Poopendous!

Poopendous!
by Artie Bennett
Publisher: Blue Apple Books, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-60905-190-7                                                     For ages: 4-9

Summary

“Everyone poops—yes, it’s true—from aardvarks to the humped zebu.”

Artie Bennett, author of the award-winning and much-acclaimed The Butt Book, delivers the inside scoop on every type and use of poop in his “number two,” spanking-new picture book. In hilarious verses, with eye-popping illustrations, Poopendous! relates the many, often remarkable uses of poop throughout the world while paying homage to its prolific producers, from cats to bats to wombats! Virtuoso illustrator Mike Moran gives us a Noah’s Ark of animals doing their less-than-solemn doody. So pick up your pooper-scooper and come along for a riotously rib-tickling ride. You just may agree that poop is truly quite . . .  poopendous!

Reviews

“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. There aren’t many picture books that teach kids that “Monkeys fling when under stress. It helps the monkey decompress” and “Seeds inside a critter’s poop might go as far as Guadeloupe!” I’m not kidding when I say this came in handy at my son’s preschool last week.” —The Huffington Post

“Guess what?!? We already have Poopendous!, and I have even been known to give spontaneous in-store readings. What a delightful, hilarious, informative, fascinating book. Thank you for writing to us, and for writing such great books! Best of luck to you, and hip-poop-hooray!” —Tegan Tigani, children’s book buyer for Queen Anne Books

Poopendous! is an awesome picture book. If you are looking for a really funny book with great pictures any kid will sit through, this is the book. Artie Bennett obviously knows what makes kids laugh and the former children’s librarian in me applauds him for his use of unique vocabulary and content that keeps kids engaged and talking. —Long Days, Short Years

“Bennett addresses this subject with a nimble rhyme: ‘Rabbit pellets, raccoon tubes, / Owl whitewash, and wombat cubes./ Camel poop is desert-dry. / Wet poop comes from birds on high.’ There are kernels of wisdom to be found in Poopendous!, but the main point is entertainment.”          —Publishers Weekly

The Best Picture Books of Summer 2012  “A new classic for the potty genre! Who doesn’t crack up when it comes to potty talk? (Maybe grandmas?) Artie Bennett first impressed us with The Butt Book (LOVE) and he’s delighting us with Poopendous!, an everything poops book whose rhymes work perfectly (and I’m picky about rhyming books) to delight and impress young (and old) readers.” —Imagination Soup

Poopendous! is a hysterical look at a bodily function everyone can relate to from the smallest bird to the largest human. It’s a clever way to show children that pooping is no big deal and can actually be quite helpful.Artie Bennett, author of The Butt Book, has written a new book, in rhyme about poop! He starts out acknowledging that poop is gross, especially when we step in it. But then he shares that everyone poops from ‘aardvarks to the humped zebu’ and that it is ‘simply part of life’s routine.’ After assuring readers that it’s natural to poop, he goes on to state all the ways it is used—this is the best part of the book and surely to get some ‘EWWWW!’ out of readers. He talks about manure, which most of us know, but what about people in other countries that actually build their houses out of it? Love it!  In the end, he sums up his feelings on poop—it’s, of course, ‘Poopendous!’ Mike Moran’s illustrations are super cute. If you have a preschooler who is reluctant to go number 2 in the potty, get this book! There are sure to be giggles abound when you share this book in a classroom. It goes perfect with a unit on digestion with a health curriculum or even in science with a plant unit. You can try to answer questions after reading the book and do further research, ‘Why does manure help plants grow better? Why does everyone poop?’ This book will catch children’s attention; and from it, you can teach these objectives in health and science!” —Margo Dill

“If Dr. Seuss decided to write about bodily functions, he probably would have come up with something as zany as Poopendous! Artie Bennett’s first book, The Butt Book, was an uproariously funny book about creatures’ behinds. In his latest endeavor, Bennett tackles different types of poop and their uses. Okay, the adult in you says, ‘Gross.’ The kid in you, however, is wondering how we’ve come this far without someone writing a book like this. Kids love this topic, so why not make it educational too? From what different types of animal poop is called to its shape or size and to how it is used, kids will be on the floor laughing, not realizing they are learning a bunch of neat information. Mike Moran provides the vibrant, silly artwork that perfectly matches the crazy rhymes and topic. It’s even hard to say Poopendous! without chuckling. Do you want your kids to be eager to read? I bet this book will help. Highly recommended! Rating: Five Stars!”   —Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

“Artie Bennett returns with another rib-cracking, jaw-breaking, and wildly entertaining picture book called Poopendous! The Inside Scoop on Every Type and Use of Poop! Illustrated by Mike Moran, this book combines witty verses and funny illustrations to share the ‘inside scoop’ about an ‘icky-poo subject’ that people would not bother talking about, let alone say the name. If you’re having second thoughts about reading this book, then I’m telling you right now: READ THIS BOOK! If Dr. Seuss or Roald Dahl were to pick up this book, I’m quite certain that they would take delight in the title alone, and find the actual content even more delightful! With the aid of the knowledgeable Professor Pip Poopdeck, readers will learn about all kinds and uses of poop ‘from aardvarks to the humped zebu.’ One of the things I really liked about Poopendous! is how it can be enjoyed on two different levels. On the one hand, it is a hilarious read, and readers will have so much fun reading the rhyming verses that are accompanied by the bright and zany cartoon sketches of Mike Moran. It’s definitely worth reading aloud! On the other hand, it has that ‘scientific’ feel to it in which children can actually learn something, like they would in an illustrated science book. So you see, Poopendous! is more than your average laugh-out-loud picture book. I highly recommend that you share this book with children. It has the three E’s: Entertaining, Engaging, and Educational. Read this book and I guarantee that you’ll never look at poop the same way again.” —Gathering Books

Five Enthusiastic Stars “When I was looking through the list of author signings for BEA 2012, I was definitely on the lookout for books that would not only entertain but also educate my three-and-a-half-year-old son. When I pulled the books out of my suitcases and we looked through the stack, he picked this one out right away and we haven’t stopped reading it since! Poopendous! promises to give you “the inside scoop on every type and use of poop” and this picture book certainly delivers! Follow Professor Poopdeck and his two young companions as they learn all about the different names and types of poop, how animals use it to mark their territory, and the many ways humans have used it for fuel and fertilizer, all shown in fun, to the point, colorful illustrations. From the title that is just plain fun to say to the vibrant illustrations to the rhyming prose that flows off the tongue, Poopendous! is an entertaining and humorous look at all things poop while being educational. My son and I have a lot of fun reading this book and pointing out all of the little nuances in the illustrations, down to the small details. Five enthusiastic stars from this mom and early reader for this picture book. Now I’m off to order Artie Bennett’s The Butt Book.” Bewitched Bookworms

The July Book of the Month! “Artie Bennett is the clever children’s author of two of my son’s favorite books. I featured Bennett’s giggle-inducing book, The Butt Book, last year and could not resist featuring his latest creation, Poopendous!, as this month’s must-have children’s book. Artie Bennett’s newest story covers a loaded topic that is immensely funny and surprisingly educational. Poopendous! engages my 4-year-old son’s mind and tickles his funny bone. He simply adores this book. We have actually read Poopendous! so many times that my son recites it from memory. Poopendous! takes you on a fun adventure discovering the many practical uses of poop. This story captures children’s attention and quenches their thirst for knowledge. Before Poopendous! arrived on our doorstep, the topic of poop was limited to dirty diapers and potty training. Now after reading Poopendous! nearly a hundred times, many insightful conversations have been initiated by my son regarding poop and its many uses. The story flows amazing well with Bennett’s clever rhyming words and the funny illustrations by Mike Moran. I can honestly say I never thought I would enjoy a book about poop but Poopendous! is an engaging story that you won’t soon forget.” —The Children’s Nook

“A book like Artie Bennett’s Poopendous! comes in so incredibly handy. The rhymes and illustrations make it nicely lighthearted. It does a beautiful job of walking the line between ‘everyone does it and it’s just part of life’ and ‘it’s not something you want to bring in for show-and-tell.’ Plus, it’s so packed with information that it’s perfect for a parent whose kid is firmly in the “why” phase but who doesn’t want to dig up a lot of fecal facts.” —New York Family

“Breezy and breathless!” —Kirkus Reviews

“Artie Bennett is one of my absolute favorite children’s authors. He has an incredible talent for writing catchy tales that children of all ages absolutely love! When Artie contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing his new book, I very enthusiastically said yes! I had such a blast reviewing The Butt Book and thought that Poopendous! would be just as much fun. This book is full of great information and Artie’s talent for writing clever, rhyming children’s stories has always kept my son’s attention. We absolutely love this book and have already read it several times. This is a great book to read together with a child that is learning to read or as an amusing bedtime story. I am very impressed with Artie Bennett and each of his adorable books. Children of every age will really enjoy Poopendous! I highly recommend this book to parents and grandparents of younger children that are learning to read, children that are being potty-trained or anyone looking for an amusing bedtime story to read with their children.
Shopaholic Rating: 6 out of 5 Shopping Bags. Usually when I’m this anxious about something, I work myself up so much I end up disappointed, but this book actually exceeded even my highest expectations. I absolutely love this book!” —Shopaholic Mommy

Poopendous! begins by talking about how poop is kind of a disgusting subject, how there are different names for it, and how all creatures poop. There’s a delightful illustration of a woman looking horrified about the poop on her shoe, a skunk holding his nose, a dog howling, a boy looking queasy, and your guide, Professor Pip Poopdeck, appearing perfectly calm. So cute. I love it! Educational, silly, rhythmical rhyming text and fun, colorful, goofy illustrations make Poopendous! a rocking fine edition to a child’s shelf. Recommended.” —Bookfoolery and Babble

Bennett’s use of rhyming text, dialogue and educational tidbits about—you guessed it—poop, mixed with his sense of humour and colorful, funny illustrations from Mike Moran blend to make this an amusing and enlightening read. Bennett captures the curiosity and boldness that children display when they want to know about a topic. He clearly states that . . . “now you have the inside scoop on every type and use of poop . . . Why should such wondrous stuff offend us?” Indeed! Children will learn that in some parts of the world, dung is used to fertilize soil, to make a fire for cooking, to seal native shacks and more. My son thought this was a cool book because of these fascinating facts. He also thought it funny and he liked the illustrations. He liked learning about poop especially after having seen fossilized dinosaur poop at the museum last year, but he did think some uses of it in some countries was ‘ew!’ gross. This book is ideal for the curious kid (or adult) 4 years and older. It grabs your attention from beginning to end with witty text and eye-catching illustrations. I had fun reading it with my son and it will claim a spot in our library as a memorable read even years after my kids have grown. Note: This book is rated C = clean read (even though the topic may not be! Ha!)” —Library of Clean Reads

“When you were a little kid, you probably heard your mother say, ‘Eeeeuuuuuww, don’t pick that up!’ There were lots of nasty, icky things that you thought were interesting then (and you might still), but that your mother knew were definitely meant to be left alone. Mud, for instance, bugs, or yucky stuff that was outside way too long. Bleah.Those were the things you learned to ignore, but there’s one icky substance that’s actually very useful and kinda cool. In the new book Poopendous! by Artie Bennett, illustrations by Mike Moran, you’ll see what it is. What in the world would we do without doo-doo? Read this book and find out. You’ll be the most poopular kid in the neighborhood. So your child has made exploration his doodie . . . er, duty? He thinks scat is all that? So why not step in his world and read to him something he’ll love? Yes, indeed, Poopendous! is cute. The rhyme that makes the story will give your child piles of giggles. But author Artie Bennett also teaches kids a smidge of science and a bit of biology inside this book, a benefit that doesn’t wipe away the silliness one bit. Add in illustrations by Mike Moran that run poopendicular to the narrative, and you’ve got a book that kids will never want to leave alone. Meant for children ages 5-7, I think this book might de-squirm the right preschooler, too. If your child wants the scoop on poop, Poopendous! is a book to pick up.” —Savannah Morning News

“Artie Bennett’s The Butt Book was a huge hit in my house (I have two boys, so what do you expect?), so I was excited to hear that Bennett has outdone himself once again with Poopendous! We’re introduced to Professor P. Poopdeck who takes us on a journey to explore a substance most of us try to ignore. Young readers will be fascinated to learn that everyone poops, it comes in all shapes and sizes, it can be wet or dry, monkey dung is flung, and it has many uses. Told in fun rhyme, this book covers it all and kids will be laughing out loud at the hilarious illustrations of a woman stepping in poop, Professor Poopdeck hurling a cowpie, and more. So lighten up and have some fun and know that after you read this book, ‘you’ll have the inside scoop, on every type and use of poop.” —Lori Calabrese Writes!

“Artie has done it again. Kids of all ages love to talk about poop, and Artie creatively capitalized on that with his colorful, educational, and funny book Poopendous!” —Family and Life in Las Vegas

Teacher’s Guide

Get the scoop on poop! A teacher’s guide to Poopendous! is available to download at Artie’s website: http://www.artiebennett.com/Poopendous!_Guide.pdf

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 Book, Poopendous!, Peter Panda Melts Down!, and Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!  Visit ArtieBennett.com . . . before someone else does!
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.


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