Thank you to Sourcebooksfor the opportunity to review this title.

Part of any big kids’ growing up adventure is learning how to use the potty, and writer and illustrator Marianne Richmond wrote Big Boys Go Potty for little boys who are getting ready to take that big step(there’s also Big Girls Go Potty for your little princess). This book tells the story of a young boy who is a big kid in many ways…except he’s still in diapers. He works hard, has a few accidents, and eventually gets the hang of using the potty.


This was a great read for our family because our 2 year old is struggling with potty training. I had to smile when I opened the book; the main character has the same name as my son! My son got a kick out of it as well. My little guy paid close attention to the story and asked me a lot of questions. He was excited for the boy in the story when he went potty, and sad for him when he had an accident. My son didn’t immediately jump off my lap and run to the restroom (darn!), but I think if we read this book a few more times it will help with potty training.


I have been a big fan of Marianne Richmond since I reviewed If I Could Keep You Little on my other blog, Mom For Less. Big Boys Go Potty continues Richmond’s tradition of quality children’s books. Richmond’s soft illustrations make this book feel very warm and safe for children. Though this book is a little young for my preschool students (who are all potty trained), this was a great read for our family, and would be good for caregivers of young children as well.


If you are working with a young boy who is potty training, or you want to introduce the concept of potty training to your young son, I recommend picking up a copy of Big Boys Go Potty. I’ve never been let down by any of Marianne Richmond’s books, and I don’t think you will be, either!


Big Boys Go Potty is published by Sourcebooks and is 32 pages long.


I was provided with a digital copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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