BUM, BUM by Taro Miura


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Age Range: 1 - 3
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The rear end gets its moment in the spotlight.

A baby's backside might be the silliest part of the body that's fit to print, and this board book has a good time basking in its glow. The book shows bums of all sorts—duck, pig, elephant, and monkey (really baboon)—before getting to the grand finale with baby. Each derrière is described with an adjective (the duck’s is “fluffy”; the baby’s is “cute”). The same brown-haired, white baby is also the star of the concurrently published There, There, a board book that explores each animal's sound: “ribbit,” “cluck,” and so on. At the midway point of There, There, the baby begins to cry, and the animals start crying too. Snapping out of it, the baby comforts the animals with the “magic words,” "There, there." Both books are illustrated with bold, simple shapes rendered in a clean, limited color palette. The narratives are also simply put forth, presenting silly words that parents can play with in all sorts of ways when reading aloud to their toddlers.

An absurd but cute read that will have tots and parents alike giggling aloud. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Feb. 9th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-7636-8784-7
Page count: 12pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2016


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