As the parent of an 8-year-old long out of potty training (thank goodness) I was brought back to those heady toddler days with a bump on reading this clever, well-written book. Ruby’s Potty chronicles little mouse Ruby’s voyage of potty discovery – from her initial encounter with the strange pink plastic object to her final potty epiphany when she uses it correctly for the very first time. The meticulously written, pacy, rhyming text, imbued with lots of gentle humour, is perfectly pitched for younger children (2+). Both Mummy and Daddy are involved in Ruby’s training, which is commendable, and there is a definite beginning, middle and end to the story, sadly lacking in many picturebooks for this younger age group. Each page is carefully designed to appeal to young readers, with one or two lines of large text well positioned on the page, and bright, colourful graphic illustrations which very successfully bring each of Ruby’s scenes to full-blooded life. From cover to cover, this is a very attractive book and a welcome addition to the much-needed potty training library of first experience books. Ruby has her own website (www.paulandemmarogers.com) and the added photograph of the ‘real’ Ruby on the front endpaper – the author and illustrator team’s young daughter – is a nice touch. Highly recommended for any exasperated potty-training parents and their offspring, and good fun for all.