If there is one subject that reduces all children to giggles, it is farting. In this imaginative picture book, inspired by a second grader's question, McKy explores what would happen if everyone and everything farted at once. Five flies eating a bean, 15 pigeons eating raisins, 45 cats meowing for cheese, 135 dogs munching on potato chips, half a million people eating eggs, a million fish slurping soda, millions of people gulping air racing and cheering all let go at once. The blast peels paint off cars, parts the threads in teachers' clothes and blows the stripes off the zebras at the zoo. Luckily, later in the day a mighty wind comes along, bringing much relief to the town, but perhaps not for the next town downwind. McKy's book focuses on a topic that adults usually find embarrassing, annoying or try to ignore. For a child however, little is as amusing as that sound. While this may not have universal appeal, for a reluctant reader (in particular the boys) this may be just the right choice. Tracy Hill's full page, colorful and cartoon-like illustrations are just perfect for the story. 2004, Tanglewood Press, Ages 5 to 8.
PreS-Gr 3-This over-the-top, tall-tale style picture book is supposedly "the true story of what happened when everything and everyone farted at once." Innocuously beginning with a fly eating a bean, birds, fish, dogs, cats, and more than half a million people all coincidentally ingest gas-producing foods at the same time. When everyone lets loose at once, the resulting chaos blasts "the paint from police cars to school buses.- The gas parted the threads in teachers' clothes. The kids got to see the principal's underpants!" Even after the explosion, the smell still lingers: "It was so strong that green slid out of the leaves of trees. Freckles slid off cheeks-. Even skunks searching for food in trashcans had to close their noses." Eventually a mighty wind blows the gas away (although the billowing cloud does not bode well for the town downwind). Ridiculous to the extreme, this story is illustrated with comic cartoons featuring bug-eyed characters with greenish/brownish/yellowish clouds exploding out of their derrieres. Although gross-out bodily humor is quite popular these days, not everyone will be able to enjoy this book. The right audience is sure to get a laugh.-Piper L. Nyman, formerly at Fairfield Civic Center Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.