Title: The Great Dog Bottom Swap
By: Peter Bently and Mei Matsuoka
What it’s about (by Holly): This book is about all the dogs in the world and they go to a summer ball. There are lots of pegs for them to put their coats on but oddly there is a sign that says: ‘Now please be so kind as to keep your coat on but remove your behind. Please hang up your bottom on one of the pegs and remember no growling or cocking of legs.’ The book is told in rhyme and there are hundreds and hundreds of little pink ‘o’s all neatly arranged in methodical rows. Their bottoms are very neat and pink. Then there is a fire and in the rush to get out all their bottoms get jumbled up and they go home with the wrong behinds.
Holly’s verdict: This book is really funny! It’s not disgusting, they just hang their bottoms up. It’s also poetry and I’m a big fan of poetry. I like the drawings a lot too. We got the book out of the library and I’m really upset that we have to return it. I want a copy of our own!
Sam’s verdict: Well, first things first, I am glad this isn’t a scratch and sniff book! Seriously, though, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and thought it was rather clever and surreal. It reminded me of some of Eddie Izzard’s sketches about animals and why they behave the way they do. The lack of moral was a welcome bonus too. Great for both girls and boys.