Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Review: The Butt Book: Written by Artie Bennett, Illustrated by Mike Lester

Celebrate the hieny!  Applaud the tushie!

Did we enjoy The Butt Book?  I have two boys, need I say more?

Well, maybe I should, considering this is a review.  Forgive me if I giggle.  The Butt Book is a picture book that kids, especially boys, will love.  When I asked The 5 Year Old if he wanted to read The Butt Book, his answer was a resounding, "YES!" 

We were entertained, seeing all the different kinds of butts (big elephant butts and tall giraffe butts) and things butts can do (butts sit and butts boogie).  We also learned the irreplaceable value of butts:  without a butt, one could not sit on a bicycle! 

As much as we moms don't always like to admit it, boys love butts, farts, burps, slime, dirt, bugs, and anything that smells or sounds funny.  If this is what makes boys laugh, there should be more books like this one!  Sure, we would all be happy if our children wanted to learn about the History of the World, and Rocks and Minerals, but they find butts funny.  I learned a long time ago not to get uptight about such subject matter; as long as my boys are reading, I'm a happy and proud parent!  First comes The Butt Book, next comes Captain Underpants or The Day My Butt Went Psycho...and, sure enough, we have graduated to Harry Potter.  Next, War and Peace.  See?  It all works out.  Get them loving books first, then curtail the butt jokes later...or not.  I'm still trying to work on my husband, who insists that farts are the funniest thing.  **sigh** 

Let me assure those skeptics out there.  The Butt Book is funny without being vulgar.  There are no fart jokes!  If butts could be cute, Artie Bennett and Mike Lester created a book just for the cute butts of the world.  My son especially liked the Eagle's flying butt.  The rhyming was engaging and the illustrations were bright and cheerful!  The Butt Book is a winner with me and, more importantly, The 5 Year Old! 

I couldn't have said it better than the Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz:

   "[The Butt Book] is fun for fun's sake...and that's what reading should always be about!"

Disclosure:  A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

About the Book:
Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (December 22, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599903113
ISBN-13: 978-1599903118

About the Author:
Artie Bennett is the executive copy editor for Random House Children's Books and he writes a little on the side (but not on the backside!). He's the co-author of 101 Ways to Say Vomit, for those who enjoy a good "gag," and the author of The Dinosaur Joke Book: A Compendium of Pre-Hysteric Puns. He enjoys the three B's: birdwatching, botanizing, and bike riding. He's been butt-besotted since stumbling upon the word "callipygian" at age three. He lives with his wife, Leah, in the bowels of Brooklyn.

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

Oh yeah, I'm sure my son would have loved this one!

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