Saturday, March 4, 2023

*Review* Butt or Face by Kari Lavelle


Genre: Children's 4-8 years
Published: July 11, 2023
Pages: 40

Can YOU tell a butt from a face? Discover fascinating facts about animals with this hilarious guessing game picture book!

Butt or Face offers kids a delightfully cheeky challenge: examine a close-up photo of an animal, and then guess whether you're looking at the top or the…um…bottom. The answer is revealed on the next page with a compete photo of the animal! Also included are factual animal details along with how these animals use camouflage or other trickery to engage with their home. Readers will discover animals like the Cuyaba dwarf frog whose backside looks like a pair of eyes, the Mary River turtle that breathes through its butt, and many more!

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

I am not supposed to be the target audience for this book, but I have the mentality of a 12 year old boy so...This book was a blast for me. And I'd love to say that I picked out all the butts and all the faces, but that would be a lie and I already told you that this review would be honest. After the zoomed in photos, you find out what part of the animal you were looking at, as well as some information about the animal and why scientists believe it looks the way it does. I really think the butt or face interactivity would keep kids interested through the facts so they're going to learn some things (I did). 

The illustrations were fun even when they weren't obvious what we were looking at. It was nice seeing the full animals as well (except the spiders, I didn't have fun seeing those). I imagine this book would lose it's appeal for me after the first couple of reads because by that point I'd remember what each of the pics are, but I think a kid would want to read it a lot because when else are Mom and Dad going to let you talk about butts all willy nilly? Overall I give this book 4.96 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Kari Lavelle is the author of We Move the World (HarperCollins) and Butt Or Face? (Sourcebooks 2023). She has always had a love of words: as a kid reading books, as a speech pathologist helping children communicate, and now as a writer creating stories. She lives in Austin, Texas with her human family and their dog, Dobby. Learn more about Kari and her books at


  1. That sounds like a hilarious book! (Apparently I'm a 12-year-old boy, too.)

    1. It was such a fun read. Definitely worth adding to a children's library at the very least. - Katie