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Bye-Bye, Diapers (1991): Hello, Fun!

Ellen Weiss, Bye-Bye, Diapers (Golden Press, 1991)


Miss Piggy in a sandbox. Need I say more? photo credit: ebay

Miss Piggy in a sandbox. Need I say more?
photo credit: ebay

It never occurred to me quite how weird it is to have kids’ icons going on about toilet training until we got an Elmo’s Potty Time video and I heard Kevin Clash’s squeaky falsetto talking about pee and poo. But man, now that it’s occurred to me, I see it in every potty-themed piece of media we own that features well-known kidlit stars. In this case it’s Miss Piggy who’s happy to be out of diapers. (While I thought by 1991 we had all that behind us, disposable diaper users take note that Miss Piggy and her mom were cloth diaperers and you may get questions about why anyone would be sticking safety pins near their baby’s butt from older, more inquisitive youngsters.) Once you get over that oddness, this is about as good as any other potty book we’ve read; the little rhyme/song towards the end will make poets, or aspiring poets, groan, but I have to admit it’s quite memorable, especially if you hear it in your head in Miss Piggy’s voice, and everything else in the book is in simple, declarative statements that are easy for toddlers to understand. One for your toilet-training arsenal, though it won’t be the only thing you have there. ** ½


About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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