Belches, Burps, and Farts-Oh My!by Artie Bennett, Pranas T. Naujokaitis (Illustrator)
He’s beheld the butt and offered the scoop on poop. Now Artie Bennett takes young readers on a discovery of those little (and not so little) puffs that exit from our mouths and duffsthe burp, the belch, and the fart! With Bennett’s signature combination of real science and zany rhyme, kids will learn the how, why, and where of gas-tastic eruptions
He’s beheld the butt and offered the scoop on poop. Now Artie Bennett takes young readers on a discovery of those little (and not so little) puffs that exit from our mouths and duffsthe burp, the belch, and the fart! With Bennett’s signature combination of real science and zany rhyme, kids will learn the how, why, and where of gas-tastic eruptions made by people and animals, such as:
why we can’t burp while on our backs
which animals can’t “cut the cheese”
how fish communicate via burp bubbles
why soda and burps go together
who farts moreboys or girls
Capped off with a spread on “Fart-tastic Facts & Burp-tacular Bits,” this amazing, amusing mix of humor and nonfiction is an ideal draw for reluctant readers, classroom units on body scienceand kids who just think burps and farts are funny!
Given visual gas-pression via Pranas T. Naujokaitis’s exuberant cartoon-style illustrations,
look for this to be a hit with both kids and educators.
For as Mr. Bennett puts it: Cows and pigs, crude or classy, Kids, grown-ups, we’re all . . . GASSY!
The logical successor to Bennett’s previous “classics,” The Butt Book and Poopendous! (2010, 2012).This snicker-inducing topic will be difficult for kids to resist. Those wayward gasses are always escaping—children might as well learn their physiology. Breaking his windy subject into two sections (with farts getting the lion’s share of the attention), Bennett focuses on burps first. Loose, rhyming couplets make mention of trapped gasses and the fizz of soda. But readers will have to decipher a bit on their own as well. “Talk too much when chomping chow?” is a nifty way to make a rhyme with “cow,” but it does not lend itself to an immediate understanding that one can swallow air while chewing. The second part is dedicated to farts. Let’s face it, they are far more fun. Greenish-yellow puffs and smell lines abound. A bit more science is offered here; microbes and bacteria are introduced, though they are never fully explained. If nothing else, young readers can practice counting to 14 during the calendarlike spread depicting the average number of farts per day. Sentences proclaiming themselves “facts” are appended at the end, though some are debatable. Can the definition of “morning thunder” really fall under that category?A light, comiclook at two bodily functions with high child appeal—but not noteworthy nonfiction. (Informational picture book. 4-8)
Meet the Author
Artie Bennett: Brooklyn native Artie Bennett employed his signature goofy-meets-smart style to craft this hilarious ode to the burp, the belch, and that popular "Bronx cheer", the fart. A former professional crossword puzzle prodigy, Artie Bennett is now making a name for himself writing smart and funny books about subject matter that kids love to read about, and enhancing Brooklyn's reputation for producing an uncommonly high per capita of humorists. In his M-F life, Mr. Bennett is an executive copy editor at a major children's book publisher. In his spare time, he collects words.
Pranas Naujokaitis: Pranas T. Naujokaitis is always a cartoonist, sometimes in a band, and often on the verge of something big. He tends to wonder where he's going and where he came from. Maybe this is why his three awesome Balloon Toons books feature questsyou gotta have some sense of where you're headed on a quest. He is delighted his creative sojourn led to the opportunity to create the illustrations for this book, whose subject matter is so near and dear to his heart (and other anatomical places).
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What I like about it- After tackling the subjects of butts and poop (THE BUTT BOOK and POOPENDOUS) where else would Mr. Bennett turn – body gasses of course! This is another hilarious yet scientifically amazing book from Artie Bennett! He handles these subjects with so much ease and humor, you just can’t put this book down! It is put into two separate sections (BELCHES & BURPS, and FARTS), which are equally hilarious. I like that it shares fun facts about our internal gasses, too! Did you know that we can’t burp when on our backs? That termites fart the most? That you fart about 14 times a day (I counted – it’s true!)? Mr. Bennett makes these books great for any age and you also get to learn a bit about biology! The story is done in a well-done rhyme that sounds natural and flows off of the tongue. It makes it easier for younger kids to read, and there will be giggles all around. The illustrations are awesome, and have tiny little details in them that will keep you howling with laughter! *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review