Dirt Boy

Dirt Boy


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ISBN-13: 9780807516171
Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date: 01/01/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 7.96(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

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Dirt Boy

By Erik Jon Slangerup, John Manders


Copyright © 2000 Erik Jon Slangerup
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ISBN: 978-0-8075-4424-2


Fister Farnello loved dirt.

Every day, he rolled round and round in it, making delicious mud pies which he snacked on. The mud squished and squashed under his feet, tickling his toes and making him laugh until dirt sprayed out of his nose!

Late one afternoon, Fister Farnello slowly returned home from the furthermost corner of his backyard. His clean-and- mean mother was waiting.

"Into the tub at once!" she shouted, "you smelly-stinky-mucky-gritty-grimy-grubby-little-dirt-boy!"

"No! No! Pleee aaa se!" Fister cried and begged. But Fister's mother would hear none of it, wrestling off his clothes and plopping them on the floor.

His dirty clothes cast big clouds of dust—ka-poof!—until nobody could see a thing.

That's when Fister made his escape!

He heard his mother calling "Fister Farnello-o-o-o-o!" but he didn't look back.

Fister ran and ran from everything clean until he found himself deep in the woods. He climbed to the top of a small hill and nestled into a soft, cozy little dip, where he fell fast asleep.

The next day, Fister awoke to a terrible r-r-rumbling and sh-sh-shaking. He thought it was an earthquake!

"WHO'S THERE?" boomed a bellowing voice.

Fister Farnello had fallen asleep in the belly button of a giant!


When Fister could finally get to his feet, he shouted, "OH YEAH? WELL, I AM DIRT BOY! AND I HAVEN'T TAKEN A BATH IN ALMOST TWO DAYS!"


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Dirt Boy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
yarb on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Filthiness comes alive in this energetic tale of the eponymous cur and his clean-freak mother. The grime oozes from every page, and it is, as the previous LT reviewer succinctly puts it, a "funny concept", but I can't see this becoming a favourite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Dirt Boy' has been a family favorite for the last few years. I recently used 'Dirt Boy' to do a DRTA lesson plan (I am becomming a teacher!) and my student and his class loved the book. I donated it to the class as a thank you gift for allowing me to work in the classroom and they loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter loved this book, especially the illustrations! Great bath motivator too. We borrowed it from the library and cannot wait to buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This hansel & gretal type story with a twist is hillarious! My sons (ages 3-8) want to read it over and over. It's about a little boy who loves dirt so much he runs away from a bath, meets a giant who loves dirt as much as he does --- even more, and finally learns that being clean is OK, too. I highly reccommend it!