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My youngest son ( age 2) is beginning to use the toilet. I hesitate to call it potty training as that sounds a bit too much like a dog, and in all honesty I do not take a very active role. I ask at times if he wants to use the potty, but never push it and if he has an accident I generally do not make a fuss. (Although I do have to admit to shouting "no" when he took his step stool over, opened the silverware drawer and prepared for a pee over all my cutlery - I have absolutely no idea why).
But back to the book. I do like to encourage the children to use the loo or potty by showing them plenty of books and even a couple of dvds about this subject. As my son very much enjoys books with noise buttons, I thought this would be perfect. The book has 10 pages not counting title and copyright pages and is made of a very sturdy card. To the right of the pages is a plastic bar with 7 buttons which make various noises. I think the best of these is the toilet flushing sound which my son quite likes. He also loves the sound which is meant to be for washing up, but is a bubbling and squeaking sound with a picture of a fish. There are buttons with Elmo's voice saying "Elmo can use the potty" , "Lets try and use the potty", and hooray along with running feet and a spinning noise for loo roll. The pictures are nice enough too, bright and bold and well drawn.
All the same I was disappointed with this book. Rather than have Elmo use the potty, he runs about with his teddy asking if it has to go, holding it over the loo and washing its hands with soap and water. There is no mention of pee or poo, it just seems overly sanitised. The storyline fails to capture my sons interest, and I really do not think this is any use at all in encouraging children to use the toilet.
Although my son has little interest in the story he does love the buttons and will often sit and play with this by himself. He also quite likes the picture of the water going down the loo. I have given it 3 stars because he has had a lot of fun with it. But I am not certain if I am thrilled to have paid £5.50 to repeatedly hear "Elmo Can Use the Potty".
It did have very good reviews when I bought it so apparently other people like this book much better than I did. If a actual words for going to the toilet or pictures of the characters sitting on loo offend you, this book may be just right. But speaking for myself it wasn't quite what I was looking for.