when I was a nanny, to my own nieces and nephews and ny own sons.
                              As with all good preschool books, there is a recurring phrase throughout the story. In this case it's "The potty's the place!" which is the advice given by friends and family of the little princess featured on the cover. How big an impact does this book have on children? Well, years after potty training when our Jack Russell was a puppy and pooed on my best trainers, it was my sons who hysterically laughed and told him "The potty's the place!" and they were aged 9 and 11 then! (Not that he took any notice.)

                              The princess features in other stories by Tony Ross, including "I want my dinner" which is a lovely little lesson in the importance of good manners.

                              "I want my potty" is available in paperback priced around £3.99. When you're dealing with a toilet training toddler, this could be the light hearted approach you both need!

                              And if you haven't got kids, read it anyway! Great fun.

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                              Nappies are YUUECH! said the little princess. There must be something better. This is a hilarious account of royal potty training which aims to amuse young children and help their parents.