cover image Dry Days, Wet Nights

Dry Days, Wet Nights

Maribeth Boelts. Albert Whitman & Company, $14.95 (1pp) ISBN 978-0-8075-1723-9

As the title intimates, this reassuring tale is aimed at bedwetters. Little Bunny (LB) doesn't want to wear diapers at night anymore. His mother explains that when his body is ready, he'll stay dry, but agrees to let him ``see what happens.'' A round of ``wet nights'' ensues, through which LB's parents maintain their composure, assuring their tearful, discouraged offspring both through words and their calm reactions that he's perfectly normal and shouldn't worry. Sure enough, one morning LB finally wakes up dry, and he and his parents celebrate. Though slightly wordy, the text flows pleasantly, and Boelts's point is gently, rather than overbearingly, conveyed. Parkinson's pen-and-wash illustrations are filled with amusing touches (Mama Bunny shows up at LB's bedside in robe and--what else?--bunny slippers), and LB is particularly likable, a fetching hero for the aspiring diaper-free. Ages 4-6. (Mar.)