It Hurts When I Poop!


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Howard J. Bennett, MD practices pediatrics in Washington, DC and lives in Maryland with his wife, two children, and three dogs. In addition to his books, Dr. B writes articles for the KidsPost section of the Washington Post and has a column in Jack and Jill magazine called "Life is Gross." Visit him at and follow him on Facebook: @HowardJBennett.

M.S. (Michael) Weber is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago. His illustrations appear in children's magazines and books, including Harry Goes to the Hospital and It Hurts When I Poop!, and online at He lives in Chicago with his family.


iParenting Media Award Winner

"Written by a pediatrician, the fictionalized text creates a positive partnership between children, parents, and physicians to practice healthy eating and digestive habits....this book would be welcomed by parents who face a similar situation or in doctors' waiting rooms."—School Library Journal

"He seemed especially enthralled by the story of Coyote Bill and we began using the metaphor often, encouraging our son to 'become the boss of his poop.' Within a week of getting the book, along with the help of some stool softener, our son’s fears diminished and he began pooping normally again to everyone’s relief! A year and a half later, this is still a favorite book of my son’s."—Addison Reads

"Every child with toilet training trouble should see this book!"—Allison Schonwald, MD, Pediatrician, Harvard Medical School, author of The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potty Training Problems

"It Hurts When I Poop! is a wonderful book. My daughter runs a little slow, digestion-wise, and is prone to tummy aches when she holds everything in. Dr. Bennett's story provided her with knowledge about her body, confidence in her intelligence, and a plan to remedy the situation. I heartily recommend Dr. Bennett's smart, playful treatment of a frustrating problem."—Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of The Bowl is Already Broken

"This is a terrific book that will help children overcome the fears they experience with using the potty. I highly recommend this book and think it will be enthusiastically received by parents and children alike."—Teri Crane, author of Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day: Proven Secrets of the Potty Pro

"At last, someone has provided parents with a fun-filled, non-threatening approach to help children who hold in their bowel movements. Dr. Bennett’s book will be a permanent fixture in my waiting room."—Benny Kerzner, MD, Chairman, Department of Gastroenterology, Children’s National Medical Center

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