Buttons by Buttonhead
Okay, so this is an icky post but hey gross stuff happens right, can't deny it can you. So we were given a few birthday books recently (I say we because children's books are just as much for the grown-ups that read them as they are for kids who listen) - lovely ones about sisters that explore, cows that type, and dinosaurs that share - good wholesome stuff. But the ones that have the Chickpea riveted to her fluffy chair are about poop and boogies. When we read them to her for the first time she looked up at us like this was the most amazing thing she'd ever heard. It was written all over her face. The monkey has a cold and there are boogers all over her face, she needs a tissue - sounds like a little someone else I know. But hey this sometimes gnarly stuff is what we're faced with the moment our babies are born, why not read about it? Aren't we constantly saying how amazing it is to watch our bellies miraculously grow through pregnancy, our babies motor development unfolding before our eyes and our toddlers becoming verbal and self-aware. The human body is pretty stinkin' cool so don't be squeamish, embrace it and get a few giggles out of it. I want my daughter to be proud of her body, it's strength, it's character, it's fascinating complexity, efficiency and beauty.
I mean come on, what kind of nut chooses to write about scabs? Maybe if you work for the CDC... Or poop? Don't tell me you haven't been to a dinner party with other parents where the conversation came around to poop. What about farts? My husband's new boss brings her hapless farting dog to work leaving his office smelling quite toxic, you know so he can have a great first impression with new co-workers or type on his computer while gagging and eyes watering over the smell. Every time he tells me a new story about this wretched dog we're both teary, giggling messes, plastered with smiles. Yes, icky stuff can make your day too.
These witty and matter of fact books are most appropriate for pre-schoolers, thanks mostly to some talented Japanese illustrators.