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Friday, September 5, 2014

Picture Book Review: Belches, Burps, and Farts- Oh My! by Artie Bennett

Belches, Burps, and Farts- Oh My
by Artie Bennett
Blue Apple Books

From hoots to hics to toots, here's an exuberant companion to Artie Bennett's nonfiction books featuring body parts and processes. He's beheld the butt and offered the scoop on poop. Now our more audible and odiferous body functions are given the Bennett treatment, served up with a generous helping of zaniness.

Artie Bennett, author of the hilarious picture books Poopendous, The Butt Book, and Peter Panda Melts Down, returns with the explosively funny Belches, Burps, and Farts- oh My!

In Belches, Burps, and Farts- Oh My, Artie Bennett takes readers on a fascinating journey through the gas we pass. Once again Bennett takes a rather taboo topic and through laugh-out-loud humor, awesome illustrations, and scientific facts, makes it fun, compelling, and thoroughly entertaining! From gaseous animals to foods that affect our farts and burps, all aspects of the gas we pass are explored. Bennett writes in lyrical, silly, addicting rhymes and with a wonderfully engaging voice that will captivate and tickle little readers and parents alike. Completely age appropriate, Bennett approaches this stinky subject matter of factly, but without being gross or absurd. And the humor throughout  Belches, Burps, and Farts- Oh My simply sparkles and shines!

Pranas T. Navjokaitis’ bright, colorful, cartoony illustrations make the perfect companions to Bennett’s words! Little readers will find these pictures wildly funny and amusing.

Artie Bennett’s story and Pranas T. Navjokaitis illustrations combine to create a reading experience that is definitely a blast! All the little readers in your life will get a kick out of Belches, Burps, and Farts- Oh My and learn a lot along the way!

My Rating

Hi! I'm the executive copy editor for a children's book publisher and I write a little on the side (but not the backside!). My itch to write brought about "The Dinosaur Joke Book: A Compendium of Pre-Hysteric Puns" when I was a much younger man, but "The Butt Book" was my first "mature" work. "The Butt Book" was showered with praise and won the prestigious Reuben Award for Book Illustration. My "number two" picture book, fittingly entitled "Poopendous!" which published to great acclaim, was the perfect follow-up. Hmmm. Do you sense a theme? However, I'm taking a slight detour with my next picture book, a more traditional, though no less hilarious, storybook entitled "Peter Panda Melts Down!" which publishes in February 2014 as panda fever sweeps the nation. But then I get right back on track with the uproarious "Belches, Burps, and Farts--Oh My!" a July 2014 publication. My claim to fame is that I was the youngest (at age thirteen) person to originate and sell a crossword puzzle to the New York Times. I went on to sell several dailies and two large Sunday puzzles to the Times before I began college. It's been downhill ever since. I live deep in the bowels of Brooklyn, New York, where I spend my spare time moving the car to satisfy the rigorous demands of alternate-side-of-the-street parking. I'm pleased to share the visionary promise of "The Butt Book," "Poopendous!" and "Peter Panda Melts Down!" with a wider audience. To read more about me or my superfun books, please visit