CaptCliff Reviews Dora the Explorer’s Potty Book

As a Ph.D. in Crapology, I was asked by unnamed sources (ok, my neighbor) to review this book. After carefully reading and analyzing both the Potty Book and the 40 plus comments of “end users” on Amazon, I conclude that Dora’s Potty Book is a mixed bag in the genre of toilet training literature now available. It appears that the accompanying “toilet button” with simulated flushing sound is a most useful visual and auditory aid, but that many readers found it to be insufficient in its overall sound volume and occasionally unreliable for their tykes in training. A similarly polarizing aspect was the rather intense Dora the Explorer market branding/product placement approach taken by the publishers and copyright holders whereby readers are led directly to the vast collection of related consumer accessories including the Dora reward potty chart and brightly patterned soft potty seat. Apparently, Dora the Explorer is the Ron Hubbard of toddlers in training as many reviewers were quick to note that their young charges would practically “do anything” Dora told them to do. Indeed, would they jump off a bridge if Dora told them to and is there any chance this is some kind of covert cult or “sleeper cell” in training? Is this Simon and Shuster’s form of subliminal programming and hypnotic induction, ala The Manchurian Candidate utilizing the book and flush button to create a dangerous cohort of future book buyers and/or assassins who will one day rise up in mass and take over Barnes and Noble by storm? Pure paranoia you say? Perhaps, but one should not underestimate the powers of persuasion and the overall political and economic capital that a united bloc of Dora devotees could exert now or in the near future both on the potty as well as in the voting booth. That being said, I personally found the book to be excellent as well as very “stimulating” bathroom reading. I plan to use it regularly, if I can manage to go regularly, dammit, along with my more adult bathroom reading such as Josh Richman’s What’s Your Poo Telling You?


About captaincliff

Psychologist by day, insomniac Pirate blogger by night, this Child of God likes to share sarcastic social commentary as well as topsy-turvy observations about life, love and the pursuit of zaniness, a functional form of insanity in an increasingly insane world
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