|Battle of the butts : the science behind animal behinds|
Author: Rish, Jocelyn
Butts are used for breathing, eating, swimming, talking, and even killing in the animal kingdom. Focuses on ten different animals and their derrieres, and offers fun facts about their origin, habitat, and "posterior power."
School Library Journal (09/01/21)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/15/2021 Leaving no entendre unturned, Rish invites readers to rate a series of animal bottoms on a scale from “Terrific Tushie” to “Boring Backside” as she presents straight poop on how manatees manage their bodies and buoyancy with “mega farts,” how wombats can actually kill attackers with “deadly derrieres” that literally emit “caca cubes,” and eight other creatures that employ bounteous booties to eat, breathe, communicate, turn coral into sand, and defend themselves from predators. She skips probes into certain other functions, notably reproduction and egg laying, which may disappoint some readers. Creighton-Pester’s silkscreen-style cartoon illustrations go more for bright color and googly eyes than full natural detail, but the animal subjects are generally recognizable. If ever a science book begged to be read aloud, this is it, and the competitive approach to its crowd-pleasing topic will engender plenty of discussion and debate. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2021 PreS-Gr 2—Butts, hineys, and bottoms are battling it out. Readers are expected to rate 10 talented tushies from varying species in the animal and sea life world. The Pudgy Pooter manatee uses its farts to help with swimming. When it wants to go to the surface, it holds its gas in, and when it wants to go back down, it lets gas out. Herrings, or the Toot Talkers of the underwater kingdom, communicate with one another through farts. Wombats, known in this competition as Tough Tushies, mark territory with their poop, which is uniquely shaped as cubes. Spreads of each of the 10 talented derrieres present the animals in their natural habitats. Detailed information about the creature is shared in a fun and relatable way that will appeal to kids. The habitats are depicted in beautifully colored illustrations of the ocean, desert, or underground. Readers can use a scale to decide the rating of an animal's bottom—from terrific tushie to boring backside. More difficult scientific terminology is bold in the text and defined in the glossary. VERDICT Recommended for general purchase for public and elementary school libraries; a perfect nonfiction choice for reluctant readers.—Kristen Todd-Wurm, Middle Country P.L., NY - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.