Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Tushy Book




The Tushy Book
by Fran Manushkin
ill. Tracy Dockray
unpaged
picture book

The Tushy Book confused me a little bit. I wasn't sure who the intended audience was. The cover is adorable with a touch of sparkle to attract little girls. However, the title and subject matter are a bit more appealing to boys as they think they are getting away with "potty talk". True, tushy is a nicer word than what most kids generally would use, but it is still a funny word for little kids to say. The illustrations are cute, but I wasn't too impressed with the overall story. The author did make a point of showing that people and animals all have tushies that serve the same purpose even if they look different: "Grown-up tushies, firm or droopy. Baby tushies, cute but poopy! Tushies dressed and tushies bare. Tushies, tushies, EVERYWHERE." A silly book to entertain small children with.

As a side note, is tushy even a real word? My spell check didn't seem to like "tushy" or "tushies".

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