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Lulu's Loo - Camilla Reid

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Camilla Reid / Hardcover / 16 Pages / Book is published 2010-06-07 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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      13.03.2012 13:09
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      An endearing depiction of a little girl learning to use the potty.

      FORMAT: Hardcover

      PRICE: £6.99 (or £5.17 on Amazon)

      LENGTH: 16 pages

      SUMMARY: Aimed at little girls. 'Lulu is given a special present by Mummy - her very own potty. Lulu does her first wee-wee in the potty. Soon she's sitting on her potty everywhere - in the kitchen, in her bedroom, in the playroom, even in the garden! Then Lulu graduates from wearing nappies to wearing big girl knickers and using the big toilet, with a few tiny accidents along the way.'

      MY VIEW: I'm going through the whole potty training thing with my 2 and a half year old daughter now and, in the lead up, I've bought a number of books to get her used to the idea. Last week, I took her into Waterstone's to choose a book - it took a while, with her not really going for anything I suggested. Finally, I picked up this one (yet another potty training book) but she immediately wanted it. She's already got quite a few potty books, but far be it for me to ever deny a child a book they want (especially one that might give yet another push towards the toilet!).

      My view - this is actually the best child-focused potty book I've seen so far. Looking online, it seems that Lulu is an existing character and there are other books in the Lulu series (such as Lulu's Shoes, Lulu's Clothes, This is Lulu etc - so what I'd assumed was a name made up simply for the amusing purpose of calling the book Lulu's Loo can't have been the case!). What I love about this book (from a parent's perspective) is that, for once, the potty isn't used as a boat, a fancy flower pot, a hat etc. Lulu's mum gives her the gift, Lulu loves it and then proceeds to sit on it in the garden, in the playroom etc. Finally - a toddler who's depicted actually using a potty for its intended purpose. Whilst I'm prepared to be quite laid back about the whole toilet training thing, it still irks me that so many books feature kids using potties in a variety of unsavoury ways. I don't really want to put into my toddler's head that it's okay to use her potty as some weird sort of Vivienne Westwood style hat.

      The book is wonderfully illustrated - Lulu herself is cute and endearing and the colour palette is lovely. Also, it's incredibly tactile. The potty is a squidgy pink material. There are tabs to lift - and a nice fabric skirt that Lulu wears which your toddler can lift to discover that she's wearing big girl knickers underneath. Finally, after mastering the potty (and having a few accidents, which are represented by fabric knickers hanging on a washing line), Lulu manages to tackle the toilet. Even there, it raises a smile - 'Not too much toilet paper Lulu' with a pull down flap to represent the toilet roll sheets!

      My little girl loves this book and I love it because it seems to go through the whole toilet training process in a logical way - it ticks every box I'd want it to (practising sitting on the potty, little accidents, wiping, and finally making it onto the big toilet) but also engages my child. So what more could you want?! So far, she's taken quite well to wearing knickers and talks about Lulu. She's by no means trained, but I do feel this book is helping steer her in the right direction.

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