Butt Book

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Make way for the butt!

Tall butts, short butts, round butts, flat butts.
Butts on mummies and butts on mommies.
Butts on giraffes and elephants and dogs and… FISH?

Yes, even fish butts are celebrated in this tribute to backsides, rumps, tushies, keisters, heinies, and ...

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Make way for the butt!

Tall butts, short butts, round butts, flat butts.
Butts on mummies and butts on mommies.
Butts on giraffes and elephants and dogs and… FISH?

Yes, even fish butts are celebrated in this tribute to backsides, rumps, tushies, keisters, heinies, and derrieres. Dozens of funny rhymes and pages of laugh-out-loud pictures pay homage to a body part that keeps kids and grown-ups giggling with glee.

Bottoms up!

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Editorial Reviews

Horn Book
A genial red-haired boy with an enquiring mind guides us through this good-natured hymn of praise to rear ends in all their variety. Rhyming couplets cover butt synonyms, characteristics, and raison d'être, as watercolor and scratchboard illustrations place us in scenes from art galleries to ancient Egypt to a fun fair. The text includes a few nods to natural history ("Patches found on baboon rumps / help them when they sit on stumps") or international usage ("In England, where they call moms 'mums,' / people call their buttocks 'bums'"), but the major point seems to be that butts make the whole world one. (Well, with the exception of snakes.) There are plenty of laughs here and not a single snigger as the matter-of-fact tone keeps the momentum moving right along. "Why do we have butts? Perchance, / a place to place our underpants?
The Bulletin
The text rattles on for a little too long without any particularly conclusive destination, but it's energetic, amusing, and yet largely tasteful, and the verse is reliably and rewardingly silly. Goofily drafted scratchboard figures, with a geometric regularity to the hatchwork that suggests linocuts, are tinted with softly regular shades that emphasize flesh tones and fanciful animal hues. Uses this for revving up the silliness anytime, or for bringing a health and anatomy lesson to a satisfyingly comic end.
Children's Literature - Sarah Knight
Aptly titled, The Butt Book, describes the body part that so many children find amusing. Along the lines of The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss, showing not only silliness but also rhyme sequence, The Butt Book illustrates the notions of opposites and subtle differences through a very important body part: the butt. The premise of this whimsical book is that the butt has been neglected as a topic, and it is this book's goal to give the butt the forum to be discussed. This book shows differences of flat and round, tall and small, stripes and spots. Despite being a book on butts, it offers unique information that young readers would enjoy including the following facts: snakes lack a butt and the skunks have a gland in their butt. Additionally, this book tells the purpose of the butt, how that without a butt we could not sit or swing. Of course, this text also gives the young reader different ways to verbalize or articulate the word "butt," including some international terms: tuchas, keister and derrriere. The illustrations in this text are quite humorous; cartoon drawings of people and animals demonstrate the humor of the butt and how people's butts can be humorous. Children will truly appreciate the humor in the writing and the pictures. Reviewer: Sarah Knight
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This rhyming book covers several aspects of various rear ends, with humor that's mostly on target for the intended audience: "Why do we have butts? Perchance,/a place to place our underpants?" The accompanying picture shows a boy wearing two pairs of underpants, the extra pair on his head. A little learning is lightly woven in: "Some names for butts have foreign flair:/tuchas, keister, derriere!" The lively and slick cartoons, done in scratchboard and watercolor, suit the subject matter. Unfortunately, the book states, "Eyes and ears are much respected, but the butt has been neglected," which isn't really true. The timing is such that this title comes on the tail end of a glut of butt books. If you already have Ayun Halliday's Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo (Disney, 2009) and Fran Manushkin's The Tushy Book (Feiwel & Friends, 2009), you may want to think twice about stocking yet another one.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
This paean to the posterior opens with the claim that, "[e]yes and ears are much respected, / but the butt has been neglected." It would be legitimate to wonder whether Bennett and his publisher regret this overconfident statement, publishing as it does in the wake of Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo, by Ayun Halliday and illustrated by Dan Santat, The Tushy Book, by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tracy Dockray, and the sublime Chicken Cheeks, by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (all 2009). But a contract's a contract, so here is yet another book about bottoms in all their glory. Rhyming couplets invite readers to regard animal butts and human ones, historical butts and modern ones, plain old American butts and exotic foreign ones. While it's normally a given that any mention of the word "butt" and glimpse of a naked cheek is enough to send preschoolers into gales of helpless laughter, one has to wonder if even they haven't become jaded by the butt glut. Lester's energetic watercolor-and-scratchboard illustrations can't lift this book above the rest. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599903118
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/22/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 281,020
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet 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.

You can learn markedly more than you'd wish to know about the author by visiting www.artiebennett.com.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    BUTTifully entertaining to my twin boys....

    There is nothing serious, life altering, or morally profound about The Butt Book, butt my 5 year old twin boys and I enjoy it everytime we read it! Hilariously clever in its simple rhymes! If you don't mind a little potty humor to get your kids to love books......(and these days we can use all the help we can get)buy this book! Your butt will thank you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

    My four year old son LOVES this book!!!! It is hilarious and my

    My four year old son LOVES this book!!!! It is hilarious and my husband and son enjoy it as much as our son! I just ordered six copies to give all his friends for their birthday! A must have book for a good laugh. It is sure to be a family favorite!

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

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    Coming from a family of all males I've heard a lot of butt jokes

    Coming from a family of all males I've heard a lot of butt jokes over
    the years. Both boys and girls will giggle over this silly, yet tasteful
    read. Adults will chuckle too! From the first pages delightful rhymes
    take you on a tour of a variety of butt facts. The colorful
    illustrations are silly with wonderful details. They are the perfect
    compliment to the words on the page. Informative and easy to read, you
    are likely to find yourself enjoying this again and again. Sure to be a
    favorite for your kids (and the kid in you!). Thank you to the author
    for a copy of this book to review.

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