BREASTS by Genichiro Yagyu


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Age Range: 5 - 7
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Following the success of Taro Gomi’s Everyone Poops (1993, not reviewed), this is a similarly direct picture book from Japan, and more crudely done. Laughing at two children who think he’s wearing a bra, a hefty man explains that it’s only a belt over a tank top, then launches into a brief, patchy question-and-answer that covers the physical development of breasts (in women), nursing—“When a baby grabs hold of the breast and sucks on the nipple (glug glug glug), milk flows from it”—and why most people don’t remember much of their babyhood. The two-color illustrations depict a series of mostly bare-chested men, women, and children, drawn with thick black lines and filled with a garish orange. Enlighten curious children by sharing relevant passages from such guides as Robie Harris’s It’s Perfectly Normal (1994) instead. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-916291-88-X
Page count: 28pp
Publisher: Kane/Miller
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 1999