If it's time to potty train, "Once Upon a Potty: Boy" (Girl edition also available), is your new best friend. For decades, Alona Frankel’s toilet learning classics have been helping parents and children conquer the developmental leap from diaper to potty. Narrated by his mother's voice, Joshua learns about different body parts and functions, and figures out what the potty is (and isn't) used for. This patient, loving and humorous Boy edition encourages children to learn through play and empowers parents and caregivers of all ages. Follow Joshua through his stages of discovery, and enjoy the many delightful hidden audio surprises throughout the story.

Explore the Story:
- ENCOURAGE literacy skills with highlighted narration
- LEARN new vocabulary with tappable words and pictures
- SING-ALONG with two music modes: The Potty Song and Sing-Along
- ENJOY delightful, hidden sound effects and original scene-by-scene music score

Designed for children ages 1-4

Companion "Once Upon a Potty: Girl" application is also available!


The Reviews Are In:
- Editor's Choice - Children's Technology Review
- Featured in "5 Apps Designed to Make Potty Training a Breeze" - LilSugar
- Adapts well to the iPad, integrating amusing sound effects, interesting use of page transition and even a sing-a-long. - Kirkus Reviews


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Official child matters media licensed App:
"Once Upon a Potty," "Joshua" ™ & ©2011 Alona Frankel. All rights reserved


What’s New

Version 2.8.0

- updated to latest codebase for improved compatibility
- bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Columbia Reader ,

Classic story

I've been reading the printed version of this book with my son for over a year. The app is a nice adaptation of the same story. It would be nice to have more sound effects...a flushing sound, meowing for the cat, etc although my son thinks it's great to keep tapping the "poo poo" and have the little boy repeat the word. I thought the potty song was a little hokey....but it's turned out to be a big hit in our house now and we all find ourselves singing it.

yllwngold2 ,

Potty training review

The story is great but I think I was looking for Joshua’s grandma to get him an actual mini potty, not something that looks like a pitcher...seeing Joshua with an actual potty makes a world of difference....other than that the story is ok.

cameral hermit ,

not an ad, but an updating news/review window.. anyway: this is THE BEST

the previous reviewer didn't understand what they were seeing there: it is simply a changing window that previously had a REVIEW ME option, and now sometimes recommends other developer apps; Oceanhouse Media gives us some of then set apps anywhere, and to call them unethical is a joke! Grow up, and keep enjoying this terrific, classic Joshua potty learning title: fun, humorous, respectful, smart, delightful, evergreen.. We love it!!

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