Butts Are Everywhere

Putnam. Sept. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780525514510.
PreS-Gr 2–Kids love a little butt talk, and they get it in this title that takes on the universality of the bottom across nature. Stutzman describes butts, lists their colloquial monikers as well as scientific names, and goes on to assure us that all creatures have them. This is not entirely accurate, and educators may have a moment of cognitive dissonance trying to reconcile the idea of a “hindquarters” on a jellyfish or crab; they may be put off by a parallel between a butt and a “tooter” (the technical term for the end of a digestive tract). The target audience will likely not see this as a problem. Fox’s childlike drawings are a good complement to Stutzman’s narrative.
VERDICT Best shared in an environment where loud laughter and distracted side-talking is permitted. An additional purchase for most libraries.

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