Saturday, September 20, 2014
Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week, I'm going to share with you a fun picture book that's guaranteed to make your kids smile!
With Bennett's signature combination of real science and zany rhyme, kids will learn the how, why, and where of gas-tastic eruptions made by people and animals, such as:
why we can't burp while on our backs which animals can't "cut the cheese" how fish communicate via burp bubbles why soda and burps go together who farts more - boys or girls Capped off with a spread on "Fart-tastic Facts & Burp-tacular Bits," this amazing, amusing mix of humor and nonfiction is an ideal draw for reluctant readers, classroom units on body science - and kids who just think burps and farts are funny!
Given visual gas-pression via Pranas T. Naujokaitis's exuberant cartoon-style illustrations, look for this to be a hit with both kids and educators.
For as Mr. Bennett puts it:
Cows and pigs, crude or classy,
Kids, grown-ups, we're all...
GASSY! -- Blue Apple Books
You might be doing a double take right now as you process the title of the picture book that I'm featuring on Kid Konnection this week. The book is titled BELCHES, BURPS, AND FARTS - OH MY! and its written by Artie Bennett and illustrated by Pranas T. Naujokaitis. I think I know what you're thinking....
BELCHES, BURPS, AND FARTS - OH MY! talks about the noises our body can make! It is a very funny book especially if you know young boys who are obsessed with these bodily functions -- and what elementary age boy isn't? However, this book isn't too crude or too nasty. Rather, it educates kids about the science involved in belches, burps, and toots (I taught my kids that word when when were little, and quite honestly, I'm a little more comfortable with it!)
Booking Son has been was a big fan of Mr. Bennett's books since he was a little guy because Mr. Bennett covers lots of taboo subjects (or at least somewhat taboo in our house.) I dare say he will love this one too! I even had to chuckle at the adorable illustrations and the fun way that the author handles these subjects.
BELCHES, BURPS, AND FARTS - OH MY! does have some interesting tidbits about our bodies and how we process gas. I know that sentence sounds a little silly, but did you know that you can't burp while on your back? Pretty interesting, right? The author also teaches kids that not every creature can toot. For example, jellyfish, sponges, and anemones can't "cut the cheese!" (His words, not mine!)
This book makes science fun! The book actually demonstrates to kids how a "toot" is made in our body. He also explains the benefits of how our bodies (and other animal's bodies) benefit from gas. While the lesson is done in a tongue-in-cheek manner, the author provides many facts and lets kids know that it's normal to be gassy!
One part of this book that is sure to be a hit occurs on the last two pages. The author has collect "Fart-tastic Facts and Burp-Tacular Bits" and it's chock full of fun facts including the loudest recorded burp on record. I still can't believe I'm writing this much about the subject of gas, but I have to say that, as a mother to an elementary age boy, I now get it!
If you're looking for a fun way to teach your kids about the subject of gas in our bodies, then I recommend taking a look at BELCHES, BURPS, AND FARTS - OH MY!
If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!