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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
Books on childhood milestones are always popular. Justine Avery’s new book, You Can’t Wear Panties!, is a fun, unique twist on potty training for girls. Unlike most potty training books, this one focuses on the goal of wearing something other than diapers. This chant-along book has only two repeating sentences, which works perfectly. The illustrations by Kate Zhoidik add humor and charm to the book. The first sentence shows a picture of something or someone who can’t wear panties, followed by a page showing our proud little girl wearing her panties in all kinds of unique ways. Girl power is definitely on display!
Justine Avery has expertly captured the joy of a toddler who has completed potty training. She can now confidently wear big girl panties! Kate Zhoidik’s illustrations are a soft wash of color. Her rosy-cheeked toddlers and babies are charming. As a former children’s librarian, I can easily picture how much fun kids will have chanting the phrase “No - You can’t wear panties” at storytime. Kids will laugh out loud at some of the things that “can’t wear panties.” I especially enjoyed the picture of the fish in the bowl. The simplicity of the text will also work well for beginning readers. You Can’t Wear Panties! is a book of celebration for those who can now wear big girl panties and might also serve as motivation for those just beginning that potty training journey. Parents and kids alike will enjoy reading and chanting along with this marvelous book!