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Presenting… “The Straight Poop on Potty Humor” (from 2017)

If you spend any amount of time with kids under, say ten (dear god, I hope it stops after ten…), you are undoubtedly waist deep in potty humor. Here’s one of my kids’ favorites:

Knock knock!

Who’s there?


Europe who?

Hey! You’re a poo!

Actually, it was funny the first time we heard it. And I would take this joke over some of the other things I have to listen to.

Why is potty humor so funny?

Horn Book executive editor Elissa Gershowitz, mom to a four-year-old and a seven-year-old, decided to wade in to find out. She sucked me into the investigation, as something of a (self-proclaimed) toilet training–book expert (qualification: mother of two successfully trained potty humorists, now seven-and-a-half and eight-and-a-half). After thoroughly digesting a smorgasbord of books about the potty and flushing out some not-crappy books on the subject, we offer you: “The Straight Poop on Potty Humor” from the May/June 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Humor.

Does this pass the smell test? Who knows. But as Elissa concludes, “sometimes parenting is all about going with the flow.” And I would add, flushing the damn toilet.



About Kitty Flynn

Kitty Flynn is consulting editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

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