Does a Bulldozer Have a Butt?

Chronicle. May 2022. 40p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781452182124.
PreS-Gr 1–A gender neutral child and father are walking to school. The child’s first-person narration indicates that there are always questions, because Daddy always knows the answers, and today’s question is about butts. “Does a scarecrow have a butt? Yep, you stuff him with a straw one. And does a crayon have a butt? Nope, but it can surely draw one.” The child asks about every single thing and the dad answers yes in a short funny manner, not always meant to be taken literally. This pattern repeats until the end of the book. The text is simple and stands out, but the wordplay may work better with first graders than younger children. As for the illustrations, there are butts in clouds, on billboards, in apartment windows, in tree branches (formed by leaves), and it’s really quite a feat—a book about nothing more than butts. The neighborhood is diverse; the child and the father have brown skin.
VERDICT Yes, a bulldozer has a butt, in this comical read-aloud for children who love humor on the edge.

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