Lionel Poops

From the Series Lionel

  • Interest Level: Preschool
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

A positive and practical board book that encourages potty training with humor and affirmation. Featuring a mischievous little lion called Lionel.

In this pithy board book series, the overenthusiastic, impulsive Lionel tests his daily routines to their limit—in Lionel Poops, cheerfully trying all sorts of places to poop before ending up proudly on the potty.

Lionel is bouncing on his trampoline when all of a sudden he needs to poop. Where will he do it? On some cows! No, Lionel, no! On the Eiffel Tower! No, Lionel, no! Lionel thinks of many inappropriate places but eventually poops on his potty. Well done, Lionel!

Cheeky toddler lion Lionel learns about looking after his own body. His mischievous grin puts the reader instantly on his side, and the tolerant voice of his adult helper provides an amused commentary. Lionel’s absurd attempts to use the potty will have young children laughing out loud at his funny facial expressions.

Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who are potty training or as a tool to introduce the idea of using the toilet and ditching diapers.

This small and sturdy board book is just right for toddlers’ hands making it ideal to read with a child while they are on a potty.

The Lionel series introduces developmental milestones with humor, mischief and gentle guidance. Series includes Lionel Eats All By Himself and Lionel Is Just Like Dad.

“Resistance is futile.” School Library Journal

Éric Veillé was born in France and studied at the Duperré School in Paris. He has since released many books, as author and illustrator, including Encyclopedia of Grannies and My Pictures After the Storm.

Translated from the French edition by Daniel Hahn.

Praise for Lionel Poops
“The story is sublime in its simplicity, and the humor will delight its intended audience…Potty training has never been so much fun.”—starred, Kirkus Review, Best Board Book of 2022

“A hilarious choice for stressed parents and carefree tots.”—School Library Journal

“A primer in how to develop a love of humor and the absurd in young kids.”—Children’s Books Ireland

“The perfect combination of text and image, with repetition and humor for parent and child alike.”—Youth Services Book Review

“Sturdy and brightly coloured and will appeal to its toddler audience, while adults will enjoy the amusing depiction of toilet training.”—ReadPlus

“So subtle, young ones won’t realise they are being taught a lesson.”—Kids’ Book Review

“This clever, comical adventure of early learning will have all the family giggling and guffawing through Lionel’s misadventures!”—Lancashire Post

Praise for Encyclopedia of Grannies
“A completely bonkers, gleefully silly guide to grandmothers of all stripes.”—School Library Journal

Praise for My Pictures after the Storm (3 starred reviews)
“A terrific little book that will amuse all out of proportion to its size.”—Wall Street Journal

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Interest Level Preschool
Reading Level Grade 1
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Gecko Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 26
Publication Date 2022-08-02
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039170, JUV009120, JUV002150
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.3333 x 5.3333
Lexile 210
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author, Illustrator: Éric Veillé

Éric Veillé was born in 1976 in Laval and studied at the Duperré School in Paris. While working as an artistic director in publishing, he decided one spring day to devote himself to writing and children's book illustration. He has since released many books including The Bureau of Misplaced Dads.

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A funny board book series, in which an overenthusiastic, impulsive lion embraces toddler life with gusto, testing his daily routines to their limit. Funny and affirming books covering toddler milestones, such as potty training and eating by yourself, in which the voice of a patient adult View available downloads →


  • Kirkus Best Board Book of 2022, Winner, 2022


School Library Journal

“A hilarious choice for stressed parents and carefree tots.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“The story is sublime in its simplicity, and the humor will delight its intended audience as well as the[ir] caregivers . . . . Potty training has never been so much fun.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews