- Book Style: Educational storybook for children and toddlers
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Cartoonish, fun, modern
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
- Author: Monique T. Joseph
- Purchase Page: http://www.moniquejoseph.com
I Did it, I Did It: Zoie Learns to Potty is an extremely cute (and educational) storybook for children. The book is written by Monique T. Joseph, whose story is about Zoie and her attempt to learn how to use the potty. At the beginning of the book, we meet Zoie and her loving family. We learn that little Zoie has eaten a ton and now her stomach hurts. As a result, her parents offer her a chance to learn to use the potty; Zoie takes full advantage and learns the joy of a toilet in comparison to a diaper. In the end, you and your child will witness the excitement Zoie has as she learns this new skill.
For readers of our blog, you know just how much I love books with an educational basis. This book is educational by nature, as it tries to teach toddlers and children all about the toilet and what it’s used for. The story also attempts to teach kids that they will enjoy the process of going to the bathroom much more when they’re not using diapers any longer. I would call this a practical educational book, as it’s not trying to prepare children for a scholastic goal…although I suppose it’s pretty important to know how to use a toilet in kindergarten, isn’t it?
One of the things I like about this book is that it’s subtle in its approach to teaching. It’s not blatantly teaching a topic, and instead just introduces the idea of the potty being a great experience. Why I like this so much is simply because children will absorb the story and then want to have this same wonderful experience. While it might not be the very next day, children always come to the “great potty trek” on their own. This book simply helps them get there sooner rather than later.
Another thing that I love in books is when they have a rhythmic writing style. Our author does just that as she’s rhymed at least once per page (and usually twice). It allows us (as the parents) to read through with a bit of a pace and a song-like rhythm. This kind of writing always makes it easy to read and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how much it helps with your child’s absorption of information. Do I?
The illustrations in this book are very interesting. I can’t say that I’ve seen this style in a children’s book and I even struggled describing it with three words (see the top of the article for what I finally chose). The style is extremely fun to look at, and it’s extremely modern. As crazy as it sounds, I’ve seen this style most closely linked with large-budget video games (don’t believe me, check out Borderlands’ art). I don’t know how Monique has managed to illustrate the book this way, but it’s fantastic and it causes the pictures to absolutely pop off of the page. There is depth in the characters’ faces and the detail in the objects is sometimes hard to believe.
In any case, this book is a ton of fun. The absolute joy in Zoie as she learns to use the potty is alot of fun to read about (and to your child). The writing style and educational nature of the book make this an easy choice for us as parents, and the illustrations make the book very fun to look at for our children. All in all, this is pretty easy to recommend and it’s likely one of the best books we’ve reviewed here at Kids Fun Channel. It’s a complete package, and right now you can pre-order the book for $14.99 USD (Pre-Order) on Monique’s website. You should probably act now, because the price will jump to $16.99 once the book is fully launched.
PS. My bet is that this will be more effective than most potty training books out there. Just saying.
Until next time…smash, crash, and learn!