Picture Books – Tushy Book

Everybody has a tushy – and it’s a good thing they do. Tushies are useful for cushioning bumps, fitting into laps, and riding on sleds. This book is a celebration of tushies of all sizes and their many uses.

The illustrations – done with pencil and transparent inks on vellum – are adorable. The realistic style lends itself to details, so that every page is filled with figures all doing something different. There is a slight chance that the rare parent will take offense at the subject matter (for instance, the “Every tushy has a crack!” page features several children whose buns are peaking out from underpants, diapers, or bathwater), but I suspect most adults will be too busy being amused at the pictures while their children giggle helplessly at the mere mention of the word “tushy”.

The illustrations are excellent in their depiction of the world as well. People of all races and ages are shown, although Asians are underrepresented. It can be unusual to find a picture book that features the elderly in a role other than grandparent, so it is refreshing to see a couple in their sixties alone at the beach, and an old man feeding pigeons on his own. The beach scene is also interesting because while all of the children appear fit and healthy, the adults are a wide range of body types. This whole paragraph might seem like it’s overanalyzing something meant to be fun, and in some ways that’s true. But the subject of allowing every person to see themselves reflected in illustrations is an important one.>

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