Thursday, July 29, 2010

Potty Animals

As an illustrator, sometimes I read picture books and wonder how I would tackle certain subjects. This book certainly had me thinking! Who would expect to create a hand-lettered toilet paper title in their career?

The inside is as good, if not better than the cover. I swore the art was gouache, but it is beautifully handled digital art. There are adorable lessons on bathroom etiquette for all little ones just learning to use the potty. Valeria Petrone's illustrations are so fun and charming - even the bubbles of gas! Hope Vestergaard's writing is fun and informative - just the right words chosen for a delicate (but funny) subject.

A special thanks to my friend (and library 'concierge'), Jen, for pointing this gem out to me.


Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

This looks so cute Gina! Love the toilette paper type! Hee.. And those characters are beyond adorable.

You are right, some themes are challenging. I'd love to find this book. So cute. Thanks for sharing!

Tracy Bishop said...

Thank you so much for this book recommendation. I first got it because I love the illustrations. But it's also a timely book in my household. My son is pretty much potty trained but he constantly needs reminders about potty manners. The good thing is he LOVES this book and all I have to say to him these days is "Wash your hands! You don't want to be a Potty Animal, do you?".