Yup, it's a children's book by naturalist and wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela highlighting the back end of 10 wild animals.
I'm very familiar with Stan's work, we carry a number of his adult titles in our Wild Birds Unlimited shop. His series of state guides is very successful, in fact his Birds of New York Field Guide is the top-selling field guide in our shop. But can he "bring it" to a children's book?
The motivation to produce the book, they state, is that even successful wildlife photographers like Stan end up with a lot of butt shots when their subjects fly, run, or dash away. So instead of hitting delete, Stan decided to make the best of all those rear end shots by writing a children's book focusing on animals' butts.
Of course, Stan has nice images of his subjects from the front side as well, as he reveals what animal owns the butt on the previous page. Ten animals are covered, giving the reader the opportunity to guess whose derrière they're seeing, and 3-4 facts are provided about the animal. At the end of the book are 2 pages of additional facts about the featured animals.
Kids will have fun guessing the animal and but they'll have more fun being able to freely talk about butts without getting in trouble. It may bring out a little bathroom humor, but at least they're learning something in the process.
"Whose Butt?" is a unique concept and cute book, but I wish it had been a little longer than its 44 pages, either showing more butt (meaning more animals) or more images and fun facts.
I still think this would be a fun book for the 5 or 6 year old in your life. Just get ready for the giggles!
by Stan Tekiela
Published by Adventure Publications 2012
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