Battle of the Butts: The Science Behind Animal Behinds by Jocelytn Rish, illustrated by David Creighton-Pester


Battle of the Butts: The Science Behind Animal Behinds by Jocelytn Rish, illustrated by David Creighton-Pester. Running Press Kids, 2021. 9780762497775

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format:  Hardcover

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? This fact-filled book shows some of the more abnormal things animal behinds can do, from the obvious discarding of waste, to allowing manatees to submerge in the water, acting as shields, defensive techniques, communication, food intake, and even shelter! It was very informative without crossing the line to completely disgusting. The child is invited to rate each animal as “boring backside”, “passable posterior”, “cool caboose”, “remarkable rump”, or “terrific tushie”. The clear, simple illustrations bring it all to life (without getting too foul).

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children 5-8 years old

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books or nonfiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Vicky Tandy, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA

Date of review:    September 21, 2021

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