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It Hurts When I Poop! a Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty


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Howard J. Bennett, MD practices pediatrics in Washington, DC and lives in Maryland with his wife, two children, and three dogs. In addition to his books, Dr. B writes articles for the KidsPost section of the Washington Post and has a column in Jack and Jill magazine called "Life is Gross." Visit him at www.HowardJBennett.com and follow him on Facebook: @HowardJBennett.

M.S. (Michael) Weber is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago. His illustrations appear in children's magazines and books, including Harry Goes to the Hospital and It Hurts When I Poop!, and online at Magickeys.com. He lives in Chicago with his family.


PreS-Gr 1-Ryan is a small boy with an increasingly large problem-fear of pain as he uses the potty has created both a mental and physical block. Understanding Dr. Gold eases the child's worries by telling him a story about Bill, a coyote who never cleans up after himself. Relating the idea of a house bulging with trash to Ryan's predicament allows the physician to enlist the boy to become the "boss" of his body, much as Bill becomes the boss of cleaning up his house. A pastel palette of watercolor and ink cartoons illustrates the dinosaur-loving child and his family. Simple, labeled diagrams depict the pathway of food through the intestines and into the toilet. Written by a pediatrician, the fictionalized text creates a positive partnership between children, parents, and physicians to practice healthy eating and digestive habits. A listing of foods and their impact upon digestion, a detailed program for children suffering from constipation, and a note to parents are appended. Although not a necessity for libraries, this book would be welcomed by parents who face a similar situation or in doctors' waiting rooms.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

At last, someone has provided parents with a fun-filled, non-threatening approach to help children who hold in their bowel movements. Dr. Bennett's book will be a permanent fixture in my waiting room. - Benny Kerzner, MD Chairman, Department of Gastroenterology, Children's National Medical Center

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