Fister Farnello loves dirt so much that he escapes the bath to run off to the woods. He has the most rotten and delightful time getting even dirtier, especially after he makes friends with Dirt Man, a giant who hasn't taken a bath in one thousand years.
|Publisher:||Whitman, Albert & Company|
|Product dimensions:||7.96(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.10(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 9 Years|
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By Erik Jon Slangerup, John Manders
ALBERT WHITMAN & CompanyCopyright © 2000 Erik Jon Slangerup
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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!
"I AM DIRT MAN," the giant continued, "AND I HAVEN'T TAKEN A BATH IN A THOUSAND YEARS!"
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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
'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.
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.
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!