Saturday, March 05, 2011

The Butt Book by Bennett and Lester

The Butt Book by Artie Bennett
Illustrated by Mike Lester
Copyright 2010
Bloomsbury - Children's (Ages 4-8)
32 pages

Eyes and ears are much respected,
but the butt has been neglected.
We hope to change that here and now.
Would the butt please take a bow?

So begins The Butt Book, one of the funniest children's books I've read -- and there is nothing I love more than an excuse to laugh. The Butt Book is just plain silly. I read it to my cats and I read it to my husband. My husband snickered pretty much all the way through. Fiona took it very seriously:

The spread above is the second page spread. In case you can't see, it says:

Buttocks is the formal name--
and no two buttocks are the same.
Butts can come in every size.
Some will droop and others rise.

The Butt Book continues with a "celebration" of backsides, including words for bottoms used in other cultures, pictures of animal rear ends, and descriptions of the heinie's usefulness (don't worry -- nothing disgusting), including a nice padding to sit upon. The illustrations are as hilarious as the text and delightfully bright and cheery.

By far my favorite part of The Butt Book (shown here on the back cover, although it's also a page inside the book):

Why do we have butts? Perchance,
a place to place our underpants?

Any mother of little boys has probably seen this view a time or two. Both of my boys thought it was hilarious to pretend their underpants were hats. Believe it or not, that image brought back fond memories. I loved The Butt Book and so did everyone else I showed it to, although one of them yawned a lot. But, Izzy needed her nap desperately. Cats make excellent audiences, awake or not, if you're lacking in small children. Many thanks to the author for sending me a copy of The Butt Book, which will find its way into the hands of a little tyke of my acquaintance!

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  1. lol This sounds like a lot of fun!

  2. It's a hoot, Kelly!

  3. I'm sure my son would have loved this book!!

  4. Kathy,

    I'm sure mine would have, too. I've been tempted to keep it in case of future grandchildren, but I decided it really needs a little boy, right now, so I'm going to pass it on to someone I know with a little boy.

  5. I LOVE the Butt Book, and am so buying this for my best friend's seven year old!

  6. Zibilee,

    It's such a fun book. I'll bet that 7-year-old will love you for it! :)

  7. Haha! I love that The Butt Book brought back fond memories for you :p I was prone to wearing underwear on my head too as a child :p Hell, people still wear them on their head in public as adults during Mardi Gras, lol...One of the coveted throws from floats are panties...which never seemed odd to me until I just typed that sentence, lol. And it never fails that when people catch them, they go right on their heads. LOL.

    By the way, I ADORE that picture of Fiona reading the book, lol!! I just love your household so damn much :p

  8. Ohmygosh, Chris, that's hilarious! I had no idea underwear was thrown at Mardi Gras. It shouldn't surprise me, though. LOL

    Aw, thanks. Our poor kitties . . . they get so sick of being photographed, honestly. I appreciate how nicely they put up with me *most* of the time. :) I wish you could see the pic I took of Kiddo playing peek-a-boo with Isabel. It's so cute!! But, I'm not allowed to post Kiddo pics online, anymore. I've been forbidden. Sigh.

  9. Hee hee! Both of my brothers were BIG fans of under-roos as hats. This sounds like such a fun book!

  10. Rosemary,

    I'd like to say it's a guy thing, but I must confess I did the underwear on the head thing to entertain little ones, on occasion. LOL It's a very fun book. I hope the little boy I'm giving it to loves it!!

  11. HAhahahahaaaaa! Greyson has to have it for his collection. That's just the kind of family we are. lol

  12. Andiloo,

    Oh, yes. I do believe you need a copy. :)


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