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Poopendous! Hardcover – March 27, 2012
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--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)
"The book is infused with a delightful use of rhyme, onomatopoeia, remarkable facts, and extraordinary illustrations that kept the children mesmerized. Poopendous! is simultaneously whimsical and instructive. As an educator, I love it. The story serves as a fabulous starting point for language arts, science, math, cultural diversity lessons. Poopendous! reminds me of Dr. Seuss books that can be read and reread without ever getting old. Poopendous! has created quite a fan base in our community. We are anxiously awaiting the publication of your next book."
--Susan Cramer (reading specialist)
"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. Mike Moran provides the vibrant, silly artwork that perfectly matches the crazy rhymes and topic. Do you want your kids to be eager to read? I bet this book will help. Highly recommended!"
"Artie Bennett returns with another rib-cracking, jaw-breaking, wildly entertaining picture book called Poopendous! Illustrated by Mike Moran, it combines witty verses and funny illustrations to give the inside scoop about an icky-poo subject that people would rather not talk about, let alone say its 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 they would take delight in the title alone, and find the actual content even more delightful!"
Praise for Artie Bennett's The Butt Book:
"a good-natured hymn of praise to rear ends" [with] plenty of laughs..."
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Top Customer Reviews
Everything (and then some) you ever wanted to know about poop! The appropriately named Professor P. Poopdeck leads readers on an enlightening tour, from humans to pets, to wild animals of all different kinds. Yup, they all poop, but in all sorts of different ways. Birds poop in the sky - thank goodness elephants don't. It may be straight poop for humans, but it's pellets from rabbits, tubes from raccoons, tubes from wombats, and dung when it become a beetle snack.
This book reminds me of the classic Everyone Poops, but with humor! Artie Bennett can use all the funny phrases, rhyming text, and imaginative illustrations he wants, but he cannot quite conceal how informative this book is. This is clever enough to have children giggling, but also contains enough well-presented facts to appease parents.
My personal favorite is the souvenir stand set up hawking moose poop transformed into jewelry and wall art. Man, I hope that is fictional and not a real stand someone stumbled across on their vacation. But readers have plenty of pages from which to choose their favorite: monkeys flinging dung, flies letting loose under the microscope, raccoons pooping onto wombats ... it's all here!
From the various words used for poop, to its many uses, Poopendous covers it all! Once again, Bennett uses funny, clever rhymes to tell his story, and he is a master at word choices, picking the absolute best ones. Like The Butt Book, this book is in no way inappropriate or gross (even if its subject is icky!). Bennett is so good at finding the balance between amusing and educational, and Poopendous is especially engaging. Little readers will certainly laugh-out-loud at the book’s charming humor, but they will also learn a great deal...I know I did!
Mike Moran’s illustrations wonderfully bring Bennett’s words to life! Moran’s bright, cartoonish pictures are absolutely hysterical. Each living creature depicted is given such amusing and captivating expressions. Moran’s illustrations are total poop...which, in this instance, is a very very good thing!
I never imagined the topic of poop could be so delightfully engaging, but Bennett has made it so. Approached with humor and thought, this icky topic has been wonderful explored in Poopendous!
The particular excellence of this book about the different kinds of poop made by animals is the cleverness of the rhymes and the appeal of the cartoonish artwork that is really engaging to kids. The rhyme scheme is so funny, even for adults: "Poop from critters is called dung, and monkey dung is sometimes flung." (The illustration of an astonished jungle explorer named Professor P. Poopdeck-- being pelted by mischevious monkees, while being observed by a grossed out snake made me laugh out loud.) So is the illustration for a poor, impaitient dog who really needs to go outside: "Your dog may bark to drop a clue--She needs to do her doggy-doo"
So really this fun book is a sure hit for little ones who find this subject hysterical. They will learn about all kinds of animals and their habitats and habits in a fun a funny way. Recomended to those parents and teachers with a sense of humor who know what kids like.
The story takes us on a journey with Professor Pip Poopdeck, who is full of fun facts such as "Poop from critters is called dung, and monkey dung is sometimes flung." Or, "Camel poop is desert-dry. Wet poop comes from birds on high." Mike Moran's colorful illustrations are funny too. Every page features the professor and his two students, a girl and a boy, as they travel the world to find out facts about poop. You see mice and frogs and aardvarks, dogs and hippos and termites all happily getting down to business.
Poopendous is sure to delight kids and the adults who read to them. I highly recommend it.
The author provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion in this review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My granddaughter age 6 loves this at bedtime and knows it is funny with us at home but not a show and tell book. Perfect science lessons for first graders and up!Published 5 months ago by Mubbs
It seems that my 9 year old is obsessed with poo. She changes the words to songs she hears to include the word "poop," and when I asked her what she wanted for Christmas,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Letitia Lambert
Poop is always a fascinating subject for the 6 and under crowd I have over here.Published 16 months ago by michelle brouwer
Last year I reviewed Artie’s The Butt Book. Earlier this year he approached me to review his new book Poopendous. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kathy Habel
I used this book to teach my student's author's purpose! It was a great tool to use! Excellent book, that kept my kids engaged!Published on October 26, 2013 by Teddie
The kids really like it. It is now their favorite read.
Artie is a cool guy. We met him on a trip.