(I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher.)
While I am not huge fan of potty humor, everyone loves a good fart joke. Especially kids. Bryan Bollinger's new picture book celebrates the humor in farts. In the book, a variety of animals try to convince others that THEIR farts smell wonderful. Each animal in turn is disabused of that notion until one animal surprises everyone at the end. I think Bollinger manages to include just about every slang term for farts that one can think of: foof, poots, cut the cheese, breaking wind, etc. It is definitely funny.
I really enjoyed Bollinger's whimsical and cartoonish illustrations:
My 7-year-old was highly amused. I found myself wishing that the book included an additional element of either the science and mechanics of farting or something about manners regarding farts, Instead, the book exists simply as one long fart joke. For reluctant readers, a fart joke might be just what is needed to encourage them to read.
Special thanks to Sterling for sending a whoopie cushion along with the book. My child had never seen one before and now I have to watch where I sit!!!
BOTTOM LINE: Recommended. Potty humor is not my favorite but kids will enjoy this one.