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Chicken Cheeks    by Michael Ian Black & Kevin Hawkes order for
Chicken Cheeks
by Michael Ian Black
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2009 (2009)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

Who wouldn't appreciate a book about rear ends? Written by actor/comedian Michael Ian Black, this adorable, linguistically simple picture book features animals flaunting their backsides as they climb on top of each other to reach a beehive, presumably to help a bear obtain some honey.

Using clever rhyming or alliteration we are treated to a 'penguin patootie,' a 'polar bear derriere,' a 'turkey tushy,' and, my personal favorite, a 'duck-billed platypus gluteus maximus.'

The zany illustrations are a perfect match to this light-hearted romp (rump?). The animals' expressions are hilarious as various fannies are piled on top of their heads (I particularly got a kick out of the polar bear, who is holding his nose as the turkey's tushy rests on his head).

This is a book that will guarantee laughter among young and old alike. I will conclude this review in the same way that the author concluded his book: The ends.

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