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 somehwat 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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