Picture Pages: I Need a New Butt by Dawn McMillan

A Funny, Offbeat Picture Book About Butts!

I Need A New ButtI Need a New Butt
by Dawn McMillan; Illustrated by Ross Kinnaird

Publication Date: September 17, 2014
Publisher: Dover Publications
Length: 33pp
ISBN-13: 978-0-486-78799-2

Related Links:
Dawn McMillan’s Website
Dawn McMillan on Facebook
Ross Kinnaird’s Blog

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Publisher Synopsis

Bumper Butt © Ross Kinnaird

Bumper Butt © Ross Kinnaird

A young boy suddenly notices a big problem — his butt has a huge crack! So he sets off to find a new one. Will he choose an armor-plated butt? A rocket butt? A robot butt? Find out in this quirky tale of a tail, which features hilarious rhymes and delightful illustrations.

Children and parents will love this book — no ifs, ands, or butts about it.



My Review

“I need a new butt! Mine’s got a crack. I can see in the mirror a crack at the back.”

“How rude!” That’s the kind of response Dawn McMillan’s I New A New Butt is bound to get from some moms and dads. McMillan’s popular story was first published in New Zealand under the more polite title “I Need a New Bum.”  This quirky little picture book may not be a guide to manners, but it’s a far cry from crude. Like it or not, you’ll be hard pressed to keep from smiling!

It’s cute to see the little fella so bummed about his broken butt. Ross Kinnaird’s illustrations will have young readers in fits of laughter as they watch the boy imagine how he might have broken his posterior and how he might like to replace it. Kids get to see him try different things on for size, including a rocket butt, an armor-plated knight’s butt, and a chrome bumper butt!

Though some grandmas might find this tale improper, grandpas, dads, and uncles are bound to want to buy this book and read it to their favorite little guy. Another plus: big brothers and sisters will gladly sit down for some quality story time with their younger siblings. Bottom line: Anything that encourages kids to read by making reading FUN is never a bad thing. Maybe you’d like to get up off your butt and go to the nearest bookstore or library to check this out?

— Dawn Teresa


4 Hearts - Final

4 of 5 Hearts. A Funny, Offbeat Picture Book About Butts!

I Need a New Butt isn’t for the uptight. But let’s face it, little kids never shy away from a bit of low humor. As they follow the story and take in all the details in the illustrations, they’ll giggle with glee. And likely talk your ear off dreaming up even more possibilities for alternate butts! That is, when they aren’t asking you to “Read it again!”

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank Dover Publications and NetGalley for allowing me access to the title. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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