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Belly Button Boy (Picture Puffin Books) Paperback – April 14, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (April 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142500178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142500170
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,374,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Maloney and Zekauskas's (The Magic Hockey Stick) droll delivery enlivens a familiar premise about a reluctant bather who finds a seed sprouting in his belly button. Nimble rhyming couplets relate how the mortified boy attempts to hide his navel garden at school and at home, but finally has to reveal his predicament. Duly whisked off to the doctor, he is told, "Your case is a matter beyond this physician./ I think a landscaper should treat your condition." Ultimately put to rights by a kindly gardener, Billy learns his lesson and scrubs himself thoroughly. This tale provides a good warm-up to Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's remedy for nonbathers (in which a filthy child gets a sprinkling of radish seeds). Wry vignettes show Billy in various stages of distress, from an early view of the boy asleep, a geology-style cutaway view labeling the 15 different layers of dirt in his belly button, to a snapshot of the boys' room at school, where readers spy Billy's red-sneakered feet below the stall door and the top of a shrub emerging above it. A Popsicle-bright palette adds further sparkle to this romp. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-Billy's love affair with dirt creates the perfect climate for a plant to sprout in his navel: "And under that dirt, that muck, grime, and grout-/The tiniest seed had started to sprout." This cautionary tale, reminiscent of "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's" radish cure, continues in labored rhyme. "Although the problem clearly had shocked her/His mother just said, 'Let' s go see a doctor!'" Finally, a landscaper gets to the root of the matter and provides the obvious coda: "You've got a great gift, son, for growing things green,/But your navel is one place you've got to keep clean." Humorous cartoons in pencil and gouache can't save a book that deserves to be weeded before it is purchased.
Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a simple, fun book. My kids are 8, 6, 4, and 2. All of them love this one and I do to. Helps to stress the importance of washing in the hard to get places, with humor. Rhyming text is creative and I really like the cross section of the offending belly button. Layers of lint, loam, topsoil etc. with a seed at the bottom. Now use your imagination!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is great! It's about a boy who gets a plant grown in his belly button. At first, he didn't want anyone to know, but then he wanted help. Read the book to find out what happens. It's AWESOME!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie A. Boyd on August 1, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is adorable. Our six year-old loved it after hearing it at school, so we ordered our own copy. Highly recommend it.
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