The Boy With Two Belly Buttons
Stephen J. Dubner & Christoph Niemann
HarperCollins, 2007 (2007)
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Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
his picture book, written by one of the authors of
, aims to honor differences and speaks to children about individuality. The shadowy illustrations are simple and laced with a touch of humor.
little boy named Solomon has two belly buttons, and he is shocked to discover, once his baby sister is born, that his condition is quite unusual. He never thinks anything of it until his parents tell him that his sister has the
number of belly buttons.
e learns that no one has ever heard of such a thing, a fact that is continually reinforced as the book progresses. Solomon sinks further into an abyss of despair. Then a '
very famous movie director
' (who looks strikingly like Steven Spielberg) takes an interest in his story and decides to make a movie about him.
ne issue I had with the book is that it isn't until he receives external validation (from the movie director) that Solomon finally comes to appreciate his uniqueness.
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