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Parts by Tedd Arnold
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Jan 19, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: gross-humor, tedd-arnold, read-in-2008
Read in November, 2008

“Parts” is a wonderful book about body exploration from the mind of the creator of “Green Wilma,” Tedd Arnold. This book is about how a young boy starts to panic when weird things start to happen to his body. This book was voted Best Children’s Book for Parents Magazine and it richly deserves that honor as it is surely a children’s classic.

Tedd Arnold has done a great job in writing the boy’s woes in a rhyming text, which makes this story even more humorous and reassuring. Tedd Arnold creatively extends on how children feel like the world is coming to an end when strange stuff start happening to their body and this boy (remember he is only five years old) and how parents usually makes things better by explaining the situation to their child in a calm manner, such as the boy’s parents explaining to the boy that everything happening to him is perfectly normal. Also, Tedd Arnold’s illustrations are humorous since he portrays the boy as a bug-eyed kid with a large head and no neck (as seen on the cover of the book). The illustrations that are the true highlights in this book are the illustrations of the boy imagining that each of his body parts are falling apart, especially of the image where he thinks that his stuffing is coming out of him when he finds a piece of fuzz in his belly button.

“Parts” is a brilliant children’s book about how young children explore their bodies and try to figure out what is happening to them as they get older and this book is great fun for the entire family to enjoy. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the vocabulary is simple enough, but I must warn about the gross content in this book for children who do not like gross material.

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