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I just don't know what's going on Or why it has to be But every day it's something worse What's happening to me? So begins this uproarious new story from the best-selling creator of No Jumping on the Bed!,Green Wilma, and other popular books. The young narrator has discovered a disturbing trend: There's fuzz in his belly button his toes are peeling and something just fell out of his nose. The last straw is a loose tooth, which convinces him of the awful truth his parts are coming unglued! Parts deals with a ...
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I just don't know what's going on Or why it has to be But every day it's something worse What's happening to me? So begins this uproarious new story from the best-selling creator of No Jumping on the Bed!,Green Wilma, and other popular books. The young narrator has discovered a disturbing trend: There's fuzz in his belly button his toes are peeling and something just fell out of his nose. The last straw is a loose tooth, which convinces him of the awful truth his parts are coming unglued! Parts deals with a subject of deepest interest to every young child: the stuff our bodies shed. Parents will appreciate the reassuring message that it's all quite normal, while Tedd Arnold's comical illustrations and rhyming text are guaranteed to make young readers laugh their heads off.

A five-year-old boy thinks his body is falling apart untill he learns new teeth grow and hair and skin replace themselves.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803720404
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 225,741
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Posted January 7, 2013

    This is my sons favorite book! He really enjoys when I read it t

    This is my sons favorite book! He really enjoys when I read it to him

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    This has been my son's favorite book, and More Parts is wonerful

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    very cute and very funny!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2010

    Enjoy a book while you read to a child

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2010

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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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  • Posted April 15, 2009

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    Great Book

    This is a funny story and my son loves it. He is learning to read it himself.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

    THUMBS UP!

    This book was hilarious. But at the end I kind of do a little gag! :P

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

    GREAT Book and Gift

    This book is HILARIOUS! Great for young kids who wonder about their body - simple things. I HIGHLY recommend it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2007

    Hee-Larious!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2005

    Terrific!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2004

    This is an excellent book!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2002

    Hillarious!

    My boys love this book. The illustrations are fantastic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2002

    Donna Rowland, Mom of 3

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2000

    Extremely entertaining for kids age 3-100

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2000

    A book to remember your childhood

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2000

    Yuck-phobics, beware

    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.

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