The Butter Battle Book
By Bryce Goodwin
This book is about a war between two sides. The sides are the Zooks, who eat their bread butter side down, and the Yooks, who eat their bread butter side up. The story is from the perspective Yooks. One off The main reasons they fight each other is that they disagree with how each other eat their bread. They are constantly at an arms race with each other, due to their disagreement. The story ends with each of them about to drop a bomb on the other, but ending without telling the reader the resolution.
What do you believe that this book has implications about? I believe that this book has war implications in it. I believe it is about the Cold War, due to it being written about that time, and that it has many war things. One side in it is blue, while the other side is red, which may represent the US and Russia. It shows and arms race between the two sides, which could reference the nuclear arms race. They are constantly getting new weapons to attack each other with. There is also a wall that separates them, which may reference the Berlin Wall. In the book it says,"In those days, of course, the Wall wasn't so high and I could look any Zook square in the eye." I think that references when the wall wasn't built yet, and Germany wasn't split yet.
My second implication is that nuclear warfare could potentially destroy many people. At the end of the book, they are both in position to drop the bombs on each other, yet the reader is never told what side drops the bombs, or if the bombs are dropped at all, due to it ending on a cliffhanger. The last sentences say,""Grandpa! I shouted. "Be careful! Oh, gee! Who's going to drop it? Will you . . . ? Or will he . . . ?"Be patient," said Grandpa. "We'll see. We will see . . . "" I believe that this means that he is very worried about the nuclear bomb, and its affect on people. The bomb is also called the Big-Boy Boomeroo, which may also be referencing the Little Boy and Fat Man bombs. I think that may mean that the bombs have very destructive nature.