Thursday 20 January 2011

The Great Dog Bottom Swap

Every now and again you happen across a kid's book that makes you think "Wait, WHAT?"
Skimming through the library boxes for new books, I stumbled across The Great Dog Bottom Swap and instantly thought "Well, no, it couldn't possibly be's bottoms could it?"

My initial fears were compounded by a quick flick through the book. In fact I don't think I'd like to spoil the surprise for other parents too much, suffice to say that you'll get to the end of this book and say "Oh, so THAT'S why dogs do that!"

Peter Bently's excellent nonsense rhymes are coupled with Mei Matsuoka's rather too literal drawings but the whole book is a treat. It's just a bit...well, you know. Unsavoury? But if you've got kids at home who think blowoffs, poo and wee jokes are the very nadir of humour, they'll laugh themselves to bits over this book, as we did. 

Charlotte's best bit: The emergency doggie contingency plan for dealing with fires. 

Daddy's favourite bit: The slow realisation that I'm never ever going to eat cheerios ever again. 

Rating: 5 out of 5