Saturday, February 22, 2014

Jadoul, Emile.  ALL BY MYSELF!   Grand Rapids, MI:  Eerdmans Books for Young Readers., 2012.  25p.   ISBN 978-0-8028-5411-7;  hc., $14.00    PreS    EP

Depending on a parent’s outlook on potty training, this small toilet training tale illustrated with an appealing penguin family will be either pleasing or somewhat appalling. Little Leon wakes his mommy and daddy up with a request to go potty every night, sometimes twice. Mommy and daddy are portrayed with bleary-eyed weariness. When mommy encourages Leon to get up during the night to go potty like a big boy, Leon reluctantly gets up on his own. Leon is so excited and proud that he wakes his parents to announce his great feat. Although cute and well done most parents are happy to be awakened by their progeny rather than change a wet bed.
Barbara Ward, Dickinson County Library, Children’s Librarian, Retired

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