Does a Bulldozer Have a Butt? (Hardcover)
This picture book tackles the age-old question: which things do and don’t have butts? In lighthearted rhyme, a father and child search for answers to that question as they walk through their city on the way to school. The illustrations reward rereading with plenty of extra jokes (and butts) to discover. This cheeky tale is sure to be a hit with inquisitive youngsters and anyone looking for a funny read-aloud!— Amy
Green Eggs and Ham meets Everyone Poops in this laugh-out-loud story that asks—and answers—the burning question in every kid's life.
Does a scarecrow have a butt?
Yep, you stuff him with a straw one.
And does a crayon have a butt?
Nope, but it can surely draw one.
This silly, funny, clever book will be the most quoted text in all of elementary school.
Over the course of a long walk across a city, one curious kid needs to know: "Does it have a butt?" Everything from sheep to ghosts to dinosaurs is subjected to this all-important question, and Dad is a never-ending source of answers. On a laugh-out-loud father-child ramble, we come to see that every butt, from a bullfrog's to a zombie's, has its own distinctive, and distinctively hilarious, quality.
LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY: It's impossible to find a kid who doesn't giggle at the word "butt." The repetition of the word, the varied assortment of butts, and the clever rhymes make this a book that both parents and children will return to over and over again.
A SNEAKY WAY TO TEACH ABOUT CONTEXT: The book isn't simply a repetition of one joke or word. Instead, it offers a crafty way of talking about what things mean in different contexts.
SILLY AND SWEET, NOT GROSS: Butt jokes can potentially cross a line and become offensive or insensitive, but the tone and choices throughout this book are sweet and innocent, making it a unique, accessible option for parents and educators who want to normalize the asking of difficult questions.
COUNT THE BUTTS! This book will change how you see the world: Not only will you start wondering about all inanimate objects' butts, you'll start seeing them everywhere! There are nearly 200 butts in the illustrations that aren't even mentioned in the text. Keen-eyed young readers will delight in the most hilarious seek-and-find they could ever imagine!
• Educators and librarians
• Fans of funny books
About the Author
Derick Wilder is the author of The Longest Letsgoboy and the founder of Reading Giraffe, a literacy initiative with the goal of creating lifelong readers by making books come alive. He has been writing for as long as he can remember, and endless hours in the children's section of the library with his daughter sparked his love for picture books. He lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
K-Fai Steele is the author-illustrator of A Normal Pig and the illustrator of Noodlephant and other books for young readers. She was a Brown Handler Writer in Residence at the San Francisco Public Library, a recipient of the James Marshall Fellowship at the University of Connecticut, and a recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Memorial Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She was born in Charlton, Massachusetts, and now lives in Lausanne, Switzerland (which Richard Scarry also called home!).
“In an unexpectedly delightful shift in tone and topic from The Longest Letsgoboy (2021), Wilder gets philosophical on the subject of butts. . . . This fun little adventure is told in effortlessly cadenced rhyme with witty back-and-forth dialogue between a BIPOC father and daughter. Adding to the entertainment are Steele’s weird and wonderful illustrations, which hide (Easter egg-style) outstanding bottoms on every page. . . . It’s positively cheeky!”—Booklist
“The text is simple and stands out…[The illustrations are] really quite a feat…Yes, a bulldozer has a butt, in this comical read-aloud for children who love humor on the edge.”?-School Library Journal
“The transgressively funny concept (plus plentiful puns and mentions of tush utility) will no doubt win over the target audience, but even more important is the portrait the book offers: one of a world in which questions serve as a common bond, curiosity is amply rewarded, and variety is the spice of life.”-Publishers Weekly, starred review