I need a new Bum
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.