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The Boy Who Lost His Bellybutton Hardcover – April 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789461641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789461643
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,259,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When a tousled hair boy wakes up to discover that his belly button has gone missing, drastic measures are called for: he goes to the jungle to look for it. He questions one mammal after another--a radiantly orange lion, a dark, smoky elephant--only to find out that, in the words of the lion, each animal already has "a perfectly good one of [its] own." The parade of creatures shows off navels huge and teeny, striped and muddy. The crocodile, however, acts suspicious; a close inspection reveals that he's the culprit. The spread in which the boy tentatively wades naked into the swamp to retrieve his navel has a cinematic-like tension. Though the last page close-up shows that the boy's belly button has been returned to its rightful place, the ending comes abruptly. Still, this tale from a British team features a theme that endlessly fascinates youngsters, while implicitly explaining that all mammals have belly buttons, and Ross's luxuriant crayon and pastel landscape manages to evoke both the heat and exoticness of the setting. Ages 3-6. (Apr.)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-The search for his missing belly button takes a boy on an unlikely adventure through the jungle. Along the way, he meets a giraffe, a gorilla, a lion, an elephant, a mouse, a warthog, and other animals that proudly show off their navels. The boy finally spies his own missing part on the "scaly, reptilian tummy" of a crocodile. When asked for an explanation, the croc replies, "I'm washing the fluff out for you." When the rightful owner asks for it back, he is challenged to "Come and get it." The boy then bravely walks into the swamp and grabs it. While children may not understand the humor of a soft, pink belly button on a scaly reptile, they will enjoy the story. Ross's expressive, double-page pastel drawings contribute to the humor and emotion of the child's adventure. The rich colors capture the setting, and the wary looks on the characters' faces, particularly when the boy ventures into the swamp, convey the building tension. Another whimsical offering from Willis.-Carolyn Janssen, Rockford Public Library, IL

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "marriosh" on July 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This was one of the best childrens books that I have read in quite a while. The illustrations were well done and the wording was done in a fashion that younger children were able to follow quite closely, which some books fail to do. I work at a library and the children that I read it to were quite taken with it.
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My daughter is 4 and loves this book. We keep getting it at the library and will have to buy it for her. She loves to find the belly buttons on the animals (some are a challenge). When the boy's belly button suddenly gets returned, she asks how it got there, then informs me that he had surgery. The pictures are great and it is fun to read.
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By A. Miller on October 6, 2007
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Who would have thought to write a book about waking up to find your belly button missing? My four-year old was immediately drawn to both the title and the content. We checked this book out from the library several times, until one day, we discovered its been withdrawn, and is now out-of -print! So we bought it!
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