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Sweet Farts #2: Rippin' It Old School (Sweet Farts Series) [Kindle Edition]

Raymond Bean
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Book Description

Keith Emerson discovered the cure for the common fart when he invented Sweet Farts. At age ten, Keith is a self-made millionaire who runs a science lab and is in charge of his own company—so what could possibly be bothering him? Well, his four-year-old sister’s newfound love of farting is causing all kinds of problems. His friends spend most of their time and energy trying to embarrass him for fun. And if that isn’t enough to drive a kid crazy, the big science fair is weeks away and Keith has no idea what to do for his next experiment.

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A Q&A with Author Raymond Bean

Question: What were your favorite books as a child?

Raymond Bean: I loved everything by Dr. Seuss. My earliest book memory as a reader were the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel. I remember loving that they were short stories I could read on my own. I thought Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume was HYSTERICAL! My fourth grade teacher read it to my class and I remember laughing along with the story. I enjoy reading it to my class to this day. Judy Blume’s Fudge series opened my eyes to books in a series, and I read many Hardy Boys and Encyclopedia Brown books. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlotte's Web were books I read over and over. A book about Yogi Berra was the first nonfiction title I remember loving. Being a big baseball and basketball fan, I read about my favorite players and loved learning sports facts and trivia.

Question: Were you a reluctant reader?

Raymond Bean: There were times when I had books I was reading that I loved and couldn't put down. There were also periods I remember when I couldn't find books that I liked and wanted to read. I remember those periods being frustrating because I wanted to read, but had trouble finding something that connected with me. For example, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing spoke to me--I felt like I knew Peter Hatcher. He spoke and thought like my friends and me and felt like one of the guys. There weren’t enough books that made me feel like "one of the guys." I think this is true of most "reluctant readers." It's not that they don't want to read, it's usually that they can't find that book that speaks to them and they want to read.

Question: Did any books or authors influence you in your teaching or writing careers?

Raymond Bean: I think every book I ever loved helped to influence my teaching and writing. Seeing the movie Stand By Me had a huge impact on me when I was young. The characters seemed so real to me and it was that time period when I remember wanting to create stories. I later learned that Stand By Me was written by Stephen King and was part of a collection of four novellas in the book Different Seasons.

Chris Elliot, the comedian, published a book called Daddy's Boy. It was quick reading and ridiculously funny. It made me want to write silly stories of my own.

Question: What would you say to the parents, teachers, or librarians who feel that "bathroom humor”" is a discredit to the general book world?

Raymond Bean: I think the genre plays an important role in bringing the most reluctant readers to the bookshelf. For many reluctant readers, this genre is proof that books can be a good time! Books like Captain Underpants, The Day My Butt Went Psycho, and Sweet Farts appeal to children because they are silly and fun. Kids like silly and fun. If you have ever listened to elementary grade children talk for an extended period of time you know that they are generally very silly. Isn't being silly a big part of the fun in growing up? I believe that many students build their reading confidence in this genre. Perhaps it helps them complete their first chapter book and then they are hungry for more.

Question: Your wife has called Sweet Farts "a smart book with a silly title." Please explain.

Raymond Bean: I think she explains it perfectly. The Sweet Farts series is more than books about flatulence. There are also connections to science and history woven throughout. They are books that are written with the reluctant reader, the parent, the librarian, and the teacher in mind, and I think they will all find something to love about the series.

From Booklist

In Sweet Farts (2008), 10-year-old Keith Emerson invented a much-heralded product that took the smell out of intestinal gas for his school science project. In much of this sequel, though, Keith is discontented. He can’t come up with anything to match his earlier invention; his little sister refuses to eat anything but candy; and he is nervous about an upcoming television interview. As the novel’s title suggests, there is nothing subtle about the humor here, and even the fart jokes get a bit old. Additional comic scenes, though, add needed variety to the gas-centric humor, which will delight its target audience. Grades 3-5. --Todd Morning

Product Details

  • File Size: 806 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935597086
  • Publisher: Two Lions (August 3, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,905 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humor and History - What A Great Read! February 1, 2009
Sweet Farts
What kid won't pick up a book that has "Farts" on the cover? I know as a teacher and grandmother I'm always looking for a well written book that even reluctant readers will engage in. Well "Sweet Farts" hooks kids with a very funny story line, lovable characters (I'm especially fond of the grandma), authentic connections to science and social studies (who would have ever thought that Benjamin Franklin really DID write about farts!) and the universal theme of making the best out of a bad situation. I hope this author continues writing about Keith growing up and solving real problems.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for Third Graders November 5, 2009
By Felicia
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My third grader finished the latest installment of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and was utterly forlorn. He's a good reader, but somehow he would rather play Madden 10 than pick up a book. I searched Amazon and was lead to SweetFarts. It was a fantastic recommendation! The story encompasses the frustration and pressure of being teased at school, the frustration of having to do an assignment that seems onerous and painful AND a fantastic resolution to both of those issues! With the issue of passing gas liberally sprinkled throughout the tale, it kept my somewhat skeptical third grader glued to the pages.

The vocabulary is accessible, but challenging and the moral to the story is great. I highly recommend this book to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2nd - 4th grade audience.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for a young reader who likes a good laugh! December 5, 2008
GREAT KIDS BOOK! I bought this book for my nephew who is 12 and he loved it! I ended up reading some of the chapters with him and we were both cracking up. It was an easy read and really sparked his interest in reading for fun. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun book for young readers.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK November 9, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I teach sixth grade and bought this book a couple of weeks ago. It was sitting on the shelf in my personal bookcase. Students were sneaking looks at it and begging me to read it. I read it today and now I HAVE to pass it along to our science teacher. What a great book!!! This book includes science, history,lessons about bullying, and being true to yourself. I am so impressed with this book. I think the author is a teacher who self-published. SUPPORT HIM! He is so talented. I am impressed. Here's hoping he writes more books. I believe kids (and adults) of all ages will laugh and learn something by reading Sweet Farts.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey! May 26, 2010
By Terry L
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Hey, this isn't a book about farts! This is a book about family and friends and stick-with-it-ness. Farts are just the medium used to pull it all together.

This is a quick-paced, well-written book that should keep its target audience's attention all the way through. It is enjoyable, comical and doesn't waste space with unneeded words that would slow the action down.

I liked it. I would give it to my kids (and, in fact, I did).

An enjoyable, quick read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy July 18, 2011
By Dalton
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My mom got this book for me and I simply said, "Huh, I bet it's just one of those books that authors write for young kids to make it look funny." But I was badly mistaken. This book is one of the funniest books I have ever read. Best of all it has my favorite trait, addicting. I was so excited when I was reading it I was really sad when it was finished. I wanted other people to have the enjoyable laughs that I had when reading this book. So I decided to come and share with all the people deciding this book. It's a must get! In my opinion I would say for the ages 8-12 but it really just is for good laughs. Any age over 8 will understand and have a good laughing when they're reading. I read this book when I was 11 years old and I cracked up into pieces. This is the perfect book for kids trying to read a comedy. I personally do not like reading, yet, I read and was immediately captured! I was really glad to have read it. If you don't like reading or if you do like reading this is the perfect book for you. You won't even know you're reading it's like a movie or a great dream! My point is this book is so perfect and funny for reading that it's not a book! Its better like a movie! Or a fairytale! Anyway, you gotta get this book. Don't waist your time thinking, while you could be enjoying and laughing along with this outstanding book. Enjoy!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected! January 8, 2010
I purchased the book based on a couple other reviews. I read it as soon as it came in to make sure it was going to be a good for my son to read. I liked it and now that my son is reading it he can't put it down. I like the fact that it is educational and silly at the same time!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inventing new fart scents May 3, 2011
Keith Emerson is the key character in this new kids' book. He is being blamed for passing some awful smelling gas in the classroom. He also got a new (not so nice) nickname, "S.B.D." (Silent But Deadly). Keith decides to find a cure for bad smelling gas and makes that as his science project.

If you like farts and books like Griffiths: the day my butt went psycho, Just disgusting, and Captain Underpants, then you probably laugh reading this book.

The story is quite simple, but it will attract the boys who are not so eager to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Great read for kids. Nice and clean story telling. Inspirational themes. Loved it. Now I can let loose more Daddy farts.
Published 12 hours ago by Menon
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Fun chapter book. Read aloud with Grandma, laughed a lot. I am going into third grade. Love chapter books. Thanks
Published 1 day ago by Grammy50
5.0 out of 5 stars this book was great
This book was great. The thing I disliked about it was about how the people bullied him. I love this book.
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
I do not have a part in the book that I did not like. I really think that lots of people should read it.
Published 1 month ago by subfamily
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! Great read for my 9 year old son
Had to read this book just to see what was so funny. This book is well written about a subject that my son finds amusing----farts. I enjoyed it as well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tinkerbell
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was ripping it
Raymond beans book was the most awesomely awesome book of awesomeness I've ever read can't wait to read book 3
Published 1 month ago by Heather L. Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and inspiring
this book is very funny. I love it. and it really inspired me and told me that children can make a big difference in the world and are extraordinary.
Published 1 month ago by M. hassan A. Elsha
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
Hi, I believe the sweet farts series is hilarious. Ha ha ah ha ah ah ha ah ah ha ha
Published 1 month ago by The Landry News
5.0 out of 5 stars IT WAS AWESOME
it had a mixture of grossness and comidy SO AWESOME and very weird
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious
This book is great. It is funny and very interesting. It shows you to stand up for what you believe in and maybe someone famous had that same thought. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karen
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More About the Author

Raymond Bean is a dad, a teacher, and the Amazon best-selling author of the Sweet Farts and School Is A Nightmare series. His books have ranked #1 in Children's Humor, Humorous Series, and Fantasy and Adventure. They often rank among Amazon's top 100 books for children.

Translations of his books are available in Germany, Italy and Korea. Editions for Brazil and Turkey are on their way. He writes for kids who claim they don't like reading.

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