Boy have I got something for you today. Now, admittedly, I am usually not the greatest fan of books that have anything to do with bums, backsides, pooh, farts or anything related to our sitting muscles, but after reading the blurb of today’s offering (and finding out that the author and illustrator are from New Zealand – hooray!) I decided to take a chance.
Today’s offering is titled I Need A New Butt by Dawn McMillan and Ross Kinnaird and after satisfying myself that it was not some kind of new-fangled exercise program aimed at fleshlings possessing large posteriors, but rather a picture book for the mini-fleshlings, I decided to give it a crack. (Pun intended).
What do you do when you notice your bum has a big crack in it? Start looking for a new one, of course! The protagonist of this story is a young lad who needs a new bum to replace the (obviously broken) one that he currently owns. His imaginative quest recounted in rhyme takes him through a whole series of wildly spectacular but not entirely practical candidates, until he realises that this cracked-butt business may in fact be occurring at epidemic proportions – his Dad’s butt has a crack too!
Read it if:
* you have a boy (or manchild) in your house suffering from a crack in the bum area
*you enjoy books about embarrassing body parts
*you can see how a robotic butt fitted with extra hands could be both stylish and practical
*you would do anything to reshape the bottom you currently own (including selling your pet dog)
Surprisingly, I actually really enjoyed this book. The rhyme was spot-on, the illustrations are hilarious and the story had a nice narrative flow. Normally, as I said, I’m not the greatest fan of bum books because the story can veer off into that particular category of ickiness that should only really be enjoyed by eight-year-old boys, but I Need a New Butt is both non-icky and quite inventive. For instance, the main character tries out a range of new bottoms, and carefully considers their pros and cons before refining his choice. For exapmle, after realising that a bum made out of a chrome car bumper would be nice to look at and useful (for the headlights), it would probably be too heavy to carry around every day.
This book is going to be a hit with kids in the picture book age range, and, it must be said, with the dads of the kids in the picture book age range who get to read it aloud. Overall, I think it’s a fun, cheeky option for those who like this kind of content.
And, to add my two cents worth, if I had the option of a new butt, I would definitely want one that does this:
* I received a digital copy of this title from the publishers via Netgalley *