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Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite
My Bumpy Lumpy Belly Button by Cindy Ninni Grant is a funny and uplifting picture book for young children. Does your child have an outie belly button and do they ever think that they're strange because of it? This book will help change that by explaining where belly buttons come from and providing them with the reassurance they're looking for. A young girl named Charli has an outie belly button, and she hates it! She thinks it is weird and gross and it makes her feel insecure. Charli has many questions about belly buttons and doesn't understand why they exist in the first place. After a beautiful explanation and kind words from her dad, Charli soon realizes how belly buttons are made and how special they are. Charlie learns that her belly button is a part of her mom and that it is how she was able to grow when she was in her tummy. Charli no longer sees her belly button as weird; she now loves her outie!
My Bumpy Lumpy Belly Button was a joy to read. I love books that promote self-acceptance, and even more so when they are aimed at children. Body shaming is still a huge issue and needs to be tackled from a young age so that it becomes a thing of the past, and with books like this, that may become a reality sooner rather than later. As well as learning from the story, children will laugh their socks off as it is full of fun and silly belly button comparisons. My favorite was the giant coconut! I adored every word Cindy Ninni Grant has written and I hope to see more soon. Keep up the good work; children are going to love this book!