“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

I need a new Bum

BumWritten by: Dawn McMillan

Illustrated by: Ross Kinnaird

Published by: Libro International

Age: 3 – 6 years

Theme: humour, a dilemma

Opening sentence: I need a new bum! Mine’s got a crack. I can see in the mirror a crack at the back.

Synopsis: (From Amazon) What to do when you need a new bum? Should you get one that’s blue or yellow spotted? A rocket bum that’s all fire and thrust, or a robo-bum?

The options are endless – but wait, Dad’s bum crack is showing too? Maybe this is contagious.

This is a great book to read to kids – or on your own. The hilarious rhymes from Dawn McMillan and delightful drawings of Ross Kinnaird are guaranteed to raise a smile.

Why I like it: Written in first voice, in playful humorous rhyme, a young boy’s dilemma at discovering a crack in his bum. Gotta love that kiwi humour! Ross’s colourful eye popping illustrations add to the giggle as kids turn the pages only to discover they are not the only ones with a crack bum, or in need of a new one. I saw this for myself as I used a couple of the pictures as drawings for a colouring competition. (See my next post on what I got up to last weekend and how this book was such a hit.)

Resources/Findings:   About the author…   http://www.dawnmcmillan.co.nz/about.html

Interesting that the word bum had to be changed to butt for the USA/Canadian market. Apparently they would think we were referring to needing a new homeless person instead of part of the human body.   See on Dawn’s facebook page….   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dawn-McMillan-Author/393872304000922

Here is Ross’s website. Love what he does for kids and getting them interested in drawing and writing….   http://rosskinnaird.blogspot.co.nz/p/about-me.html

Do what we did and have a colouring competition.   Ask kids to write down ways they could solve the dilemma, write a story about it.

Pop over  and visit the lovely author, Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.    Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with books reviewed by many authors.

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About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young.
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15 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

  1. Hahaha! What a title and cover! I can’t imagine any kid passing this one up! Hope I can find it. Thanks, Diane!

  2. This looks hilarious!!! Kids will love it for sure!

  3. Darlene says:

    Perfect for kids and those who think like kids! I love it.

  4. This looks like a laugh a minute! Kids will giggle and giggle!

    • Can you imagine a class full of kids reading this…haha… The author has another book called “Why do dogs sniff bottoms?” Just shows titles are just as important as the rest of the book. Eye catching and begs to be opened…. :) Thanks Penny.

  5. Laughed my bum off when I saw the title and cover of the book. Such a silly book, but also one that makes kids feel go about their bodies with a sense of humor.

    • LOL… Oh my Pat. You made me laugh. Sometimes when it is hard to explain why things are the way they are, it’s best to let the kids come up with their idea of what it could be or ways of changing it. Amazing what comes out of mouths of babes, or in this case kids big and small. Sure to make an amusing book.

  6. I NEED to get this book! :D

  7. cassam101 says:

    I bet boys love this book and they get to say ” bum”

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