Picture Book Review: Poopendous by Artie Bennett

Title: Poopendous
Author: Artie Bennett
Illustrator: Mike Moran
Publisher: Blue Apple Books
Released: March 27, 2012

Book Summary:

Rhyming couplets feature Professor Poopdeck and two young friends as he takes them on a type of poop safari. Words for poop (i.e. guano, number two, ca-ca), its forms and styles (cubes, tubular, wet and dry), and myriad of uses (i.e. souvenirs, a means of tracking and marking, housing insulation, food, fertilizer, fuel) are all conveyed with humor and a certain demand for respect. It’s a book that says: Don’t just flush this stuff away! While it may dismay and stink, there’s more to this stuff than you might think!

Last year I reviewed Artie’s The Butt Book.  Earlier this year he approached me to review his new book Poopendous.  I admit the title had me rolling my eyes – Poopendous: The Inside Scoop on Every Type and Use of Poop – but I have a son who I thought would likely enjoy this book.  After all it seems that burping, farting & pooping are subjects young boys find hilarious.

The rhyming text was easy to read and the pictures were cute.  Obviously this book won’t appeal to everyone but if you have a young reluctant reader this would a book you could try.  It’s one I didn’t mind reading and my 3 youngest kids all enjoyed it. It’s more “silly” than it is “gross”. They rated it 3.5 to 4 stars.

Poop is yucky, poop is foul.
Step in poop and you will howl.
To read this book, you must be strong.
Just hold your nose and come along!

Rating: 4 Stars – Great book for the intended audience.

Source: From Author for Review.