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feature. Since we're awfully fond of bakers here at the Bulletin,
we thought we'd adopt their philosophy of generosity and throw in an
extra one or two when we have them to offer--so don't expect an even
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Tops and Bottoms: A Body Part Dozen
--selected by Kate Quealy-Gainer, Assistant Editor
Heads or tails, up or down, why must we choose when one clearly can't
exist without the other? This month's dozen pays homage to both
the top and bottom — or rear, depending on how you look at it — parts
of the body.
Colin. Bring Me the Head of Oliver Plunkett. Delacorte Press, 2005. Gr.
Eddie Malone and his gang from Running With Reservoir Pups
(BCCB 01/05) go up against the most notorious gangster in all of
Ireland when they attempt to recover the stolen head of Saint Oliver
Plunkett. (BCCB 03/06)
- Black, Michael Ian. Chicken
cheeks; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Simon & Schuster Books for
Young Readers, 2009. 5-7 yrs
Various animals exhibit their cabooses, rears, and glutes in
their attempt to get some yummy honey from the top of a tree in this
visually appealing, and certainly belly laugh inducing, picture book.
- Cabot, Meg. Airhead. Point,
2008. Gr. 7-10
When plain jane Em Watts suffers fatal injuries in a
horrific accident, her brain is transplanted into the body of a
gorgeous teen super model. (BCCB 09/08)
- Dewey, Jennifer Owings. Faces
Only a Mother Could Love. Boyds Mills Press, 1996. 4-6 yrs
Gentle colored pencil illustrations highlight baby faces
from the animal world, ranging from the strikingly odd giant anteater
to the adorably familiar human baby. (BCCB 02/96)
- James, Simon. Baby Brains.
Candlewick Press, 2004. 4-7 yrs
While Mr. and Mrs. Brain expect their newborn baby to be
smart, they are a bit surprised when Baby Brain comes out the womb
ready to read and is training as a doctor and an astronaut within just
weeks of his birth. (BCCB 01/05)
- Jenkins, Steve and Robin Page.
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? Houghton Mifflin, 2003. 5-8 yrs
With his characteristic paper cut collages , Jenkins, along
with collaborator Page, present the body parts, including heads and
tails, of various creatures in this effective question and answer
science book. (BCCB 03/03)
- Keane, Dave. Bobby Bramble Loses
His Brain; illustrated by David Clark. Clarion Books, 2009. 5-9 yrs
When one of Bobby Bramble’s daredevil feats finally cracks
his head open, his brain decides to use the opportunity to escape and
paint the town red while poor Bobby is left blabbering nonsense. (BCCB
- Mackler, Carolyn. The Earth, My
Butt, and Other Big Round Things. Candlewick, 2003. Gr. 7-10
Insecure and average Virginia Shreves is convinced she’s
adopted by her thin, beautiful family but her perceptions of both their
perfection and her flaws are challenged when her older brother is
kicked out of college. (BCCB 10/03)
- Manushkin, Fran. The Tushy
Book; illustrated by Tracy Dockray. Feiwel and Friends, 2009. 3-6 yrs
Lively pencil and ink illustrations of people both old and
young using their tushies accompany this funny and rhythmic ode to the
derriere. (BCCB 05/09)
- Pilkey, Dave. Captain Underpants
and the Attack of the Talking Toilets : another epic novel. Blue Sky
Press, 1999. Gr. 2-5
When George and Harold accidentally bring their comic book
creation to life, flesh-eating toilets invade their school and can only
be stopped by the noble and underdressed hero, Captain Underpants.
- Rowan, Pete. Big Head!
illustrated by John Temperton. Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. Gr. 4-8
A comprehensive overview of the the head and brain is
presented in large cut-aways and information packed sidebars and
labels. (BCCB 01/99)
- Singer, Marilyn. Bottoms up!
illustrations by Patrick O'Brien. H. Holt, 1997.
Full color spreads of animal tushies accompany this breezy
but informative text that highlights the different ways species use
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