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So Many Butts! app review

Having just co-written (with my Family Reading blog co-parent Kitty Flynn) the article “The Straight Poop on Potty Humor” for the May/June 2017 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Humor, how could I pass up the So Many Butts! app? (Editora Caixote, January 2017; iOS and Android) I went in with some trepidation, expecting Everyone Poops–level subject matter and visuals, but it’s much tamer than the cheeky title would have you believe.

The app, developed in Brazil and narrated in English or Portuguese (Portuguese title: Quanto Bumbum!), is a very simple interactive story: “Something’s going on at Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit’s,” begins the little squirrel narrator. It watches as one by one a variety of jungle animals gathers ’round the hole in the Rabbits’ tree: frog, tapir, tortoise, bees, sloth, jaguar, snake. The something that’s happening must be really big, the squirrel thinks, since the smaller creatures don’t run away when the latter two predators arrive…and guess what? Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit’s new baby has just been born!

As I say in the “Straight Poop” article, my kids love potty humor, but it turns out there’s a sophistication level (who knew?). My seven-year-old deemed the story “boring” while the four-year-old, who loves potty humor and cute baby animals in equal measure, was entertained. The “butts” component of the tale itself is merely looking at creatures’ backsides — which you can make shake or wiggle by double-tapping — as they’re gathered at the tree.

In addition to the story, there’s a “Do you know whose butt this is?” animal-identification game and a matching game in which you join the creatures’ tops with their tails. The accompanying “music video” — in English and Portuguese — is a cheerful doo-wop-y tune starring the animal creatures who engage in some lite rump-shaking. Best line: “And the snake is curling / she has no butt.”

Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (requires iOS 6.0 or later) and Android devices; $2.99. Recommended for preschool and primary users.

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Elissa Gershowitz About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She is a current member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee.

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  1. Dear Elissa, thank you for your attentive review. It means a lot for us at Editora Caixote. 😀

    Best,
    Isabel

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