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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Kid Konnection: Poopendous! by Artie Bennett

Poopendous! by Artie Bennett
Blue Apple Books
ISBN: 978-1609051907
Published March 27, 2012
Hardcover, 36 pages
Ages: 4 and up

When the author asked if we wanted to review his second book, my son was thrilled. He loved Bennett's first publication The Butt Book (read our review here). Following Bennet's penchant for writing about what no one wants to talk about, Poopendous is right up the ally for my son who often jokes about this topic with his buddies. Best of all, Bennett personalized the book by signing it with a personal message to my son that garnered an ear-to-ear brilliant smile from my kid.

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!)

Reviewed by Laura and son

Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending us this book for review. We were not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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