August 12, 2014

[Book Review] Belches, Burps, and Farts -- Oh My! by Artie Bennett


This eARC was downloaded for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

You've heard of Everybody Poops, right? The book that attempts to normalize a surprisingly taboo subject with the lesson--reminder, really--that, yeah, everybody has to deal with this less-than-ideal fact of life? Well, Artie Bennett's Belches, Burps, and Farts--Oh My! does the same for another oft-denied aspect of the animal kingdom: gas.

Split into two parts ("Belches and Burps" and "Farts"), the book delivers gas facts via rhyme, covering everything from the cultural significance of belching in China to the fact that--gasp!--girls fart, too. The text is frank and informational but also lighthearted and humorous, with Bennett presumably knowing very well that the topic alone is going to elicit more than a few giggles (or blushes) from the target audience and there's no sense in fighting it. The art goes great with that intent; it's vibrant and cartoony and perfect for children used to quirky animation styles like those of Gravity Falls and Adventure Time.

If you find yourself in need of a book on this subject--or merely want to give the potty humor jokester in your life something to read--I'd definitely recommend giving this one a chance. It's cute and quirky, and I'm sure a lot of kids would get quite the kick out of it.

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