Title: Too Big for Diapers
Photographer: John E. Barrett; Stylist: Danielle Obinger; Art Director: Laurent Linn
Okay, I understand the need for books that familiarize a pre-potty-trained toddler with what she (and her parents) are about to be put through. But there's something slightly unsettling about these books. Maybe it's the 3-D puppet photography in Too Big for Diapers, with baby Ernie frozen forever mid-squat pulling his pants down, then celebrating by t.p.-ing himself (tellingly, you can't quite see if his pants are all the way back up or not because of the toilet paper). Maybe it's the beautifully illustrated page in The Potty Book-for girls that, before my babygirl cared if I actually read the words as printed on the page or not, I paraphrased as, "Oops! I peed on the floor!" Yeah, that must be it.
[ed. note: the whole potty training experience is bizarre enough without muppet babies. Remember Elmo asking kids to join in his suicide pact in his potty book?]