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by Tedd Arnold, K. Gilson (Editor)

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First, his hair started falling out. Then skin started peeling from his toes. Some stuffing came out of his belly button, and a piece of something gray and wet-his brain?-fell out of his nose. Is this normal? Or is this boy coming unglued? With a perfect combination of humor and grossness, this look at one boy's farfetched fears will have readers laughing their heads


First, his hair started falling out. Then skin started peeling from his toes. Some stuffing came out of his belly button, and a piece of something gray and wet-his brain?-fell out of his nose. Is this normal? Or is this boy coming unglued? With a perfect combination of humor and grossness, this look at one boy's farfetched fears will have readers laughing their heads off!

"A zany, ultimately reassuring take on something that may indeed be a child's bugaboo." -Booklist

( 1999 Colorado Children's Book Award
( Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Masterlist

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Barnes & Noble Staff
Oh no! A little boy discovers that his body is falling apart! Already, at age five, he finds two hairs in his comb. And the lint in his bellybutton? Certainly that means his stuffing is coming out! Perhaps if he sneezes, he will lose his head. Luckily, the boy's farfetched fears are allayed by his parents. Arnold's cartoonlike rhymes will have readers in stitches.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this humorously askew look at the body, belly-button lint leads a five-year-old boy to believe he's falling apart. "I stared at it, amazed, and wondered,/ What's this all about?/ But then I understood. It was/ My stuffing coming out!" Each discovery increases the narrator's anxiety. Strands of hair in a comb arouse thoughts of premature baldness; "a chunk of something gray and wet," fallen from a nostril, is identified as "a little piece of brain." (Attempting to find answers, the young hypochondriac pores over a stack of books on gray matter, including a "Book of Marbles" for those losing theirs.) The boy's parents insist that nose goo and flaky skin are normal, but their solemn reassurance is met with a gross punch line: "Then tell me, what's this yellow stuff I got out of my ear?" Whimsical cartoons, in warm watercolor hues and texturized with squiggles of colored pencil that resemble the boy's decreasing hairs, show the narrator in the foreground and his worst fantasies in the background. The subject matter, despite its potential to be disgusting, is treated as funny but commonplace. Trying to make sense of one's "parts" is a common childhood concern, and Arnold's (No More Water in the Tub!) comical hyperbole will set children at ease about fears they might hesitate to share. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Imagine you are just a young kid and when you see some fluff in your bellybutton, its panic time, because of course all of your stuffing must be coming out. Arnold in his own inimitable style with a bug-eyed big headed kid goes over all the concerns of growing up and the accompanying loss of hair, skin, and teeth. Our young boy's parents, parenting manual in hand, reassure him that its all normal and there is nothing to fear. It is funny and some kids will be reassured while the more sophisticated ones will be amused.
Kirkus Reviews
Arnold (The Simple People, 1992, etc.) cashes in by grossing out the picture-book set in this story in rhyme, which kids with rough-and-ready sensibilities will relish and fastidious adults will shun, for the same reasons.

The goggle-eyed narrator has noticed that he loses hairs, his skin peels, and a tooth is loose, not to mention his discoveries of belly-button lint and nose yuck. He comes to the alarming conclusion that he's going bald and toothless, shedding his skin, losing his stuffing, and his brains are leaking out his nose. His parents reassure him that all these lost parts renew themselves. His response: "That's really good to hear! Then tell me, what's this yellow stuff I got out of my ear?" Stupid, silly, and base, in equal measure, this has watercolor illustrations that are textured with colored-pencil curlicues in such a way that they look hairy—like the tangles that clog a shower drain.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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8.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.13(d)
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3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Born in Elmira, New York, Tedd grew up in a family of six with three brothers. His family lived on a farm in Pennsylvania for several years then returned to Elmira until Tedd was ten years old. His father's work then required that they move to Gainesville, Florida. There, Tedd's first art lessons in an abandoned dentist's office over the Happy Hour pool hall eventually led to a fine arts degree from the University of Florida. He and his wife, Carol, started their family in Tallahassee where Tedd worked as a commercial illustrator. Carol, a Kindergarten teacher, drew Tedd's attention to children's books. Their first son, Walter, inspired his breakthrough picture book, No Jumping on the Bed!. His second son, William, now stars in No More Water in the Tub!, a sequel to his first book. He has now published more than 30 books as author and illustrator. When not working on his books, Tedd's interests include tennis, sketching, reading, coin collecting, and the computer.

"The inspiration to begin writing and illustrating for children came from my wife, Carol. As a kindergarten teacher, she collected picture books. I was attracted to their colorful pages and the way the words and pictures played with each other, much like the captioned cartoons I had drawn when I was young.

"Perhaps the biggest surprise of my career as an author is that I'm now going back to elementary school! Visiting young readers in classrooms and libraries is something I love. Kids keep me on my toes and they ask a lot of questions. The number one question seems to be, 'Where do you getyour ideas?' It's also the hardest question to answer because every idea is different. Some ideas seem to pop out of thin air -- while I'm in the shower or walking the dog. Others come from reading or research. But most of my ideas come from my family and the things they do and say.

"For instance, one time when my first son, Walter, was five years old, I found him lying on the couch, looking pale as a ghost and clutching a Bible to his chest. He was praying! When I asked what was wrong, he wouldn't answer. In fact, he wouldn't even open his mouth. My wife, Carol, finally coaxed a response from him: he pointed inside his mouth. Carol exclaimed, 'You have a loose tooth!' Walter's eyes nearly popped out with fright. We quickly assured him that it was perfectly okay for his tooth to come loose and that a new one would replace it. But Carol and I looked at each other and realized that despite all our efforts to be good parents, we had somehow completely forgotten to warn Walter that teeth fall out! He had thought he was falling apart! I made a little note in my journal; then ten years later, I expanded that memory into my book Parts."

Tedd Arnold lives in Elmira, New York, with his wife, Carol, two sons, Walter and William, two cats, Cody and Frankie, and one dog, Hershey.

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Parts 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
ivery18 More than 1 year ago
This is my sons favorite book! He really enjoys when I read it to him
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been my son's favorite book, and More Parts is wonerful as well. The catchy rhythm of the text makes repeated reading fun and easily remembered! I highly recommend this book, series and author to anyone looking to hook readers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a favorite among my kindergarten classes and has been year after year. This is definitely a book to keep on your shelf for years!
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I can actually say that I enjoyed reading and re-reading this book to my grand daughter. A child's imagination is brought to life and gives voice to questions I am certain my children entertain. Very cute and creative.
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i thought this book was pretty good it was to easy to read a i only read it for idiom
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asclady7001 More than 1 year ago
This is a funny story and my son loves it. He is learning to read it himself.
M-Geezy_Yea More than 1 year ago
This book was hilarious. But at the end I kind of do a little gag! :P
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is HILARIOUS! Great for young kids who wonder about their body - simple things. I HIGHLY recommend it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favorite books to read to my class OR to my son. I never get tired of reading it, and they never get tired of hearing it. It is a very clever, entertaining book that readers young and old can enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a future Bilingual Teacher I will use this book and the others 'more parts' and 'even more parts' to teach about idioms in a funny and interesting way ... great collection to keep in ESL and Bilingual classrooms!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very fun and it teaches children all kind of their body in an interesting way. Kids never get bored with it and even adult will laugh when they look at it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book. It is my all time favorite story to read to my children and I've bought it several times to give as a gift. This is a funny story with a wonderfully funny ending. My children never tire of hearing it and I never tire of reading it to them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My boys love this book. The illustrations are fantastic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of our favorites. Tedd Arnold does an excellent job of bringing rhyming text, brilliant illustrations and a hilarious subject matter together. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read this book I remembered the way that I perceived some of these same happenings. I thought how funny it seems now and how serious it was then. It's nice to know that I wasn't the only one who saw things the way that I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a fun book- especially for doctors and their kids! This hypochondriacal little boy is like a miniature version of a Woody Allen character. My little girl (who was born with an intact sense of humor and a fascination with the human body and its inner-workings)loves it. This book would be fun for anyone who admits they have a body, and accepts that the body isn't always fully cooperative.