Book Launch Party: BUTT OR FACE? by Kari Lavelle

Aug 18, 2023

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78703

Join Austin SCBWI member Kari Lavele to celebrate the release of her new picture book, Butt Or Face?. After a read-aloud, there will be a Q&A and book signing. Please RSVP:

About the book:

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!

Praise For…

"This is definitely a book that will be looked at again and again." — Youth Services Book Review

"A gleeful game for budding naturalists." — Kirkus Reviews

"The silly, simple premise is carried out splendidly; younger readers will be entranced by fascinating photos, bright colors, and googly eyes galore, while older readers will appreciate fast-fact boxes, clear explanations, and endless animal puns." — Booklist, STARRED Review

About Kari:

Kari Lavelle is also the author of WE MOVE THE WORLD (HarperCollins 2021), winner of the 2022 Writer's League of Texas Book Award, and AN ODE TO GRAPEFRUIT: HOW JAMES EARL JONES FOUND HIS VOICE (Knopf 2024). She has always had a love for words: as a kid reading books, as a speech pathologist helping children communicate, and now as a writer creating stories. Learn more about Kari and her books at