The Boy Who Burped Too Much

The Boy Who Burped Too Much

by Scott Nickel, Steve Harpster

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Bobby discovers how to control his uncontrollable burping.

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Bobby burps loudly just about everywhere, which bothers other people more than it bothers him. But he has to control his burping if he wants to do well in the upcoming spelling bee. Fortunately, his grandfather can give him some help.

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Children's Literature - Emily Cook
Bobby Dean Aaron is a pretty typical kid—he plays sports, does well in school, loves video games, and enjoys art. He even has good manners, except for one, small problem: he burps. I do not mean he burps once in a while or a few times a day. Bobby Aaron burps all the time. He burps at school, he burps at home, he burps at the movies and at recitals and plays. Bobby tries and tries not to burp but he just cannot help it. Bobby becomes even more concerned about his gastric faux-pas when he decides to participate in the school's spelling bee. Now most kids would be worried about spelling the words correctly but for Bobby, who is an excellent speller, he worries most about burping right in the middle of the contest. But his worries are put to rest when Bobby's Grandpa gives him his magic frog to hold during the contest. Bobby is told to simply keep the frog in his pocket and it will keep him from burping. This is all well and good until Bobby misplaces the frog during the spelling bee. He wrings his hands and frets over the fact that he cannot find the frog, but his fears are quickly put to rest when he realizes that he knows the words and begins to believe he can win the contest all on his own. Younger readers might enjoy this book due to the "burp" factor but the story is somewhat ordinary. The book contains nothing objectionable and is appropriate for children of all ages. I do feel I should mention there is a typo on the back of the book jacket that inaccurately states the main character's name as Billy. I found this to be a bit off-putting.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Graphic Sparks Series
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Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
GN380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, Scott Nickel works by day at Paws, inc., Jim Davis's famous Garfield studio, and he freelances by night. Burning the midnight oil, Scott has created hundreds of humorous greeting cards and written several children's books, short fiction for "Boys' Life" magazine, comic strips, and lots of really funny knock-knock jokes. He was raised in southern California, but in 1995 Scott moved to Indiana, where he currently lives with his wife, two sons, six cats, and several sea monkeys.

Steve Harpster has loved to draw funny cartoons, mean monsters, and goofy gadgets since he was able to pick up a pencil. In first grade, he avoided writing assignments by working on the pictures for stories instead. Steve was able to land a job drawing funny pictures for books, and that's really what he's best at. Steve lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wonderful wife, Karen, and their sheepdog, Doodle.

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