Illustrated by Mike Lester
Bloomsbury - Children's (Ages 4-8)
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!