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I Have to Go

Cover of "I Have to Go" - a comedic children's book based urinary indecision.

Andrew learns the trouble it causes when he falsely communicates a need to pee, then wets himself.

Full Review

Andrew’s parents keep asking him if he has to ‘go’. When it is appropriate and easy for him he says “no”, but once in the car or in bed, etc. he abruptly announces, “I have to go!” Of course, his parents rush frantically to keep him from wetting himself.

Your choice to introduce this story to children depends on his or her approach to ideas. If you are confident that, overall, your child tends to take ideas seriously then this story is just a amusing focus on a minor problem. It’s just humor, relax.

On the other hand, I Have to Go focuses on the least sophisticated aspects of a subject that has a number of important elements to it. Bladder control requires that a child recognize and acknowledge internal signals. As such, it is an early exercise in introspection —an important, totally ignored aspect of a child’s education. The necessary self-control, and the self-esteem ‘potty training’ brings, involves a certain, rather obscure, intellectual development. Just ask the twelve year old child who is still wetting their bed.

In its disregard for the more serious issues, I Have to Go appeals to the low-minded perspective popular with average eight year old boys. That hardly qualifies it as a book worthy of one’s home library.