Hi, I'm Tim Wade
I'm an Australian (with some UK + USA ancestry) and I live in Singapore. I'm a husband to Lydia and father to Zoe. When Zoe was nearly two, I wanted a potty training book to read to her that I would also enjoy reading over and over (and over) again. So I wrote this. And I dug into my psychology background to utilise some structures that would aid learning too. And it worked! I'm sure you'll love it as well.
Potty! Potty! Potty!
Welcome to Pottyville
Pottyville is a place that makes potties. And they have a prophecy of a great poo, finally worthy of their potties. Billy Bottombomb thinks he has that poo. Or does your child have that poo...? The story shows Billy transitioning to using a potty, inspiring your child to want to do the same. Beautifully illustrated and fun to read, I think you and your child will love it.
There are four secondary characters who appear throughout the book: a monkey, a star, a butterfly and a panda. Ask your child to look out for them as you read. The idea is that when you both enjoy reading the book together, your child will choose this book to read with you. And that way they also repeatedly learn the lessons within.
Fascinated by poo
I conducted a number of readings with children in daycare, preschools and community centres. While the children were attracted to the vibrant colours, they were particularly fascinated by depictions of a child in diapers, of pictures of poo and of the two children using the toilet. I think they're fascinated because it might be the first depiction they've ever seen of someone experiencing exactly what they experience.
Ending with a Rhyme
All these elements make it interactive, engaging, and fun to read together with your child, and to reinforce the message of transitioning to using the potty.
I know you'll love it as much as I do.
Watch videos of people reading Billy Bottombomb or commenting about the book.
Watch Mike Podolinsky read Billy Bottombomb
Watch young readers read the back cover
How to pronounce some weird and wonderful words in the book...