Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!

Belchess_CVR_forppt_lrBelches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!
by Artie Bennett
Publisher: Blue Apple Books, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-60905-392-5
For ages: 4-9

 

Summary

Every living person farts:
Nincompoops and those with smarts!

Belches, burps, and farts. We all do it. So isn’t it time we learned about those often awkward, sometimes comical sound effects . . . before our next blast-off?!

Ever wondered which animal out-farts the rest? Or if there are countries where belching isn’t considered rude? Or the average number of farts we release per day? Wonder no more! It’s all here—and much, much more!

Artie Bennett, who was hailed as “the Dr. Seuss of your caboose” for his much-praised, unique picture books, The Butt Book and Poopendous!, now blows the lid off of that symphony of sounds our bodies produce. With side-splitting verses that convey fascinating facts leavened with wordplay and antic humor, Artie has crafted a madcap manual on intestinal gas, perfectly complemented by the hilarious artwork of superb illustrator Pranas Naujokaitis. There is even a final fact sheet for those craving more about this “explosive” subject.

It’s a book that will have kids belching their approval!

Reviews

A 2015 K-2 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee for Informational Text

(One of) 26 Entertaining and Educational Books for Back-to-School Season
“I’m a huge Artie Bennett fan, ever since I read The Butt Book for the first time. (I promise you, I’ve read it a hundred times since, and it’s as good now as it was then.) I considered putting this with nonfiction, given all the wealth of information it contains about any number of bodily functions, but it’s far too funny. It’s amazing how easily Bennett makes the disgusting amusing. If you liked Poopendous!, you’ll think Bennett’s newest is a gas.”
The Huffington Post

“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’s 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’s 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!”
Word Spelunking

“What’s better than a book about gas? One with unforgettable pictures and easy-to-memorize rhymes! In typical Artie Bennett fashion (do you remember The Butt Book and Poopendous!?), this book puts the logical in scatological, making sense of the things we all have in common without ever lessening the gut-busting humor. Watch out! If your kids laugh too hard, they might slip up and learn something!”
Tales Told Tall

Artie Bennett has absolutely knocked it out of the park again, with a book that is both hilarious and incredibly informative. I know that I came away from reading Belches, Burps and Farts—Oh My! with a renewed appreciation for Artie’s perfectly crafted prose, and also with a large number of facts that I didn’t know previously about gaseous interactions within the human body. This book—like all of Artie’s other books— is perfect for readers, both young and old. Younger readers will enjoy the vibrant drawings, snappy lines and fun facts, while older readers will appreciate Artie’s witty humor and for writing books that help explain bodily functions to younger readers. (Seriously. My boss saw my copy, and immediately went: ‘That’s PERFECT. My nephew is right at the age where he thinks farts are funny, and wants to know how they work.’) I recommend this for everyone, full stop.”
The Reading Nook Reviews

FIVE STARS
“While most people shy away from burps and farts and all their cacophonous glory, a very funny man named Artie Bennett chooses to celebrate the windy chorus in picture-book form. His latest picture book, Belches, Burps and Farts—Oh My!, is all about giving readers an earful (and even a nose-full!) about the pesky little nonstop explosions that make their noisy way from our body parts to the environment around us. Written in a Dr. Seuss-ish-type rhyme, Mr. Bennett explains why babies burp after slurping milk, kids burp after swallowing fizzy soda pops, and why ‘some burps are barely heard’ while others are ‘as loud as any mockingbird.’ His explanation of burps and farts is reminiscent of that song about the birds and the bees; you know the one that goes: ‘Birds do it, bees do it. . . .’ Except in this case, Mr. Bennett teaches us that cows do it, kids do it, and maybe even unassuming squids do it! We learn that beetles do it to attract a mate, termites do it after they eat too much wood, fish do it to communicate, and some snakes do it to drive their prey away. With his usual heaping dose of crisp, clear and hilarious prose, Mr. Bennett teaches us which foods make the smelliest farts and how microbes play a role in fart-making. He even offers an illustrated flow chart of how a fart is made from beginning to stinky end (pun intended). Pranas T. Naujokaitis is the perfect artist for this treasure chest of gaseous noises. His kid-friendly illustrations make use of every rich and vibrant color in the color wheel, and he fills the pages with every funny situation you can imagine. Wide-eyed dogs, cross-eyed birds and screeching cats scamper or flutter in opposite directions to escape the stink-bombs wafting on the breeze. Green smoke envelopes unassuming children with clasps on their noses to deflect the smells. Mouths open wide to emit explosive belches while animals react with google-eyed dismay and other children simply faint away from the smell. This book is truly a treasure chest of gaseous sounds and smells, but it must be mentioned that the subject matter may be offensive to some. Still, it’s all done in good-natured fun, and all the book’s characters emerge unscathed and none-the-worse for wear. One more thing: Although Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!, is decidedly gaseous in nature, it’s still quite educational. Children learn how farts escape while we’re at rest, why some burps or farts smell worse than others, and why these bodily functions shouldn’t embarrass anyone—mainly because everyone does it! Sure to be a welcome addition to your child’s library.”
Picture Book Depot

Bennett has a way with words that neatly complements Naujokaitis’ with pictures. For example, on one page, the words are, “The more you belch,/ the less you’ll fart./ You could even keep a chart!” The picture shows a boy and girl studying and, yes, charting the various emissions of a baby. The back of the book offers two pages of ‘Fart-tastic Facts & Burp-tacular Bits’ that add some additional science to the narrative, such as ‘flatus’ being the medical term for farting and ‘eructation’ being the official word for belching, and what happens when someone burps in space (the lack of gravity usually means some food comes up as well). Funny, factual and unafraid to tackle topics usually untouched, Bennett and Naujokaitis produce…err, emit…err, expel…err, offer an offbeat winner of a book in Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!
InfoDad

This snicker-inducing topic will be difficult for kids to resist. Those wayward gases are always escaping—children might as well learn their physiology. Breaking his windy subject into two sections (with farts getting the lion’s share of the attention), Bennett focuses on burps first. Loose, rhyming couplets make mention of trapped gases and the fizz of soda. ‘Talk too much when chomping chow?’ is a nifty way to make a rhyme with ‘cow.’ The second part is dedicated to farts. Let’s face it, they are far more fun. Greenish-yellow puffs and smell lines abound. A bit more science is offered here; microbes and bacteria are introduced. If nothing else, young readers can practice counting to 14 during the calendar-like spread depicting the average number of farts per day. A light, comic look at two bodily functions with high child appeal.
Kirkus Reviews

Totally hilarious and good for all ages!
“Do you know that fish fart to communicate? Or that you can’t burp lying on your back? Artie Bennett hits it out of the park again with a fascinating look at the grossest information kids love to know. (And do!) Plus, this is a rhyming book that works! (My pet peeve when it doesn’t.) It actually rhymes and makes sense. So, I give two enthusiastic belches for this terrific new book from the author of The Butt Book. My kids love this book (and so do I). I wonder what belching facts your kids will love the most?”
Imagination Soup

“After tackling the subjects of butts and poop (The Butt Book and Poopendous!), where else would Mr. Bennett turn—body gases of course! This is another hilarious yet scientifically amazing book from Artie Bennett! He handles these subjects with so much ease and humor, you just can’t put this book down! It is put into two separate sections (BELCHES & BURPS, and FARTS), which are equally hilarious. I like that it shares fun facts about our internal gases, too! Did you know that we can’t burp when on our backs? That termites fart the most? That you fart about 14 times a day (I counted—it’s true!)? Mr. Bennett makes these books great for any age and you also get to learn a bit about biology! The story is done in a well-done rhyme that sounds natural and flows off of the tongue. It makes it easier for younger kids to read, and there will be giggles all around. The illustrations are awesome, and have tiny little details in them that will keep you howling with laughter! I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!
This Kid Reviews Books

A GAS OF A TALE!
“So what is this book about? Well, I think you know the gist of it from the title. What you may not expect is the way that it goes about giving children of all ages scientific information. Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My! truly is educational. Readers will learn why we pass gas via different routes of the body. I must confess, I read this book aloud to TechyDad the evening it arrived while he was cooking dinner. I wanted to preview the silly and educational tale before reading it with the boys. The two of us laughed a lot. Sure it talked about bodily functions that many are not comfortable with, but they are a fact of life. There is just something wonderful about the rhyme and rhythm of the book that dishes out fart jokes and facts side by side. Add in the hilarious and colorful illustrations by Pranas T. Naujokaitis and you have a fantastic combination. While reading the book to JSL, he was fascinated with the fact that you can’t burp while on your back. I have a feeling he may try to see if he can do this. One of my favorite moments was when I was reading this page to JSL: TechyDad heard the page again and yelled, “So, does that mean that SpongeBob does not fart?” The laughter from the seven-year-old was priceless as everyone thought about episodes they may have seen. I won’t spoil the rest of the book. All I will say is I highly recommend it to others. While it may not be on a traditional topic, I think it’s important to have fun while learning about the body and science. Just remember the more comfortable you are now talking about belches, burps, and farts, the easier other talks may be in the future about other tricky topics. Have you read any books by Artie Bennett? If you have not, what are you waiting for?
The Angel Forever

NEW & NOTEWORTHY
“Combining facts about two of our most noisome bodily functions with rhyming humor and colorful illustrations, Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My! is a book that is guaranteed to entice even the most reluctant readers to take a look. From our first, sweet burps on our mother’s shoulder to animals that can and cannot fart, Artie Bennett’s research and Pranas Naujokaitis’s wonderfully wacky pictures offer a lot of food for thought. The book raises so many interesting facts that it quickly becomes a springboard for a trip to the library (“I didn’t know that! I want to know more!’), or you may find yourself making a family fart chart to see if it’s true that ‘we average 14 toots per day!’ After you share this book with your 4-to-8-year-old child, story time will never be the same again!
Brooklyn Family

“My boys have been enamored with Artie Bennett’s books every since reading his first book The Butt Book, so I knew this next book would be eagerly anticipated. Just as I suspected, this book was a huge hit with both of my boys, and my daughter giggled each time the boys roared with laughter. Not only will this book make kids laugh, it is filled with fun educational facts about belches, burps, and farts. In fact, my boys get such a kick out of reading the facts and bits located at the end of this book, that it is now required reading along with the book.
Mommy PR

What I didn’t expect was to laugh so hard at some passages myself that I’d have to put the book down to catch my breath. The book is broken down into two parts, first belches and burps (there is a difference!) and then farts. The rhythm and rhyme makes the text easy to read and the information easy to understand for the youngest of readers. Each page is loaded with facts about the production of gas including the source of the smell, the duration of the sound, and which animals emit the most and why. The illustrations by Pranas T. Naujokaitis add to the hilarity of the book. Each emission takes on a life of its own. My son and I lingered over many pages, marveling at the facial expressions of the people and animals. Each picture compliments the text in such a way that we found ourselves reading passages more than once and pointing out details in the scene. The final pages offer more than two dozen quick facts about burps and farts. Some are scientific, throwing out the gaseous makeup of our eructation (the medical term for a belch, as I just learned), while others are just plain silly like the various expressions people use to describe passing gas. There is nothing crude about this book, making it appropriate for children of all ages and anyone else who can appreciate a good fart joke. I’m of the belief that one of the best ways to take the shock factor out of a taboo is to sit down and face it head-on. With Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!, little ones can explore the science of their bodies in a fun and easy-to-understand way. I’m quite certain my son will pull this book off the shelf regularly for some reading giggles!
Barista Kids

 

About the Author

Artie Bennett is the executive copy editor for a children’s book publisher and he writes a little on the side (but not the backside!). Artie, who would be hailed as “the Dr. Seuss of your caboose,” wrote The Butt Book, his first “mature” work, which was published in 2010. The Butt Book was showered with praise and won the prestigious Reuben Award for Book Illustration. His “number two” picture book, fittingly, was entitled Poopendous!  What more fertile topic could there be but poop!  Poopendous! earned a bumper crop of great reviews, including this one in the Huffington Post: “For anyone who loved The Butt Book, you must immediately go and buy Artie Bennett’s follow-up, Poopendous! It appears there is no topic Mr. Bennett can’t make funny and educational.” The Show Me Librarian weighed in with: “Bennett’s use of rhyme is excellent; his stanzas flow and exude joviality in a manner that few writers since Dr. Seuss have truly mastered. Simply put, these books are a joy.” His third picture book, the much-anticipated Peter Panda Melts Down!, illustrated by the virtuosic artist John Nez, published in February 2014. Artie was the youngest (at age thirteen) person to originate and sell a crossword puzzle to the New York Times. He went on to sell several dailies and two large Sunday puzzles to the Times before he began college. It’s been downhill ever since. He and his wife, Leah, live deep in the bowels of Brooklyn, New York, where he spends his spare time moving his car to satisfy the rigorous demands of alternate-side-of-the-street parking and shaking his fist at his neighbors. He is pleased to share the visionary promise of The Butt BookPoopendous!, Peter Panda Melts Down!, and Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!
Author’s website ArtieBennett.com

School Visit Information 

Artie loves to share his hilarious and educational picture books with schoolchildren. His books can be used to jumpstart a discussion on many nature-themed topics. He can read his books aloud and/or give a PowerPoint presentation filled with fascinating information. His appearances are always highly interactive and engage children at all levels.

“Thank you for the absolutely delightful assembly at Maple Shade Elementary School.
The children adored the presentation! Poopendous! is infused with a delightful use of
rhyme, onomatopoeia, remarkable facts, and extraordinary illustrations that kept the children mesmerized throughout the entirety of your appearance. As an educator, I love it. The story serves as a fabulous starting point for language arts, science, math, and cultural diversity.”
—Susan Cramer, Reading Specialist, Maple Shade Elementary School, Pennsylvania

“Artie Bennett educates and delights at the same time. Students are on the edge of their seats and engaged during his appearances. Written in verse, his texts lend themselves well to science, poetry, creative writing, and multiple cross-curricular connections. Mr. Bennett is an engaging speaker and hands fly high whenever he opens the floor for questions.”
—Amy Althoff, Literacy Coordinator, Explore Charter Schools

Please contact him at artie@artiebennett.com.