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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Like all little children, Monkey Bandit has a lot to learn. It’s all part of growing up. One of the more sensitive issues (at least it’s sensitive to adults), is the issue of potty training. Monkey Bandit uses the garden in the backyard as his toilet. His family wants him to use the potty, his very own potty, indoors. He doesn’t understand and wants to continue using the backyard garden. At least, that is, until he notices a dog using the backyard garden for just that purpose. That’s when he realizes that using the garden in the backyard is unacceptable. In fact, Monkey Bandit was embarrassed when he realized that he was doing exactly what the dog was doing. He had learned his lesson.
Maria Ellis’s simple little picture book story, Monkey Bandit Goes Potty, is a valuable teaching tool for very young children. It helps them relate to the simple, culturally acceptable manner of relieving oneself and the importance of personal hygiene. We seem to take it for granted that young children will catch on quickly to the concept of being potty trained. But it’s not always the case and this book will help the resistant youngster learn the importance of this particular training. Seeing the young Monkey Bandit realize that what the dog does in the backyard garden is not what he should be doing, young readers will be able to easily associate with this lesson. A cute story with charming, colorful illustrations. This will not only appeal to young children, but with a dash of humor it will also help teach them the importance of potty training.