Dinosaur Vs. The Potty
written and illustrated by Bob Shea
(Hyperion Books for Children) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library
The second in the Dinosaur Vs. series finds Dinosaur battling lemonade and splashing in the sprinkler while not having to go to the potty. My favorite battle is when Dinosaur takes on the three juice box lunch and still doesn't have to use the potty. Through each battle, you know that eventually Dinosaur is going to have to go. It would be fun to read Dinosaur Vs. The Potty and have students try and predict at which point the potty will win. A big part of the charm of the Dinosaur books is in Bob Shea's writing. You have to read it out loud like a 4 or 5 year old boy who is playing by himself and having pretend battles. This books plays like a parody of monster movies from my childhood. While you certainly could use this book for help in potty training with preschoolers, I think another good idea would be to read it as part of a writing activity with K-2 students. You could make a list of different childhood issues that could compete with Dinosaur and write a class book using one of these ideas. For example, Dinosaur Vs. Homework could be a book. "Dinosaur versus math problems. Dinosaur wins!". Dinosaur Vs. Lunch Time could be another book. "Dinosaur versus opening a milk carton. Dinosaur wins!" The Dinosaur books are big read aloud hits that will have your students roaring with delight.