Book Review: Even Firefighters Go to the Potty

I came across the book Even Firefighters Go to the Potty: A Potty Training Lift-the-Flap Story while searching for some fun potty training books to help get LittleBrother over this last hump. Or, rather, we hope it’s the last hump. He’s close… ish. The book is by Wendy and Naomi Wax and was illustrated by Stephen Gilpin. It’s an easy-to-read, easy-to-follow and fabulously illustrated book that will likely keep the attention of the potty training age group.

The book itself is not all about firefighters. The front cover and first two-page-spread feature a firefighter. The rest of the book features other people that young children tend to think are cool: police officers, baseball players, construction workers, doctors, astronauts, waiters, pilots, train engineers and zoo keepers. Each page features a scene in which a character has gone missing because he needs to use the potty. The firefighter example finds the other firefighters scrambling to the truck to respond to an alarm but the firefighter who drives the truck is missing. Where could he have gone? Lift the flap… he’s using the potty because even firefighters go to the potty. Rinse repeat with all of the other characters.


LittleBrother thinks this book is hilarious. He loves lifting the flap, announcing where the character in question is and giggling at the absurdity of it all. That, of course, might be the problem. I really think he might believe the book is absurd, a fictional tale about adults going to the bathroom. Of course, that’s not the fault of the book. LittleBrother is just silly.


You might have noticed my heavy use of the masculine pronouns. The only female who uses the potty (shown washing her hands, which is another great point to teach with) is the doctor. Everyone else is male. I mean, I’m all for women being doctors but, really, they could have thrown in one more mail, don’t you think? That negative aside, the children and adults in the book have a variety of different skin tones which is something we always like to see in our books. Win some, lose some, I suppose.

One final and big bonus of this book for both parents and children: the strong, durable pages. They are glossy and have a coating that I would liken to plastic but, trust me, it’s not plastic. If you go to test the pages to find out if they can rip, trust me, they can. The good thing that is unless you’re actively trying to rip the page to write about it in a review, you’re unlikely to rip it. Even LittleBrother, zealously lifting the flap so that he can laugh at the silliness of it all, hasn’t yet ripped off a flap or torn it at all. That’s a big selling point for me when it comes to books like these!

So, yes, we’ve been reading a lot of Even Firefighters Go to the Potty around these parts. That and another funny book (How to Potty Train Your Monster) have become bathroom reading staples. And, really, anytime reading staples as of late. Hopefully they help LittleBrother decide that using the potty isn’t something just to laugh about and he makes the final journey into underwear. I think it’s soon. Or, rather, I hope it’s soon.

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5 Replies to “Book Review: Even Firefighters Go to the Potty”

  1. I need a book with lots of girls. I’ve been trying to convince Kate that everyone poops, on the potty even. I honestly don’t think she believes me.

    Maybe I’ll check out that monster book. Although nightmares are also a bit of a problem right now, so maybe not.

    I hate potty training.
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  2. If it’s any comfort whatsoever, I have absolutely zero recollection of the presumed travails involved in potty training our two now-grown-up sons. I’m pretty sure though, that it was one of the things (along with nursing, and sleeping through the night) that our very wise pediatrician assured me would resolve before the kid left for college.

    Hang in there!

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