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Thursday 13 May 2010

Review: Nappy Duck and Potty Piggy

Title: Nappy Duck and Potty Piggy

Author: Bernette Ford

Illustrator: Sam Williams

Publisher: Koala Books

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781905417001

For ages: 2 - 4

Type: Picture book

About: This book is largely responsible for toilet training my daughter and I fully intend to use it soon in the hopes of training my toddler son!

The story is about a Duck who realises that nappies aren’t great and that he wants to be a grown up like his friend Piggy and learn to use the potty.

The book doesn’t explicitly teach toilet training, but through the characters of Nappy Duck and Potty Piggy, children can see that nappies are often wet and cold and that sitting on the potty is a nice way to pass the time. In fact for Potty Piggy it means he can spend valuable time looking at his picture book!

The writing and the dialogue are lovely and encourage parents to role-play the different characters. My only comment would be that I didn’t like Nappy Duck kicking her nappy across the floor, even though I understand the point the author is trying to illustrate here.

The illustrations for this book are absolutely adorable. It doesn’t get much cuter than a duckling waddling around wearing a little nappy.

A definite must for parents who are thinking of starting toilet training. This is a stress free way to introduce the process by reading about it with your child. I’m looking forward to recycling this story with my toddler very soon.

- this review by Sarah Pietrzak

This book is available online