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Literature / Have You Seen My Potty?

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Have You Seen My Potty? is a children's picture book about a girl named Suzy Sue (who also features in Achoo! and A Bed of Your Own!).

She uses her potty every day (which is treated as very important) but one day the animals on the farm take it because they think it's useful, and she goes around asking the animals if they've seen her potty, only they don't know the word for "potty".

Have You Seen My Potty? contains examples of...

  • Girlish Pigtails: Suzy-Sue has a pair tied with purple, polka-dotted bows.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Suzy-Sue has blonde hair and is portrayed as a very polite, innocent little girl.
  • Nature Tinkling: Subverted. Suzy Sue eventually prepares to pee in the grass, but receives her potty just in time.
  • Nearly Normal Animal: The animals are almost normal despite being able to communicate with Suzy Sue, the goat walking on his hind legs once, and the cow being able to read. It is unconfirmed if Suzy Sue Speaks Fluent Animal or if the animals are Talking Animals.
  • Neat Freak: The animals. They have an aversion to pooping/peeing outside and make it clear that they only use the outdoors as a toilet because they have to.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The only real reason the animals didn't hand Suzy Sue the potty when they were finished with it was because they didn't know the word for "potty".
  • Potty Emergency: Everyone has one in this story. Suzy-Sue's need for her potty is described as "important", the animals at one point say they’re “nearly desperate” and the sheep even flat-out says “I have to pee”.
  • The Protagonist: Suzy Sue is ours.
  • Rousseau Was Right: Despite the cow being described as "rotten", she and the others are willing to share.
  • Serious Business: "Who had something really important to do".
  • Toilet Humour: The whole situation is Played for Laughs.