A fun potty training book to read with your toddler

I wrote this book to help my daughter transition from wearing  diapers or nappies to using the potty, and it worked wonders. I'd love for you to have a copy too. And for every copy you buy, we help build toilets for poor communities in Malawi. 

Tim Wade framed drawing

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.

Engagement Elements

I designed the book to be read repeatedly, and to be fun for both child and adult.

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.


Because repetition aids memory and recall (I remember this from the repeated instruction during my university degree in psychology), you'll want to read the book over and over again. So I've made the book fun to read with lots of humour especially for you. Just like how kids movies have lots of jokes for the adults watching, there's lots of subtle humour in my book that's there for you. So you'll enjoy reading it over and over again. You're welcome.

Ending with a Rhyme

Finally, the book ends with a song. Well, it's a rhyme, but you can turn it into a song. This is the final repetitive reinforcement and engagement element, through the power of rhyme and rhythm, that helps your child to remember to alert you when they need to use the potty or the toilet.

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.

Buy the book here!

Perfect as gifts too.


Hard Cover

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Hardcover (best for toddlers).

OH, AND... your copy will be

signed by the author! WOOHOO!

Note: postage will add a few more dollars since Tim will ship it from Singapore.

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Watch videos of people reading Billy Bottombomb or commenting about the book.

Watch RadioJoe read Billy Bottombomb

Watch Mike Podolinsky read Billy Bottombomb

Watch young readers read the back cover

How to pronounce some weird and wonderful words in the book...

By now you'll want to get your copy of this wonderfully fun and purpose-filled potty training book.

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