Un-Forgettable Friday: The Butt Book by Artie Bennett; Illustrations by Mike Lester
October 1, 2010 in Bennett Artie, Elementary Educators, Making Personal Connections, Personal Connections, Picture Book, Preschool to 1st grade teachers, Rhyming Words, Shared Writing, six traits of writing, Un-Forgettable Friday Tags: Artie Bennett, Book Giveaway Contest, books for boys, funny picture books, Mike Lester
I was very excited when Artie Bennett contacted me about his hysterical picture book, The Butt Book, and we decided to do a giveaway. Then right after this, I saw a mom and her daughter returning this book at our local library, and I thought. . .This book is setting the world on fire! So, read on to learn about The Butt Book, and don’t forget to leave a comment on this post by Monday, October 4 at 8:00 p.m. for a chance to win your very own hard-cover copy! (You must have a U.S. or Canada mailing address!)
*Picture book, nonfiction, rhyme for preschoolers through second graders
*The butt (the body part!) is the topic.
*Rating: Artie Bennett’s clever rhyme and Mike Lester’s hilarious illustrations will have children and adults laughing and reading this book again and again. Let The Butt Book start or bring back a love of reading in your child or students.
Short, short summary: Here’s how this book starts: Eyes and ears are much respected./But the butt has been neglected./We hope to change that here and now./Would the butt please take a bow?/ From this introduction, children will learn different names for butts and how they come in various sizes. They will learn about animal butts–an eagle’s flies up high, you know–and about what we can do with butts. Can you imagine trying to sit without your built-in chair? Don’t miss this super fun picture book about butts by Artie Bennett, who has also written 101 Ways to Say Vomit. (I imagine boys are big fans of both these books, but don’t leave out girls. They love to be silly, too!)
So, what do I do with this book?
1. Have fun! If you are reading this in a preschool/elementary class, laugh along with your students. They will definitely get the giggles just hearing their teacher say, “Butt!” At home, read the book with your child, and look at how the illustrations and the text work together to inform the reader about butts. This is a book meant to be read over and over again by kids and by adults to kids.
2. Write a sequel about another body part as a class or at home. For example, you could write THE EYE BOOK or THE HAIR BOOK or even THE KNEE BOOK. Your class can make it rhyme or just brainstorm different facts and statements to put in the book. Once you get your text figured out during shared writing time, assign students different parts of the book to illustrate. Laminate the pages when they finish, and bind them together.
3. Are you teaching the six plus one traits of writing to your students or child (at home school)? This is the perfect book to teach the trait of word choice. Bennett’s language is specific and right on target for the tone and audience. He also uses a lot of synonyms for the word, “butt.”
Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post–(or a question for the author) for a chance to win The Butt Book! Oh, I almost forgot–it’s autographed by Artie Bennett, too.