First, let it be said that I am generally in favor of having a cute little naked kid scamper across the pages of a picture book. This book is truly excellent, and very nice to read to someone who gets into trouble a lot.
And of course, these writers and/or illustrators (whose idea is most of the butt imagery anyway, I wonder?) know their audience.
thrills as much as a bare bottom, which is amazing considering how
often they're around their own bare bottoms every day. And then, sometimes you get more than bottom, which makes everyone scream happily (in my house, anyway). In the Night Kitchen has (in addition to the skin) that dark magical sense that so many of Sendak's books have. Spooky in the best possible way (sorry for the teeny tiny image).
What's odd is how many of these feature boy bottoms as opposed to (or in lieu of) girl bottoms. Why is that? Even this book, which has a big sister showing her little brother the ropes, (and which I've covered in more detail here), shows the boy's behind, while the girl looks on in happy shock from the tub. I don't have a picture and my camera is broken, so all I can show is the cover.
Why no tiny cute girl behinds, I wonder? I think I know, but I wish it weren't so. At least we get to see these, and long may our children shriek in delight over them.